Named after the capital of North Carolina which honors the English explorer Sir Walter Raleigh who was the first to attempt the establishment of an English settlement in North America, the USS RALEIGH was the Navy's first amphibious transport dock and the fourth ship in the Navy to bear the name.
Decommissioned on December 13, 1991, and stricken from the Navy list on January 25, 1992, the RALEIGH was disposed of as a target on December 4, 1994.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: December 19, 1958|
|Keel laid: June 23, 1960|
|Launched: March 17, 1962|
|Commissioned: September 8, 1962|
|Decommissioned: December 13, 1991|
|Builder: New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, NY|
|Propulsion system: two boilers, two steam turbines|
|Length: 522 feet (159.1 meters)|
|Beam: 100 feet (30.5 meters)|
|Draft: 23 feet (7 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 14,000 tons|
|Speed: 20 knots|
|Well deck capacity: one LCU and three LCM-6 or four LCM-8 or 20 LVT|
|LCM-6 or four LCPL on deckadditionally two|
|Aircraft: helo platform only|
|Crew: Ship: approx. 429 Marine Detachment: approx. 930|
|Armament: two 20mm Phalanx CIWS, six Mk-33 3-inch/50-caliber guns|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS RALEIGH. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
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Accidents aboard USS RALEIGH:
|March 24, 1964||off the US east coast|
While serving as target ship for a submarine torpedo firing exercise, the USS RALEIGH is hit by torpedo suffering a hole in her hull. No injuries are reported.
|August 19, 1966||New York City|
USS RALEIGH bumps the cruise liner FRANCE at the Hudson River pier in New York City. No injuries are reported.
|June 22, 1967||Naval Air Station Norfolk, Va.|
A steam line ruptures aboard the USS RALEIGH as it is being repaired while the ship is moored at Naval Air Station Norfolk, killing two.
|September 14, 1976||Atlantic|
USS RALEIGH leaves Moorehead City, NC, after a week's delay caused by inoperative feed pumps to participate in exercise Teamwork off Norway. While crossing the Atlantic, the RALEIGH experiences further engineering problems, causing the ship to be diverted to Plymouth, UK. The ship arrives on September 24 for two weeks of repairs to the feed pumps before sailing on October 9.
|January 10, 1981||Norfolk, Va.|
The USS BIDDLE (CG 34) and USS RALEIGH are slightly damaged when the BIDDLE strikes the moored RALEIGH while approaching a pier in Norfolk, Va.
|October 13, 1981||Mediterranean|
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