Named after the fort at the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers - for many years the northernmost military post in the land of the Sioux and Chippewa -, the USS FORT SNELLING was the third THOMASTON - class dock landing ship and the second ship in the Navy to bear the name. The first ship named FORT SNELLING was LSD 23 but this ship's construction was cancelled on August 17, 1945. Decommissioned on September 5, 1984, the FORT SNELLING was stricken from the Navy list on February 24, 1992. On August 25, 1995, the ship was finally sold for scrapping to Peck Recycling, Richmond, Va.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: February 28, 1952|
|Keel laid: August 17, 1953|
|Launched: July 16, 1954|
|Commissioned: January 24, 1955|
|Decommissioned: September 5, 1984|
|Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Miss.|
|Propulsion system: two 600 psi boilers, twp geared turbines|
|Length: 510 feet (155.5 meters)|
|Beam: 84 feet (25.6 meters)|
|Draft: 19 feet (5.8 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 11,300 tons full load|
|Speed: 22 knots|
|Well deck capacity: three LCU or nine LCM-8 or 50 AAV|
|Aircraft: helo platform only|
|Crew: Ship: 18 officers, 330 enlisted|
|Marine Detachment: approx. 330 Marines|
|Armament: two dual 3-inch/50-caliber Mk-33 gun mounts|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS FORT SNELLING. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
Accidents aboard USS FORT SNELLING:
|April 3, 1978||north of Corsica, France|
USS FORT SNELLING and the USNS WACCAMAW (T-AO 109) receive structural damage in a collision when the WACCAMAW loses steering control during refueling. Both ships proceed under their own power to Naples, Italy, for repairs.
|February 2, 1982||Atlantic||USS PONCE (LPD 15) collides with USS FORT SNELLING during a towing exercise which causes minor damage to PONCE's port side, mainly to the accommodation ladder and flight deck catwalk. The two ships were en route to Portsmouth, UK.|
USS FORT SNELLING Image Gallery:
The photo below was taken by Michael Winter and shows the FORT SNELLING laid-up at Norfolk, Va., on August 21, 1994.