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USS Charleston (LKA 113)

- formerly AKA 113 -
- decommissioned -

USS CHARLESTON was the first of five CHARLESTON - class amphibious cargo ships. Initially laid down as AKA 113 but redesignated LKA 113 on January 1, 1969, the USS CHARLESTON was transfered to the Naval Reserve Force in the early 1980s, but returned to the active fleet shortly afterwards because of the need for additional sealift capacity. Decommissioned on April 14, 1968, the CHARLESTON is now berthed at the Naval Inactive Ships Maintenance Facility at Philadelphia, Penn., where she is held in reserve to make her available in the case of a military emergency.

General Characteristics:Awarded: June 11, 1965
Keel laid: December 5, 1966
Launched: December 2, 1967
Commissioned: December 14, 1968
Decommissioned: April 27, 1992
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Va.
Propulsion system: two boilers, one geared turbine, one propeller shaft, 22,000 shaft horsepower
Propellers: one
Length: 575.5 feet (175.4 meters)
Beam: 82 feet (25 meters)
Draft: 25.6 feet (7.8 meters)
Displacement: approx. 18,700 tons full load
Speed: 20+ knots
Aircraft: helicopter platform only
Boats: 4 LCM-8, 4 LCM-6, 2 LCVP and 2 LCP
Armament: two 20mm Phalanx CIWS
Crew: Ship: 22 officers and 334 enlisted     USMC: 15 officers and 211 enlisted

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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS CHARLESTON. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.

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The photos below were taken by me on November 7, 2008, and show the CHARLESTON laid up at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

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