Initially laid down as AKA 114 but redesignated LKA 114 on January 1, 1969, the USS DURHAM was the second CHARLESTON - class amphibious cargo ship. In the early 1980s, the DURHAM was transfered to the Naval Reserve Force, but returned to the active fleet shortly afterwards because of the need for additional sealift capacity. Decommissioned on February 25, 1994, the DURHAM is now berthed at the Naval Inactive Ships Maintenance Facility at Pearl Harbor, 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: July 10, 1967|
|Launched: March 29, 1968|
|Commissioned: May 24, 1969|
|Decommissioned: February 25, 1994|
|Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Va.|
|Propulsion system: two boilers, one geared turbine, one propeller shaft, 22,000 shaft horsepower|
|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 |
|Crew: Ship: 22 officers and 334 enlisted USMC: 15 officers and 211 enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS DURHAM. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USS DURHAM Cruise Books:
USS DURHAM Image Gallery:
The photo below was taken by me on July 29, 2006, and shows the DURHAM [front] berthed at the Naval Inactive Ships Maintenance Facility in Pearl Harbor, HI. The other ships are ST. LOUIS (LKA 116) [moored alongside behind the DURHAM], the ACADIA (AD 42) [behind the two amphibious cargo ships] and the DULUTH (LPD 6) [background].
The photos below were taken by me on March 20, 2010, and show the DURHAM still laid-up at the Naval Inactive Ships Maintenance Facility in Pearl Harbor, HI.