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 was subsequently laid up at the Naval Inactive Ships Maintenance Facility at Pearl Harbor, Hi. On August 30, 2020, she was sunk as a target off the Hawaiian coast during exercise RIMPAC 2020.
|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 SINKEX:
Ex-USS DURHAM was sunk as a target during exercise RIMPAC 2020 on August 30, 2020, off Hawaii. The video shows the decommissioned ship being hit by three anti-ship missiles. The SINKEX involved live fire from ships and aircraft. Official US Navy video.
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.