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USS Mobile (LKA 115)

- formerly AKA 115 -
- decommissioned -



USS MOBILE was the third CHARLESTON - class amphibious cargo ship and the fourth ship in the Navy named after the city in Alabama. Initially laid down as AKA 115, the MOBILE was redesignated as LKA 115 on January 1, 1969. Decommissioned on February 4, 1994, the MOBILE is now berthed at the Naval Inactive Ships Maintenance Facility at Philadelphia, 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: January 15, 1968
Launched: October 19, 1968
Commissioned: September 29, 1969
Decommissioned: February 4, 1994
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 MOBILE. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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USS MOBILE Cruise Books:


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



The photos below were taken by me on October 26, 2010, and show the MOBILE still laid up at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.



The photo below was taken by Michael Jenning and shows the MOBILE laid up at the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard on October 7, 2018.



The photo below was taken by Michael Jenning and shows the MOBILE laid up at the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard on May 27, 2022.



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