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USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7)

- decommissioned -
- sunk as a target -

USS GUADALCANAL was the third IWO JIMA - class amphibious assault ship (helicopter) and the second ship in the Navy to bear the name. Decommissioned and stricken from the Navy list on August 31, 1994, the GUADALCANAL was subsequently laid up at the James River Reserve Fleet, Fort Eustis, VA. Transfered to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) for disposal on March 16, 2000, the GUADALCANAL was later scheduled to be towed to New York City to serve as helicopter landing platform in the INTREPID Sea, Air and Space Museum area in September 2001. However, those plans were cancelled and the GUADALCANAL was reaquired by the Navy on February 5, 2004 for use as a target. The ship was finally sunk as a target in the Virginia Capes area on May 19, 2005.

General Characteristics:Awarded: December 21, 1959
Keel laid: September 1, 1961
Launched: March 16, 1963
Commissioned: July 20, 1963
Decommissioned: August 31, 1994
Builder: Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, Penn.
Propulsion system: Two boilers, one geared steam turbines, one shaft, 22,000 total shaft horsepower
Propellers: one
Length: 603, 65 feet (184 meters)
Beam: 104 feet (31.7 meters)
Draft: 25,9 feet (7.9 meters)
Aircraft elevators: two
Displacement: approx. 19,500 tons full load
Speed: 23 knots
Aircraft: 20 UH-46D Sea Knight Helicopters, 10 MH-53E Sea Stallion Helicopters, 3 UH-1 Helicopters, 3 AH-1 Helicopters but the actual mix depends upon mission
Armament: two Phalanx CIWS, two Mk-25 Sea Sparrow Missile Launchers
Crew: 80 officers, 638 enlisted, 1,750 Marine Detachment

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Crew List:

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

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Accidents aboard USS GUADALCANAL:

May 9, 1968off North Carolina
USS GUADALCANAL is adrift off North Carolina due to a burned out bearing in the propulsion system.
January 27, 1976Augusta Bay, Sicily
USS GUADALCANAL goes aground on a peak of coral which pushes in areas on either side of the bow, but does not crack or hole the ship. On January 30, with cargo, personnel, helicopters, and fuel off-loaded to assist the effort, the ship is refloated.
September 17, 1981near Sardinia, Italy
A USMC CH-53C helicopter crashes while attempting to land aboard the USS GUADALCANAL during training exercises killing all five crewmen.
September 24, 1981south of Sardinia, Italy
USS GUADALCANAL and the USNS WACCAMAW (T-AO 109) collide during an underway replenishment causing minor damage but no injuries.

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