USS FRESNO was the 4th ship in the NEWPORT - class of Tank Landing Ships and the third ship in the Navy to bear the name. Transfered to the Naval Reserve Force in October 1990, the FRESNO was decommissioned on April 8, 1993, and is currently laid-up at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF), Pearl Harbor, HI.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: July 15, 1966|
|Keel laid: December 16, 1967|
|Launched: September 28, 1968|
|Commissioned: November 22, 1969|
|Decommissioned: April 8, 1993|
|Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, Calif.|
|Propulsion system: 6 diesels; 16,000 horsepower; bow thruster|
|Propellers: two and one bow thruster screw|
|Length: 522 feet (159 meters)|
|Length over derrick arms: 561 feet (171 meters)|
|Beam: 70 feet (21.2 meters)|
|Draft: 17,4 feet (5.3 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 8500 tons|
|Speed: 20 knots|
|Aircraft: helicopter platform only|
|Armament: one |
|Crew: 14 officers, 210 enlisted and approx. 350 embarked troops|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS FRESNO. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USS FRESNO Cruise Books and Pamphlets:
About the Ship's Coat of Arms:
The seal of USS FRESNO represents a number of themes pertinent to the ship. The central figure is a branch of the ash tree, which is native to the San Joaquin Valley in which the City and County of Fresno are located. The ash, the official symbol of Fresno County, is flanked on both sides by a cluster of grapes, the insignia of the City of Fresno, where a major industry surrounds the growing and processing of the grape.
The motto "Paratus" displayed on the seal is Latin for "read"; the condition which the USS FRESNO strives to maintain at all times. Appearing slightly above this motto is the Danforth anchor, which symbolizes the stern anchor, a key item used during beaching operations of the LST.
Prominently displayed above and at the side of the seal is the decorative border of antique gold in the Spanish heritage, both of the City and County of San Diego where the ship was built.
USS FRESNO's Commanding Officers:
|July 3, 1969 - April 15, 1970||Commander Stanislau J. Sowinski|
|April 15, 1970 - September 3, 1971||Commander Alfred J. Dillon|
|September 3, 1971 - August 27, 1973||Commander Paul C. Matthews, Jr.|
|July 14, 1975 - June 29, 1977||Commander Robert Brandquist|
|June 29, 1977 - September 2, 1978||Commander Anthony W. Depaul, Jr.|
|September 2, 1978 - October 8, 1978||Commander Robert Lucas|
|October 8, 1978 - July 25, 1980||Commander Richard F. Schuerger|
|July 25, 1980 - June 18, 1982||Commander Donald F. Santamaria|
|June 18, 1982 - September 29, 1984||Commander Michael D. Barker|
|September 29, 1984 - December 11, 1986||Commander John C. McKinley|
|December 11, 1986 - September 21, 1989||Commander Wilbur F. Shepherd|
|September 21, 1989 - September 14, 1991||Commander James M. Morrell|
|September 14, 1991 - February 19, 1993||Commander Kendall J. King|
|February 19, 1993 - April 8, 1993||LCDR Adolf Ramirez|
USS FRESNO Image Gallery: