Named after the city in Colorado, the USS BOULDER was the 12th NEWPORT - class Tank Landing Ship. Decommissioned on February 28, 1994, the BOULDER spent the following years berthed at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility in Philadelphia, Penn. On April 1, 2022, the ship arrived under tow at All Star Metals, Brownsville, Tx., for scrapping. That means BOULDER spent more time in mothballs than on active duty.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: July 15, 1966|
|Keel laid: September 6, 1969|
|Launched: April 22, 1970|
|Commissioned: April 1, 1971|
|Decommissioned: February 28, 1994|
|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 BOULDER. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USS BOULDER Cruise Books:
Accidents aboard USS BOULDER:
|September 12, 1988||off Norway||USS BOULDER runs aground off the coast of Norway during exercise Teamwork '88 due to bad weather or unchartered underwater obstructions. The ship suffers some major scrapes and tears in the bottom of the hull.|
USS BOULDER Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me on November 7, 2008, and show the BOULDER laid up at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.
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The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the BOULDER laid up at the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard on October 17, 2016.
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the BOULDER laid up at the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard on October 7, 2018.