USS RACINE was the 13th NEWPORT - class Tank Landing Ship. Decommissioned after more than 22 years of service on October 2, 1993, the RACINE was subsequently laid-up at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility at Pearl Harbor, HI., awaiting final disposal. On July 12, 2018, the RACINE was sunk as a target during RIMPAC 2018.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: July 15, 1966|
|Keel laid: December 13, 1969|
|Launched: August 15, 1970|
|Commissioned: July 9, 1971|
|Decommissioned: October 2, 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 RACINE. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USS RACINE Cruise Books:
USS RACINE SINKEX:
Live fire from aircraft, a submarine, and land assets participating in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise sank the decommissioned ex-USS RACINE on July 12, 2018, in the Pacific Ocean. RACINE was struck by live fire from aircraft, a submarine, and land assets as part of a sinking exercise (SINKEX) involving units from Australia, Japan, and the United States. RACINE was sunk by aircraft from Strike Fighter Squadron 192 (VFA-192) at 8:45 p.m. in waters 15,000 feet deep, 55 nautical miles north of Kauai, Hawaii.
The SINKEX featured live firing of surface-to-ship missiles by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and a Naval Strike Missile (NSM) from a launcher on the back of a Palletized Load System (PLS) by the US Army, fired from Barking Sands. This marked the first time the US Army and JGSDF have participated in a sinking exercise during RIMPAC as well as the first time a Royal Australian Air Force P-8A Poseidon aircraft has participated in a SINKEX during RIMPAC.
USS RACINE Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me and show the RACINE laid-up at Pearl Harbor, Hi., on March 20, 2010.
The photos below were taken by me and show the RACINE laid-up at Pearl Harbor, Hi., on March 6, 2012.