Named after a city in the state of Washington, the USS VANCOUVER was the second RALEIGH - class amphibious transport dock. Decommissioned on March 31, 1992, and stricken from the Navy list on April 8, 1997, the VANCOUVER transfered to the Maritime Administration and is now berthed at the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet, Benicia, CA, awaiting final disposal. The USS VANCOUVER earned 11 battle stars for service in the Vietnam conflict.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: December 30, 1959|
|Keel laid: November 19, 1960|
|Launched: September 15, 1962|
|Commissioned: May 11, 1963|
|Decommissioned: March 31, 1992|
|Builder: New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, NY|
|Propulsion system: two boilers, two steam turbines|
|Length: 522 feet (159.1 meters)|
|Beam: 100 feet (30.5 meters)|
|Draft: 23 feet (7 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 14,000 tons|
|Speed: 20 knots|
|Well deck capacity: one LCU and three LCM-6 or four LCM-8 or 20 LVT|
|LCM-6 or four LCPL on deckadditionally two|
|Aircraft: helo platform only|
|Crew: Ship: approx. 429 Marine Detachment: approx. 930|
|Armament: two 20mm Phalanx CIWS, six Mk-33 3-inch/50-caliber guns|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS VANCOUVER. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USS VANCOUVER Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me and show the VANCOUVER laid-up at Suisun Bay, Calif., on March 27, 2010.