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Named after the park in Pierce County, Tacoma, Wash., the site of a miiltary reservation established by the U.S.Government in 1866, the USS POINT DEFIANCE was the fourth THOMASTON - class dock landing ship and the second ship in the Navy to bear the name. The first ship named POINT DEFIANCE was LSD 24 but this ship's construction was cancelled on August 17, 1945. Decommissioned on September 30, 1983, the POINT DEFIANCE was stricken from the Navy list on February 24, 1992. On September 29, 1995, the ship was sold for scrapping, however, the Navy repossessed POINT DEFIANCE in July 1997, and since then, the ship is laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet in the Suisun Bay, Benicia, Calif.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: February 28, 1952|
|Keel laid: November 23, 1953|
|Launched: September 28, 1954|
|Commissioned: March 31, 1955|
|Decommissioned: September 30, 1983|
|Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Miss.|
|Propulsion system: two 600 psi boilers, twp geared turbines|
|Length: 510 feet (155.5 meters)|
|Beam: 84 feet (25.6 meters)|
|Draft: 19 feet (5.8 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 11,300 tons full load|
|Speed: 22 knots|
|Well deck capacity: three LCU or nine LCM-8 or 50 AAV|
|Aircraft: helo platform only|
|Crew: Ship: 18 officers, 330 enlisted|
|Marine Detachment: approx. 330 Marines|
|Armament: two dual 3-inch/50-caliber Mk-33 gun mounts|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS POINT DEFIANCE. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
Accidents aboard USS POINT DEFIANCE:
|February 13, 1970||north of Hawaii|
USS POINT DEFIANCE and USS PONCHATOULA (AO 148) are slightly damaged in a collision during refueling operations. Three sailors are injured.
USS POINT DEFIANCE Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me and show the POINT DEFIANCE laid-up at Suisun Bay, Calif., on March 27, 2010.