USS Shreveport LPD 12

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I was part of Battalion Landing Team 2/6 aboard the Shreveport for 3 months on a Carib float in 1972. It was a good ship, the food was great and we had a lot of fun doing amphib landings in various places, from landing craft and amtracs.

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The ship deployed to the Persian Gulf during Desert Storm, was off Mogadishu during Restore Hope, back in the Persian Gulf a few weeks after 9/11 and carried Marines during the invasion of Iraq…and again serving in OEF. The ship also deployed to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Even though I was never crew, I always remembered my time aboard her as an enjoyable and interesting training experience.

I saw this picture of her today and must admit was saddened.

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Here are some happier pictures of a good ship that served for almost 40 years.

USS Shreveport LPD 12 Austin class amphibious transport dock landing ship - US Navy
 
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