USS Charleston (LKA-113)
USS Charleston (AKA-113/LKA-113) was an amphibious cargo ship, and was the lead ship of her class in the United States Navy. She was the fifth ship to be named Charleston for Charleston, South Carolina. She served as a commissioned ship for 23 years and 4 months.
USS Charleston (LKA-113) in 1987
|Ordered:||11 June 1965|
|Builder:||Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co.|
|Laid down:||5 December 1966|
|Launched:||2 December 1967|
|Commissioned:||14 December 1968|
|Decommissioned:||27 April 1992|
|Struck:||31 August 2015|
|Nickname(s):||"Chuckie" or "The Chuck"|
|Class and type:||Charleston-class amphibious cargo ship|
|Displacement:||18,465 tons (full load)|
|Length:||576 ft (176 m)|
|Beam:||82 ft (25 m)|
|Draft:||26 ft (7.9 m)|
|Boats & landing |
|LCM, LCVP, motor whale boat|
|Complement:||50 officers, 592 men|
|Operations:||Vietnam War, Desert Storm|
She was laid down as AKA-113 at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA, and was launched on 2 December 1967. She was commissioned on 14 December 1968, and was redesignated as LKA-113 on 1 January 1969.
Charleston was involved in the Vietnam War, and earned eight awards and campaign ribbons for her service.
There is no DANFS entry for the ship.
- Naval Vessel Register: USS Charleston LKA 113
- NavSource Online: AKA / LKA-113 Charleston
- Military.com: USS Charleston
- 51 Years of AKAs