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NEW ORLEANS ' Heritage
The Amphibious Assault Ship NEW ORLEANS
KLPH IU 1S named after the battle of New Orleans Cin the
war of 18123
The c1ty of New Orleans a major sea and river port
on the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico has played an
important role in America s military history The cityls
heritage has filled the pages of American history since it's
earliest days and was the site of the battle of New Orleans,
in the war of 1812 witnessing the defeat of a large British
amp"1b ous expedition by the delaying tactics of a small
fleet of gunboats and two sloops under the command of
Commodore Danlel T Patterson Commander of the
naval stat on of New Orleans Thls delaying action
enabled the forces of Andrew Jackson to select a desirable
down r1ver defense and await the arrival of needed rein-
forcements The New Orleans victory preserved U.S.
national honor self respect and prestige at home and
New Orleans again played a major role in American
military history during the C1V1l War When Farragut's
fleet passed the forts guarding New Orleans on 24 July
1862 to capture New Orleans the fate of the Confederacy
was sealed assuring that the United States would not
become divided The delta of the Mississippi was open to
the naval union assault force which Joined the Union forces
coming south in the great pincer which severed the
Confederacy. "Thus" reported Secretary of the Navy, Gi-
deon Welles, "the great southern depot of the trade of the
immense central emporium of the wealthy region was
restored to national authority, the mouth of the Mississip-
pi was under our control and an outlet for the great west to
the ocean was secured."
The first NEW ORLEANS ship, a 3,430 ton cruiser,
was placed in commission on March 18, 1898. The cruiser
NEW ORLEANS served with distinction in the Spanish-
American War and in World War I and remained in com-
mission until 1920.
The second NEW ORLEANS ship KCA-32j was a
10,000 ton cruiser, commissioned on February 15, 1934.
The cruiser operated with the Atlantic Fleet until 1936
when it was assigned as a fleet unit of the Pacific Fleet.
Surviving the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the NEW
ORLEANS went on to participate in a total of seventeen
engagements in the Pacific Campaign during World War
II and was decommissioned in 1946.
USS NEW ORLEANS KLPH-IU, an amphibious
assault ship, is the third in line to bear the name NEW
ORLEANS and carry on the heritage of its valiant
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