New Orleans (LPH 11) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1976

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, O U Q Q I A 5 f I C U if 9 o 'o o , O I -1 Q - 1- -- -1- - -' . . A , --rprmq--.1--14. 4,4 . 4 W OR I- Q, x- 'N LP 8 S Q 'Vitamin'-"' 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 abroad 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 predecessors. 2 l l F

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...- 57 mia. .,.w X. 5 Y ,...,-' ' .5- .-5 N' -lr", rl' " Jn, 1 f , nf' 3 l V.-,f .4 'ff' :Ft -dd? 2. ,a ofa' 944. ff. .sf , 'K 1" Seven Years Of Service NEW ORLEANS' keel was laid at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard on 1 March 1966, and she was commissioned on 16 November 1968. After commissioning and completion of final outfitting, NEW ORLEANS proceeded to her homeport, San Diego, California, arriving on 3 March 1969. Upon her arrival in San Diego she became flagship for Amphibious Squadron ONE. NEW ORLEANS is a floating helicopter base with a landing area 602 feet long and 105 feet wide, and can support 20 helicopters and 2,000 marines for extended operations anywhere in the world. NEW ORLEANS is specifically designed to support the vertical envelopment technique in amphibious warfare. When employing this technique, more than 1,000 combat ready marines are airlifted by helicopter several miles inland to tactically engage enemy troops. NEW ORLEANS also has a large hospital on board with over 200 beds and supporting facilities to care for patients. The ship deployed on 1 August 1969 for the Western Pacific and operations as a member of the SEVENTH Fleet. While engaged in these Far East operations she was the flagship for Amphibious Ready Group BRAVO. NEW ORLEANS maintained a high degree of fleet readiness by conducting numerous amphibious exercises. In October 1969 NEW ORLEANS was host for the Eighth Viet- namese Awards Ceremony. Also during October, NEW ORLEANS par- ticipated in Keystone Cardinal operations. In March 1970 NEW ORLEANS completed her Western Pacific deployment, having participated in five amphibious exercises, conducted many weeks of amphibious ready group maneuvers in the South China Sea, and made port visits to Hong Kong, Manila, Subic Bay, Okinawa and Taipei. In May 1970 NEW ORLEANS was Amphibious Forces Pacific representative for Armed Forces Day in San Francisco, conducting a highly successful open house in that city. In June 1970 NEW ORLEANS participated in one of the largest amphibious exercises ever conducted on the West Coast, MEBLEX 1-70. In August 1970 NEW ORLEANS became the flagship for Com- mander FIRST Fleet. It was during this month that she provided sup- port for President Nixon's visit to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and made a port call at Acapulco. NEW ORLEANS was selected as primary recovery ship for Apollo 14 and prepared for that mission during the fall of 1970. In january 1971 NEW ORLEANS departed San Diego for Hawaii and the beginning of the Apollo 14 mission. On 9 February 1971 NEW ORLEANS recovered astronauts Alan Shepard, Stuart Roosa and Ed Mitchell 900 miles south of American Samoa. On 1 May 1971 NEW ORLEANS commenced her 1971 Western Pacific deployment. Several exercises were held during the deployment. One of these was a convoy exercise, a multi-nation cruising exercise simulating a convoy under combat conditions. Another exercise on the island of Mindoro, Republic of the Philippines. NEW ORLEANS completed her deployment in November and com- menced preparations for her February shipyard overhaul in Long Beach. NEW ORLEANS completed her shipyard overhaul and began preparing for her next deployment in July 1972. On 17 july 1972 NEW ORLEANS commenced her 1972 Western Pacific deployment as the flagship for Amphibious Squadron THREE and later Amphibious Ready Group ALFA. During late july and early August NEW ORLEANS and her embarked units participated in the Philippine Flood Relief Operations, earning the Philippine Unit Citation. NEW ORLEANS patrolled the coast of Vietnam until early February. At this time she became flagship for Commander Task Force 78 and the control ship for Operation End Sweep. CTF 78 was tasked with de-mining operations for the coast and harbors of North Vietnam. NEW ORLEANS returned to San Diego on 13 May 1973 to prepare for the recovery of astronauts Alan Bean, Owen Garriott and jack Lousman, the crew of SKYLAB III. On 25 September 1973 NEW ORLEANS recovered the astronauts 190 miles southwest of San Diego. NEW ORLEANS next deployment began 4january 1974 and begun with the recovery of Gerald Carr, Edward Gibson and William Pogue, the crew of SKYLAB IV. On 8 February 1974 the astronauts were safely recovered 250 miles southwest of San Diego. During the course of this deployment the ship visited Singapore, Manila, Hong Kong and Taiwan. She returned to San Diego on 31 August 1974. On 5 july 1975 NEW ORLEANS set sail for the recovery of the American crew of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. Astronauts Thomas Stafford, Donald Slayton and Vance Brand were recovered 380 miles west of Hawaii. NEW ORLEANS continued on her deployment and returned to San Diego on 23 March 1976. TX, 1.-

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