Tripoli (LPH 10) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1980

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USS Tripoli haracteristics USS TRIPOLI is an amphibious assault ship designed to transport helicopters and Marine Corps troops to foreign shores and launch an airborne invasion by landing an assault force behind enemy lines. This form of a troop landing utilizes the concept of vertical envelopment. TRIPOLI is 602 feet long and 84 feet wide, supporting a one-half acre flight deck. She is capable of accommodating approximately 2,500 people and 30 helicopters, and providing for all the needs of these. The ship has over 750 compartments, displaces 18,000 tons and has a draft of 29 feet. Her single shaft propulsion machinery can develop 22,000 horsepower, which can drive the ship in excess of 20 knots. She has the facilities for distilling over 100,000 gallons of fresh water per day. Her electrical plant is capable of supplying enough power to serve a small "land-based" city. As with most small towns, TRIPOLI contains a post office, a chapel, a barbershop, and a library. She also has her own laundry, graphics arts shop, photo lab, and a radio and television station, as well as a complete hospital and dental facility.

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USS Tripoli History Uss TRIPOLI QLPH-10, is the second ship to be named after the historic Battle of Tripoli f1804j. The first United States ship to bear the name was the notable World War II aircraft carrier USS TRIPOLI QCVE-64j, which was decommissioned in 1958. One of the Navy's amphibious assault ships, TRIPOLI was built by Ingalls Shipbuilding Yard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Her keel was laid June 15, 1964, she was launched July 31, 1965 and commissioned August 6, 1966 at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. TRIPOLI departed the United States on her first deployment to the Western Pacific on May 1, 1967. She arrived on station near the demilitarized zone of Vietnam and served as flagship for Commander, Amphibious Ready Group BRAVO. TRIPOLI launched eight full-scale amphibious assaults, and served as a support vessel for troops ashore and as a medical base for the immediate evacuation and treatment of wounded personnel. For her actions during this first deployment, TRIPOLI was presented with the Navy Unit Commendation and the Meritorious Unit Commendation by the Secretary of the Navy in May 1968. TRIPOLI now has nine Western Pacific deployments under her keel. As a result of her performance during fiscal year 1967, TRIPOLI received the covetedArleigh Burke Fleet Trophy for achieving the greatest improvement in battle efficiency in the Pacific Fleet and was runner-up for the Admiral Flatley Award for aviation safety. During the competition period ending June 30, 1977, TRIPOLI was awarded the Navy "E" Ribbon for battle efficiency.

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-Z-ms... -1-1-1-1 -g -uns 1 ff-1 -J Commanding Officer Captain Collins H. Haines Captain H. Haines was born in Palmyra, New Jersey on March 6, 1932. After high school, he attended Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he graduated in June 1954. Entering the Navy in the fall of that year, he was commissioned an ensign following Officer's Candidate School at Newport, Rhode Island. ' He served aboard the USS RANDOLPH QCVA-151 and the USS DAVIS QDD-937D before entering flight training in late 1958. He was designated a Naval Aviator in May 1959. During the next three years he served in VS-37, VS-35 and on the staff of CVSG-57, all homeported at Naval Air Station CNASQ North Island, San Diego. Returning to the Training Command, he instructed in VT-21 in Kingsville, Texas, where he remained until early 1966. He then reported to VFP-63 and became Officer-in-Charge of a Light Photographic Reconnaissance Detachment in Air Wing 21. In January 1967 he deployed to the Western Pacific aboard the USS BON HOMME RICHARD. On June 5, 1967, while flying his 40th combat mission in an RF-8 Crusader, he was shot down near Thann Hoa. His next six years were spent as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. He returned to the United States in the spring of 1973 and was assigned to the staff of Commander, Fighter Early Airborne Warning Wing, Pacific. In July 1974 he assumed command of VFP-63 at NAS Miramar. His next tour was as Executive Officer of the USS OKINAWA QLPH-3j, which ended in May 1977. Two months later he became Commanding Officer of the USS PAUL REVERE QLPA-248j, homeported in Long Beach, California. He completed a student tour in the Senior Officer's Ships Material Readiness course at Idaho Falls before becoming Commander Officer of USS TRIPOLI QLPH-10, on April 23, 1979. Captain Haines wears the Silver Star, the legion of Merit with Combat V, the Bronze Star with Combat V, three Air Medals, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. He is married to the former Rosalie Lewis of Riverton, New Jersey. They presently reside in La Jolla, California with their two children, Colleen and Tim.

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