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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
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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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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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