Named after the city in Alabama, the USS TUSCALOOSA was the 9th NEWPORT - class Tank Landing Ship and the second ship in the Navy to bear the name. Decommissioned on February 18, 1994, the TUSCALOOSA spent the following years laid up at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility in Pearl Harbor, Hi. On July 14, 2014, she was sunk as a target during exercise RIMPAC 2014 off the Hawaiian Islands.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: July 15, 1966|
|Keel laid: November 23, 1968|
|Launched: September 6, 1969|
|Commissioned: September 1, 1970|
|Decommissioned: February 18, 1994|
|Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, Calif.|
|Propulsion system: 6 diesels; 16,000 horsepower; bow thruster|
|Propellers: two and one bow thruster screw|
|Length: 522 feet (159 meters)|
|Length over derrick arms: 561 feet (171 meters)|
|Beam: 70 feet (21.2 meters)|
|Draft: 17,4 feet (5.3 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 8500 tons|
|Speed: 20 knots|
|Aircraft: helicopter platform only|
|Armament: one 20mm Phalanx CIWS, 4 3-inch/.50-caliber guns|
|Crew: 14 officers, 210 enlisted and approx. 350 embarked troops|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS TUSCALOOSA. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USS TUSCALOOSA Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me and show the TUSCALOOSA laid-up at Pearl Harbor, Hi., on March 20, 2010.
The photos below were taken by me and show the TUSCALOOSA laid-up at Pearl Harbor, Hi., on March 6, 2012.