USS MONITICELLO was the eighth and final THOMASTON - class dock landing ship and the third ship in the Navy named after the home of President Thomas Jefferson near Charlottesville Va., noted as a landmark in American domestic architecture, and designed by Jefferson himself. Decommissioned on September 30, 1985, and stricken from the Navy list on February 24, 1992, the MONTICELLO was subsequently laid up at the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet, Benicia, Calif. The MONTICELLO was sunk as a target during exercise RIMPAC 2010 off the coast of Kauai, Hi., on July 14, 2010.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: October 14, 1954|
|Keel laid: June 6, 1955|
|Launched: August 10, 1956|
|Commissioned: March 29, 1957|
|Decommissioned: September 30, 1985|
|Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Miss.|
|Propulsion system: two 600 psi boilers, twp geared turbines|
|Length: 510 feet (155.5 meters)|
|Beam: 84 feet (25.6 meters)|
|Draft: 19 feet (5.8 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 11,300 tons full load|
|Speed: 22 knots|
|Well deck capacity: three LCU or nine LCM-8 or 50 AAV|
|Aircraft: helo platform only|
|Crew: Ship: 18 officers, 330 enlisted|
|Marine Detachment: approx. 330 Marines|
|Armament: two dual 3-inch/50-caliber Mk-33 gun mounts|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS MONTICELLO. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USS MONTICELLO Cruise Books:
Accidents aboard USS MONTICELLO:
|February 5, 1970||Pacific|
During an underway replenishment with the USS DENVER (LPD 9) and the USS KAWISHIWI (AO 146), the MONTICELLO made contact with the KAWISHIWI while approaching her starboard side. DENVER executed emergency breakaway procedures and no personnel or material casualties resulted on DENVER. The KAWISHIWI and MONTICELLO both received minor damage, but both ships were left capable of carrying out assigned missions and no personnel were injured. Underway replenishment was resumed after a short delay and completed without further incident. The Commanding Officer of the DENVER was directed to conduct an informal investigation of the incident by Commander, Amphibious Squadron Seven.
USS MONTICELLO Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me and show the MONTICELLO laid-up at Suisun Bay, Calif., on March 27, 2010 - roughly 3 1/2 months before she was sunk as a target off Kauai, Hi.
The photos below are official US Navy photos taken on July 14, 2010. They show the HMCS ALGONQUIN (DDG 283) firing at the MONTICELLO during RIMPAC 2010 as well as the MONTICELLO after being hit by two Harpoon missiles. The MONTICELLO sunk later that day.