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USS Charleston (LKA-113) on 9 July 1987.
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Class: CHARLESTON (AKA/LKA-113)
Design: SCB Project 403.FY
Displacement (tons): 10,455 light, 19,323 full
Dimensions (feet): 576' oa, 550' wl x 82' e & wl x 27' max nav
Original armament: 4-5"/38
Later armaments: (1977) 4-20mm
Complement: 35 officers and 377 enlisted
Speed (kts.): ##.#
Propulsion (HP): #,###
Machinery: turbines, # screw

Construction:
LKANameOrdBuilderKeelLaunchComm
113CHARLESTON11 Jun 1965Newport News5 Dec 19662 Dec 196714 Dec 1968
114DURHAM11 Jun 1965Newport News10 Jul 196729 Mar 196824 May 1969
115MOBILE11 Jun 1965Newport News15 Jan 196819 Oct 196820 Sep 1969
116ST. LOUIS11 Jun 1965Newport News3 Apr 19684 Jan 196922 Nov 1969
117EL PASO22 Aug 1966Newport News22 Oct 196817 May 196917 Jan 1970

Disposition:
LKANameTDecommStrikeDisposalFateMA Sale/Depart
113CHARLESTON27 Apr 199231 Aug 2015--Navy layup--
114DURHAM25 Feb 199431 Aug 201530 Aug 2020Target--
115MOBILE4 Feb 199431 Aug 2015--Navy layup--
116ST. LOUIS2 Nov 199231 Aug 201523 Sep 2018Target--
117EL PASO21 Apr 199431 Aug 2015--Navy layup--

Class Notes:
On 14 Sep 1968 SECNAV directed the redesignation of AGCs, AKAs, and APAs to LCCs, LKAs, and LPAs. OPNAV notice of 25 Sep 1968 stated that all ships then in service plus AKA-113, nearly complete, were to receive their new classifications effective 1 Jan 1969. AKA 114-117 and LCC 19-20, then building, were to be reclassified to LKA on dates determined by NAVSHIPS. A NAVSEA letter of 1 Oct 1968 requested officials at Newport News and Philadelphia to implement the new system on the AKAs and AGCs they were building, and 1 Oct 1968 became the reclassification date for LCC 19-20 and LKA 114-117. On 19 Nov 1968 OPNAV advised by telephone that the redesignation of AKA-113 was to be in effect as of the date of commissioning if this occurred before 1 Jan 1969, expected to be 14 December 1968.

Ship Notes:
LKANameMANotes
113CHARLESTONFY 1965. Name assigned 27 Sep 1966 as AKA, to LKA-113 14 Dec 1968. To MA custody 29 Sep 1992 at JRRF, removed by the Navy 31 May 1994 initially for stripping but then retained for other purposes. [She was the only one of the class to be in MA custody.] At NISNF Phila 20 Apr 2018.
114DURHAMFY 1965. Name assigned 18 Jan 1967 as AKA, to LKA-114 1 Oct 1968. Target for RIMPAC 2020.
115MOBILEFY 1965. Name assigned 6 Nov 1967 as AKA, to LKA-115 1 Oct 1968. At NISNF Phila 20 Apr 2018. [Comm 29 Sep 1969 in NVR]
116ST. LOUISFY 1965. Name assigned 11 Jan 1968 as AKA, to LKA-116 1 Oct 1968. Sunk as target off Guam.
117EL PASOFY 1966. Name assigned 24 Sep 1968 as LKA, to LKA-117 1 Oct 1968. At NISNF Phila 20 Apr 2018.

Page Notes:
Compiled: 29 Jul 2021
© Stephen S. Roberts, 2021
Sources: DB, Maroon, NVR, PHS