Courtesy of Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
SHIP VITALS AND GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS
Contract Awarded: July 15, 1966
Keel laid: August 2, 1968
Launched: May 24, 1969
Commissioned: June 13, 1970
Decommissioned: December 15, 1993
Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, Calif.
Displacement: 5,190 tons (light), 8,550 tons (fully loaded)
Length: 522' 3" (hull over all)
Length over derrick arms: 561 feet
Beam: 69' 9 1/2" (max)
Draft: max forward (fl) 13' 6", max aft (fl) 16' 3"'
Speed: 20 kts. (cruising) 27 kts.( max. )
Ship's Complement: 14 Officers, 15 CPO , 226 Other Enlisted
Troop Accommodations: 18 Officers, 21 SNCO, 268 Other Enlisted
Boats: three 36' LCVPs, one 36' LCPL
Aircraft: flight deck one spot
Armament (as built): two twin 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
Armament (upgraded): two .25mm chain guns, six .50 cal machine guns, one 20mm Phalanx (CIWS)
Six-16 cylinder ALCO 16-251E main propulsion, 16,000 horsepower diesel engines *
Two controllable reversible pitch propellers, twin rudders
Three-ALCO 8-251C Generator sets, 1200 KW *
One 800 hp variable thrust bow thruster.
*NOTE: The main propulsion engines and the generator sets were manufactured by ALCO, headquartered in Schenectady, N.Y.
The Schenectady Locomotive Works, originally founded in 1848, was one of America's most prominent manufacturers of railroad locomotives in the 19th century. It merged in 1901 with the American Locomotive Company (ALCO) and made the facility its headquarters in Schenectady, New York.
[A special salute to Schenectady, N.Y. native, Jeremy Allen, for reminding us of the importance of the city of Schenectady in the construction of our ship]
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BOW CONFIGURATION, Hinged bow and ramp deployment
[USS Schenectady under way, photo courtesy of Brady S. Clinger]
Everyday shipboard life aboard the WestPac workhorse.
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