USS Wood County (LST-1178)


USS Wood County (LST-1178) seen marrying up with LCU-1612 and another LCU to form a causeway to the beach, date and place unknown
Name: USS Wood County
Namesake: Wood County
Builder: American Ship Building Company, Lorain, Ohio
Laid down: 1 October 1956
Launched: 14 December 1957
Commissioned: 5 August 1959
Decommissioned: 1 May 1972
Struck: 16 February 1989
Honours and
Meritorious Unit Commendation (Dominican Republic)
Fate: Scrapped, July 2002
General characteristics
Class & type: De Soto County-class tank landing ship
Displacement: 3,560 long tons (3,617 t) light
7,823 long tons (7,949 t) full load
Length: 446 ft (136 m)
Beam: 62 ft (19 m)
Draft: 17 ft (5.2 m)
Propulsion: 6 × Cooper Bessemer diesel engines, replaced in September, 1969 with six Fairbanks-Morse diesels, two propellers
Speed: 17 knots (31 km/h; 20 mph)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
Capacity: • 28 medium tanks or vehicles to 75 tons on 288 ft (88 m) tank deck
• 100,000 gal (US) diesel or jet fuel, plus 7,000 gal fuel for embarked vehicles
Troops: 410 officers and enlisted men
Complement: 170 officers and enlisted men
Armament: 3 × twin 3"/50 caliber gun mounts

USS Wood County (LST-1178) was a De Soto County-class tank landing ship built for the United States Navy during the late 1950s. Named after counties in Ohio, Texas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, she was the only U.S. Naval vessel to bear the name.

Wood County was laid down on 1 October 1956 at Lorain, Ohio by the American Ship Building Company; launched on 14 December 1957; sponsored by Miss Margaret Ackerman, daughter of the president of the American Shipbuilding Company; and commissioned on 5 August 1959 at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Virginia with Commander Maxton M. Midgett in command.

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USS Wood County (LST-1178) - Service History - Decommissioning and Scrapping, 1972–1989
... Upon WoodCounty's return, she offloaded Tucumcari and began preparations for a Board of Inspection and Survey inspection in November ... Following that, WoodCounty was placed out of commission, in reserve, on 15 February 1972 ... On 1 May 1972 WoodCounty was decommissioned ...

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