LPD 12 Shreveport
The amphibious transport dock USS Shreveport (LPD 12) was decommissioned during a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Sept. 26, 2007.
USS SHREVEPORT (LPD12) is known throughout the Fleet as the "Super Gator." The symbology of the alligator represents the amphibious characteristics of the ship, combined with the Marine Corps assault vehicles, to provide a formidable force both on sea and land. Using a variety of Command and Control Communications SHREVEPORT projects power ashore by controlling waves of assault craft towards a beachhead.
USS SHREVEPORT (LPD 12) was commissioned on 12 December, 1970 in Bremerton, Washington. She is the second ship in the Fleet to bear the name Shreveport. After the 8000 mile maiden cruise to her homeport of Norfolk, Virginia, Shreveport began training for her first Mediterranean cruise which began in January 1973 and ended in June 1973.
Throughout 1974 and half of 1975, Shreveport was the flagship of the Caribbean Amphibious Ready Group and participated in various fleet exercises, occasionally with South American Forces. In July of 1975, she deployed back to the Mediterranean where she participated in a major NATO exercise involving British, Turkish and U.S. Navies. During the return trip to Norfolk in February 1976, the ship's flag bridge was destroyed by a forty foot wave off Cape Hatteras.
In September 1979, Shreveport began another Mediterranean deployment where she completed four major amphibious operations with various European allies. In September 1981, Shreveport visited Cancun, Mexico to support President Ronald Reagan's participation in the North-South Economic Summit.
During a Mediterranean cruise that began in August 1982, Shreveport spent four months off the coast of Beirut, Lebanon. As a result of this operation, she received the Navy Unit Commendation and the Navy Expeditionary Medal. In late 1984, she received the Meritorious Unit Commendation for conducting mine clearing operations in the Red Sea in support of Operation INTENSE LOOK.
From June 1990 to February 1991, Shreveport was deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM with Commander, Amphibious Squadron SIX embarked. Her involvement in this conflict helped to earn her the Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy for Operational Readiness in January 1992. During a Mediterranean deployment in November 1993, Shreveport was assigned to Mogadishu, Somalia in support of Operation RESTORE HOPE.
1994 and 1995 saw Shreveport participating in Operation PROVIDE PROMISE in the Adriatic Sea by flying video reconnaissance missions over Bosnia-Herzegovina utilizing the Pioneer UAV. During this time, she also served in the first amphibious Partnership for Peace exercise in Bulgaria.
From December 1995 to February 1996, Shreveport participated in Operations DENY FLIGHT, PROVIDE PROMISE, and JOINT/DECISIVE ENDEAVOR in the Adriatic sea. On October 3, 1997, USS SHREVEPORT deployed for yet another Mediterranean cruise.
While operating in the Black Sea, Shreveport conducted a Change of Command ceremony in Constanta, Romania on 11 December, 1997. In early February, 1998, she was called away from her original schedule and spent the remainder of the deployment operating inn the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH.
From July 1998 - November 1998 she underwent a Metro machine Dry Dock Phased Maintenance Availability.
USS Shreveport (LPD 12) returned to its homeport of Norfolk Naval Station on Sept. 18, 2004, from a seven-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and the global war on terrorism. During that deployment, it was part of the USS Wasp (LHD 1)-led Expeditionary Strike Group 2, which, in addition to Wasp, also constisted of USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41), the guided-missile cruisers USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), homeported in Norfolk, Va., and USS Yorktown (CG 48), homeported in Pascagoula, Miss.; the guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul (DDG 74), homeported in Norfolk, Va.; and the attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN 22), homeported in Groton, Conn.
It was awarded the Commander, Naval Surface, U.S. Atlantic Fleet Battle Efficiency Award and Safety Award for 1998 and 1999, as well as her sixth consecutive Engineering "E", seventh Maritime Warfare "E", third Operations "E", first Logistics "E" and first Medical "H".
From September 1999 to April 2000 USS SHREVEPORT deployed on a Mediterranean Cruise where she spent time in the Mediterranean Sea and Persian Gulf supporting exercises BRIGHT STAR, NOBLE SHIRLEY, INFINITE MOONLIGHT.
The Brown Pelican, which is the state bird of Louisiana, also appears on the seals of the city of Shreveport, Louisiana and the state of Louisiana. USS SHREVEPORT's mascot is know as "Peter the Pelican".
The major areas in which SHREVEPORT will operate is symbolized by the hemisphere depicting the coast of the United States of America and the Western littoral of Europe and Africa.
The motto "No Shore Too Distant" is indicative of SHREVEPORT's readiness and capability to respond to any U.S. foreign policy tasking throughout the world.
The Marine Corps eagle, globe and anchor and the Navy fouled anchor symbolize the proud tradition of cooperation between sister services in implementation of the vital amphibious mission.
City of Shreveport
USS Shreveport is named after the city of Shreveport, Louisiana, in accordance with the Naval tradition of naming LPDs after cities which bear the names of explorers and developers of America. Shreveport, Louisiana is named for Henry Miller Shreve (1785-1854), who was instrumental in exploring and developing the Red River region of Louisiana. He initiated the custom of painting the names of different states on the cabin doors of his boats. These rooms came to be known as staterooms, a name still used to identify officer berthing rooms aboard a ship.
The city of Shreveport is the second largest city in Louisiana. We are proud to maintain close ties between the city and the ship which bears its name.
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