american Us Navy - United States Navy USS New Orleans (LPH-11) (+2010)
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nationality american
purpose war
subtype/class Iwo Jima class assault ship (am.)
Iwo Jima class assault ship (am.) Inchon USS (LPH MCS-12) (+2004)
propulsion steam turbine
date built 1968
weight (tons) 11000  disp (surf)
dimensions 184 x 31.7 x 7.9 m [*]
material steel
engine 1 steam turbine, 2 boilers, 1 shaft  [*]
armament 2 × 20 mm Phalanx CIWS, 4 × MK-38 25mm Chain Guns, 4 × .50 cal lightweight guns, Stinger missiles, Aircraft: 8 × MH-53E Sea Stallion, 2 × UH-46D Sea Knight  [*]
power 22000  shaft horsepower  [*]
speed 21 [*]  knots
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date lost 10/07/2010  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia
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complement 1443 [*]
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Gothro Phil05/10/2012USS New Orleans (LPH-11) was an Iwo Jima-class amphibious assault ship in the United States Navy. She was the third Navy ship to be so named, and is the first named for the Battle of New Orleans, which was the last major battle of The War of 1812.

USS New Orleans would serve her country for three decades earning five campaign stars for Vietnam War service, recovering three sky lab missions and offloaded 1,700 Marines during the first Gulf War.

After a colorful career, the aging New Orleans was finally put rest on 10 July 2010 during the RIMPAC 2010 exercise. The ship sustained direct hits by five 2000-pound GBU-10 precision bombs dropped from 2d Bomb Wing and 5th Bomb Wing B-52s. Prior to the B-52 strike at least seven Harpoon missiles, and naval gunfire of the joint force of the five nations – United States, Japan, Australia, Canada and France struck the ship with the majority hitting above the water line. New Orleans rolled on her side and sank at about 6:15 p.m. 70 miles north-west of Kauai
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John Paul Jones - An American Naval Hero and known as father of the American Navy.

John Paul was born in a gardener's cottage in Kirkbean, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland. He went to sea as a youth and was a merchant shipmaster by the age of twenty-one. After killing a mutinous sailor at Tobago he added 'Jones' to his name and began a new life in America. He volunteered early in the War of Independence to serve in his adopted country's infant navy, and managed to obtain a lieutenant's commission in the Continental Navy.

He took the war to the enemy's homeland with daring raids along the British coast and the famous victory of the BONHOMME RICHARD over the HMS SERAPIS. After the BONHOMME RICHARD began taking on water and fires broke out on board, the British commander asked Jones if he had struck his flag. Jones replied, "I have not yet begun to fight!" In the end, it was the British commander who surrendered. Jones is now remembered for his indomitable will, his unwillingness to consider surrender when the slightest hope of victory still burned.

In 1781 he returned to America and Congress passed a vote of thanks to him for the way he had sustained the honour of the American fleet and in 1787 awarded him a gold medal. He also received a gold sword and the Order of Military Merit from Louis XVI.

Throughout his naval career Jones promoted professional standards and training. He spent the remaining years of the war advising on the establishment of the navy and the training of naval officers.

In 1792 Jones was appointed U.S. Consul to Algiers, but in July of that year he died before the commission arrived. He was buried in Paris and his body lay in an alcohol filled coffin in an unmarked grave for over a century. In 1905 his remains were found and taken to the United States where, in 1913, they were finally laid to rest in a marble sarcophagus in the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel at Annapolis, Maryland

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 Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia
The yard has its origins in a shipyard on Philadelphia's Front Street on the Delaware River that was founded in 1776 and became an official United States Navy site in 1801. After the advent of ironclad warships made the site obsolete, new facilities were built in 1871 on League Island at the confluence of the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers.
The Naval Aircraft Factory was established at the League Island site in 1917. Just after World War I, a 350-ton capacity hammerhead crane was ordered for the yard. Manufactured in 1919 by the McMyler-Interstate Company in Bedford, Ohio, the crane was called the League Island Crane by its builder. Weighing 3,500 tons, the crane was shipped to the yard in sections, and it was the world's largest crane at the time. The "League Island Crane" was for many years the Navy's largest crane.
Its greatest period came in World War II, when the yard employed 40,000 people who built 53 ships and repaired 574. During this period, the yard built the famed battleship New Jersey and its 45,000-ton sister ship, the Wisconsin. In the Naval Laboratory Philip Abelson developed the liquid thermal diffusion technique for separating U-235 for the Manhattan Project.
After the war, the workforce dropped to 12,000, and in the 1960s, new ships began to be contracted out to private companies. The yard built its last new ship, the command ship Blue Ridge, in 1970.
The yard's closure was originally recommended in 1991 by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission, as a result of foreign competition and reduced needs due to the end of the Cold War. The planned closing was unsuccessfully litigated to the US Supreme Court in Dalton v. Specter. Although local politicians tried to keep the Yard open, it finally closed in 1995 with a loss of 7,000 jobs.

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