USS SHREVEPORT LPD 12
USS Shreveport (LPD 12) is an Austin-class amphibious transport dock. It is the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for the city in Louisiana. Her keel was laid down on December 27, 1965, by the Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company of Seattle, Washington. She was launched October 22, 1966, sponsored by Mrs. Andrew McBurney Jackson, Jr., and commissioned on December 12, 1970, with Captain Pehr H. Pehrsson in command.
September 20, 2001 USS Shreveport departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled deployment, with the USS Bataan (LHD 5) Amphibious Ready Group, in support of the Operation Enduring Freedom in Arabian Gulf.
February 17, 2004 USS Shreveport, commanded by Capt. Terry B. Kraft, departed homeport in support of the global war on terrorism, as part of USS Wasp (LHD 1) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2 and the 22nd MEU. The ESG completed their month-long ESGEX in December, successfully completing a series of complex training events, which included naval surface fire support training and air-to-ground bombing off the coasts of Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico.
March 9, U.S. Sailors and Marines assigned to ESG 2 are currently participating in exercise PHIBLEX 04-5 off the coast of Albania March 8-12. The amphibious transport dock recently visited Durres, Albania, and hosted a reception that included the U.S. ambassador.
September 18, 2004 LPD 12 returned to homeport after a seven-month deployment in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.
August 31, 2005 The Shreveport departed Norfolk to head for the Gulf of Mexico to support relief operations along the U.S. Gulf Coast following widespread destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina. LHD 7, LPD 12, LSD 46 and the rescue and salvage ship USS Grapple (ARS 53), will join the Bataan, which is already off the Gulf Coast.
September 3, USS Shreveport arrived off the coast of Biloxi, Miss., to provide relief efforts for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
May 24, 2006 The amphibious transport dock ship arrived in New York City to participate in 19th Navy Fleet Week May 24-May 30.
August 19, LPD 12 is currently in the Atlantic Ocean, conducting an Expeditionary Strike Group Integration (ESGINT) with the USS Bataan (LHD 5) and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), in preparation for an upcoming deployment.
October 21,The amphibious transport dock is currently underway conducting Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).
January 4, 2007 USS Shreveport departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled deployment, with the USS Bataan ESG-2, in support of the global war on terrorism.
January 25, LPD 12 pulled to Souda Bay, Crete, Greece, for a routine port visit.
April 7, The Shreveport is currently in the Persian Gulf conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO).
May 8, USS Shreveport, commanded by Capt. Paul Monger, served as them flagship for the commander of Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCMRON) 3 during Exercise Arabian Gauntlet 2007 from April 24 to 29 in the Persian Gulf.
June 1, LPD 12 transited the Suez Canal and reentered the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR).
July 3, USS Shreveport returned to Norfolk after a six-month underway period.
September 26, USS Shreveport was decommissioned in a ceremony held in Norfolk Naval Station. USNS Apache (T-ATF 172) will tow the Shreveport to Philadelphia, where the ship will become part of the inactive fleet, and reused for spare parts for other ships.