USS Durham (LKA-114)

USS Durham (LKA-114) was a Charleston-class amphibious cargo ship in service with the United States Navy from 1969 to 1994. She was sunk as a target in August 2020.

USS Durham (LKA-114) underway 1989.JPG
USS Durham (LKA-114) off San Diego in 1989
United States
Name: USS Durham
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co.
Laid down: 10 July 1967
Launched: 29 March 1968
Commissioned: 24 May 1969
Decommissioned: 25 February 1994
Stricken: 31 August 2015
Fate: sunk as target, 30 August 2020
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General characteristics
Class and type: Charleston-class amphibious cargo ship
  • 9,937 tons (light)
  • 18,322 tons (full load)
Length: 575 ft 6 in (175.41 m)
Beam: 82 ft (25 m)
Draft: 25 ft 5 in (7.75 m)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
18 × LCM-8 and LCM-6 landing craft
Complement: 50 officers, 592 men
Armament: 4 × twin 3"/50 caliber guns
Service record


USS Durham was named after Durham, North Carolina. She served as a commissioned ship for 24 years and 9 months, and earned a total of 15 awards and campaign ribbons for her service. She was laid down as AKA-114 at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA, and redesignated LKA-114 on 1 January 1969. She was commissioned on 24 May 1969.

Durham evacuates refugees from Saigon

In April 1975, Durham participated in Operation Frequent Wind, the evacuation of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War.[1]

In the Gulf War, she was part of an 18-ship amphibious task force that was the largest such force since the Korean War. The task force arrived on station in the North Arabian Sea on 12 January 1991.

Durham being sunk, 30 August 2020.

The ship was decommissioned on 25 February 1994. She was sunk on 30 August 2020 as part of a live fire exercise during Exercise RIMPAC 2020.[2]

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There is no Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS) entry for the ship.

  1. ^ By Sea, Air and Land: An Illustrated History of the U.S. Navy and the war in Southeast Asia Chapter 5: The Final Curtain, 1973-1975
  2. ^ RIMPAC 2020 Public Affairs (31 August 2020). "RIMPAC 2020 Participants Conduct Sinking Exercise". United States Navy. Retrieved 31 August 2020.

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