USS Newport at Rota, Spain in 1982
|Laid down:||1 November 1966|
|Launched:||3 February 1968|
|Commissioned:||7 June 1969|
|Decommissioned:||30 September 1992|
|Homeport:||NAB Little Creek, Virginia|
|Motto:||"First in Her Class"|
|Fate:||Transferred to Mexico|
|Acquired:||23 May 2001|
|Class and type:||Newport-class tank landing ship|
|Beam:||70 ft (21.34 m)|
|Draft:||19 ft (5.79 m)|
|Speed:||21.5 knots (39.8 km/h; 24.7 mph)|
|Capacity:||19,000 sq ft (1,765.2 m2), capacity of 29 tanks or 30 AAVs.|
|Troops:||Marine detachment: 360 plus 40 surge|
|Complement:||14 officers, 210 enlisted|
USS Newport (LST-1179) was the third ship to bear the name of the Rhode Island city. The first of her class of landing ship tanks, she was capable of a sustained speed of 20 knots (37 km/h). Her ability to adjust her draft, accompanied by her unique bow-ramp design, helped bring a new degree of responsiveness to the amphibious fleet.
While assigned to the Atlantic Fleet, Newport completed ten deployments to the Mediterranean, as an asset of the Sixth Fleet. She also completed numerous deployments to the North Atlantic and Caribbean, in support of U.S. foreign policy. She assisted in the 1976 evacuation of Lebanon, and the 1990 Liberian Civil War; as well as operating in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, from a station in the Mediterranean.
During her service, she earned the Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy "E" Ribbon (for Battle Efficiency), (twice), Navy Expeditionary Medal (one service star), National Defense Service Medal (one service star), Humanitarian Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (nine service stars), and a Secretary of State Tribute of Appreciation.
USS Newport was decommissioned on 30 September 1992, at her homeport of NAB Little Creek, Virginia. After several years in the Navy's mothball facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she was sold to the Mexican Navy. Rechristened at Mexican Naval Shipyard Number 1 (ASTIMAR-1), Tampico, Tamaulipas Mexico, as ARM Papaloapan (P-411).
In January 2010, she was deployed with 5,000 tons of cargo in a humanitarian mission to Haiti.
In November 2012, she was sent to Cuba with tons of supplies to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.