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USS Newport (LST-1179)

USS Newport (LST-1179) at Rota 1982.jpg
USS Newport at Rota, Spain in 1982
United States
Name: Newport
Laid down: 1 November 1966
Launched: 3 February 1968
Commissioned: 7 June 1969
Decommissioned: 30 September 1992
Homeport: NAB Little Creek, Virginia
Identification: LST-1179
Motto: "First in Her Class"
Fate: Transferred to Mexico
Name: Papaloapan
Acquired: 23 May 2001
Identification: A411
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Newport-class tank landing ship
  • 522 ft (159.11 m) overall,
  • 500 ft (152.40 m) at the waterline.
Beam: 70 ft (21.34 m)
Draft: 19 ft (5.79 m)
  • 6 diesel engines, 16,000 bhp (12,000 kW), two shafts, twin controllable pitch screws
  • Bow thruster
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.


Built by the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, she was christened on 3 February 1968 by Mrs. Nuella Pell, wife of Rhode Island Senator Claiborne Pell.

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 late 2005, ARM Papaloapan brought aid and supplies to Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina hit the state.

In January 2010, she was deployed with 5,000 tons of cargo in a humanitarian mission to Haiti.[1]

In November 2012, she was sent to Cuba with tons of supplies to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.



  1. ^ Sale ayuda mexicana rumbo a Haití (in Spanish), retrieved 14 January 2010

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