USS Inchon (MCS 12)


USS Inchon (MCS 12)

At sea with USS Inchon (MCS 12) Mar. 1, 1999 The mine countermeasure support ship underway for a scheduled five-month deployment to the Arabian Gulf and the Mediterranean Sea. Inchon is the only ship of its class
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USS INCHON was the last ship in the IWO JIMA class of helicopter carriers. USS INCHON was specifically designed to conduct amphibious force landings by providing helicopter support to transport troops and assist in establishing air superiority in the designated landing area. Helicopter detachments that embarked aboard INCHON included the CH-53E Super Stallions, CH-46 Sea Knights, UH-1 Hueys and AH-1 Cobras. Additionally, a U. S. Marine Corps Battalion Landing Team (BLT) consisting of 2,000 troops and their equipment, embarked for INCHON's deployments.

INCHON, the first ship to bear the name, was named in honor of the highly successful historic amphibious landing by General Douglas MacArthur at Inchon, Korea on September 15, 1950.

In November 1994 the contract to convert INCHON to a Mine Countermeasures Support Ship was awarded to Ingalls. In 1996 the conversion was finished and INCHON was commissioned as a Mine Countermeasures Support Ship homeported in Ingleside, TX. Decommissioned on June 20, 2002, and stricken from the Navy list on May 24, 2004, the INCHON sunk as a target on December 5, 2004, 207 nautical miles northeast of Virginia Beach, Va.

General Characteristics: Keel Laid: April 8, 1968
Launched: May 24, 1969
Commissioned: June 20, 1970
Decommissioned: June 20, 2002
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding, West Bank, Pascagoula, Miss.
Propulsion System: Two 600 PSI Steam Boilers, 1 shaft, 22,000 shaft horsepower
Propellers: one
Length: 603, 65 feet (184 meters)
Beam: 104 feet (31.7 meters)
Draft: 25,9 feet (7.9 meters)
Aircraft elevators: two
Displacement: approx. 19,500 tons full load
Speed: 21 knots
Aircraft: 2 UH-46D Sea Knight Helicopters and 8 MH-53E Sea Stallion Helicopters
Armament: two Phalanx CIWS, four MK-38 25mm Chain Guns, four .50 cal lightweight guns, Stinger missiles
Additional Equipment: six MK-105 mine sweeping sleds
Crew: 122 officers, 1,321 enlisted

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