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USS TRAVERSE COUNTY LST-1160
Homeported in Little Creek, VA
A PHOTO ALBUM OF A YEAR ABOARD: JULY 1968 TO AUGUST 1969
By Jerry Search (new email address) , then RD3
All photos were taken by myself, with the exception of most of the ones I am in, and
the 2 black and whites, which are courtesy Atlantic Fleet Sales.
Also, BAP Eten photos were mostly taken by a Peruvian gentleman who goes by "HALCON_24".
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The TC, Feb. 1960, without Causeways.  Photo courtesy Atlantic Fleet Sales.
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The TC, ca. 1961, with Causeways. Photo courtesy  Atlantic Fleet Sales. 
Plan of the Day for September 9, 1968  A very busy day!
POD (.pdf file)
Many thanks to Paul Steele!
Ship's Company Roster 1968
New photos of the TC now, pages 4, 5, and 6.
Most photos are from our Med Cruise, July-December, 1968
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Page 7 BAP Eten Contributed Pics1 Contributed Pics-2 Contributed Pics-3
Other Ships
More Contributed Pics in the future.
{Click} on a Thumbnail for a larger picture.
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Little Creek, VA, looking towards a moonrise on Chesapeake Bay.
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Moored at the east end of 
Little Creek 
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TC bow shot, in Norfolk 
(actually Little Creek).
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Myself, quarterdeck watch, 
at Little Creek
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Blowing tubes (not us, another ship along side)
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Looking back at the superstructure from the main deck, and the antenna of our very obsolete radar**
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Heading it to Morehead City, NC, to pick up the "Grunts"
Sorry: "Marine Detachment"
The other "T" is the Waldo County, LST 1163
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Underway to the Med. 
The ship closest is the 
USS Yancy, AKA 93, which
is now an artificial reef*
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Marines working out.  They did this a lot, not that they had much else to do. Maybe we should've taken the hint!
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Underway to the Med, August 1968.  The small ship is the USS RUCHAMKIN APD 89.
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I Believe this is Naples, Italy. A Destroyer Escort, passing very close in front of us.
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 And now just a few feet off the bow,  as they almost hit us.
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Taking rolls on a smooth sea!  One of the wonderful traits of a pre-modern LST
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Writing home.  Did this a lot!
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Frank Graves, "driving" as we enter port at Naples.
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Malta, August 1969.  The TC is in the center of the photo.
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Beachhead at Kavalla, Greece.
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Anchored in Valetta, Malta.
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A few days later, as we were stranded in port as high seas break over the seawall.
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Off for liberty.  Unsure of the port, but possibly Naples.

Interesting LINKS and Specs:

** In Radar school at NTC Treasure Island, we learned about the various radar systems in the Navy.  One day our instructor said: "Here's one you'll never see in the Fleet, the AN-SPS 21-C, or just 21 Charlie".  Well, a 21-Charlie is all we had on the TC, and probably a lot of other LST's as well.  It was not unusual for the OOD to call back to CIC  and ask about the ship he could see near the horizon but hadn't been told about.  And, of course,  we would call back and ask "Uhh, what ship?"   T 's  were "expendable" ships, and as it seemed, the last to get anything new or updated.
Specifications:

384'long, 55'-6"beam, 30'depth, 9'-10"draft, displacement 2,586 light ship, 6,290 full load, 4 diesel engines, 6,000
horsepower, flat bottomed hull, twin variable-pitch screws.  Keel laid December 18,1952, launched October 3,1953,
delivered and commissioned December 19,1953. Reached 14 knots on trials.  Commissioned at Bath Iron Works and
departed January 5,1954.  Assigned to the Atlantic Fleet Amphibious Forces for practice in the Caribbean and the
Mediterranean. Transferred to Peru August 7,1984 and renamed ETEN, ADT-144 (hoping to get pictures to post here).


January 6, 2001

July 21, 2008:  BAP Eten added:  05353