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Manitowoc II LST-1180

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(LST-1180: dp. 8,342; 1. 522'; b. 69'; dr. 23'; s. 20 k.; cpl. 231; a. 4 V; cl. Newport)

The second Manitowoc (LST-1180) was laid down as LST-1180 by Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, Pa., 27 February 1967; named Manitowoc 21 March 1967; launched 4 January 1969; sponsored by Mrs. Gaylord Nelson; and scheduled to -be commissioned in mid-June 1909.

Once completed, Manitowoc will join the Pacific Fleet for duty with Amphibious Force, Pacific Fleet, out of Long Beach, Calif. The second of a new class of landing ship tank, she will have greater speed than ships of the earlier classes. Her Increased combat vehicular lift and landing capability will bolster the strength of amphibious forces in the Pacific and will strengthen the resolve of the forces of freedom in the continuing struggle to detect and repel godless communism in Southeast Asia or elsewhere in the Par East, which currently faces the menace of Chinese communism.