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York County (LST-1175)

 

York County (LST-1175) (q.v.) was named after counties in five states of the United States. She was laid down on 4 June 1956 at Newport News, Va., by the Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co.; launched on 5 March 1957; sponsored by Mrs. William C. France; and commissioned on 8 November 1957, Lt. Comdr. Warren M. Schafer, USNR, in command.

 

Upon commissioning, York County was assigned to the Amphibious Force, Atlantic Fleet. She spent her entire active service in operations conducted off the east coast interspersed with deployments to the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. Decommissioned on 17 July 1972, York County was transferred to the Italian Navy that same date where she served as Nave Caorle (L9891).

 

 

York County (LST-1175). Like earlier LST's, these ships were often used to transport cargo; a cargo hatch at the after end of the upper deck is served by two heavy booms.