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El Paso (LKA-117) 


The second U.S. Navy ship named for the city of El Paso, Texas.


(LKA-117: displacement 18,589; length 576'; beam 82'; draft 25'; speed 20+ knots; complement  409; class Charleston)

The second El Paso (LKA-117) was laid down on 22 October 1968 at Newport News, Va., by Newport News Shipbuilding Corp.; launched on 17 May 1969; sponsored by Mrs. John Tower, wife of Senator John Tower of Texas; delivered on 20 December 1969; and commissioned on 17 January 1970.

El Paso was deactivated and decommissioned on 21 April 1994. Stricken from then Naval Vessel Register on 31 August 2015, the ship lay awaiting final disposition in late June 2018.

Detailed history pending

Robert J. Cressman

28 June 2018

Published: Thu Jun 28 20:14:27 EDT 2018