Frederick (LST-1184) was named after a city and county in Maryland. She was laid down on 13 April 1968 at San Diego, Calif., by the National Steel & Shipbuilding Corp.; launched on 8 March 1967; sponsored by Mrs. Kleber S. Masterson; and commissioned on 11 April 1970, Comdr. Robert A. Shaid in command.
Following shakedown, Frederick was assigned to the Amphibious Force, Pacific Fleet, and was homeported at San Diego. Since that time, Frederick has alternated amphibious training operations off the west coast of the United States with regular, extended deployments to the Far East.
Frederick earned one award of the Meritorious Unit Commendation and three battle stars for Vietnam service.