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USS Cayuga (LST-1186)
USS Cayuga (LST-1186) port view
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Name: USS Cayuga
Namesake: Cayuga County, New York
Ordered: 15 July 1966
Builder: National Steel & Shipbuilding
Laid down: 28 September 1968
Launched: 12 July 1969
Acquired: 1 June 1970
Commissioned: 8 August 1970
Decommissioned: 26 August 1994
Struck: 23 July 2002
Honours and
2 x battle star
Fate: Transferred to Brazil 24 January 2001
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Name: Mattoso Maia (G28)
Acquired: 24 January 2001
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Class & type: Newport-class tank landing ship
Displacement: 8,757 long tons (8,897.5 t)
Length: 523 ft (159.4 m)
Beam: 70 ft (21.34 m)
Draft: 18 ft (5.49 m)
Propulsion: 6 x 16 cylinder ALCO 16-251E main propulsion diesel engines two shafts, three engines per shaft, shaft horsepower 15,000.
Speed: 27 knots (50.0 km/h)
Complement: Officers: 32 Enlisted: 232

The third USS Cayuga (LST-1186) was a Newport-class tank landing ship in the United States Navy. She was named after a county in New York.

Cayuga was laid down on 28 September 1968 at San Diego, California, by the National Steel & Shipbuilding Corporation; launched on 12 July 1969; sponsored by Mrs. Luther C. Heinz; and commissioned on 8 August 1970, Commander William T. Hollenbach in command.

Following commissioning, Cayuga was assigned to the Amphibious Force, Pacific Fleet, with her home port at Long Beach, California. She alternated amphibious training operations along the west coast of the United States with regular, extended deployments to the Far East. Cayuga earned two battle stars for Vietnam service.

Cayuga became part of Naval Battle Force, Somalia, under Rear Admiral Arthur K. Cebrowski, in October–November 1993. Other elements of the force included USS America, USS Simpson, USS New Orleans (LPH-11), USS Denver (LPD 9), USS Comstock (LSD 45), and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

She was decommissioned in 1994 and transferred to Brazil were she serves as Mattoso Maia (G-28).

Cayuga is featured extensively as a rescue ship in the disaster films Airport '77 (1977) and Gray Lady Down (1978).


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