USS HARLAN COUNTY was the 18th NEWPORT - class Tank Landing Ship and was last homeported at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Va. HARLAN COUNTY was decommissioned on April 14, 1995, and was leased to the Spanish Navy the same day. Since then, HARLAN COUNTY is serving with the Spanish Navy as SPS PIZARRO (L 42).
General Characteristics: Awarded: July 15, 1966
Keel laid: November 7, 1970
Launched: July 24, 1971
Commissioned: April 8, 1972
Decommissioned: April 14, 1995
Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, Calif.
Propulsion system: 6 diesels; 16,000 horsepower; bow thruster
Propellers: two and one bow thruster screw
Length: 522 feet (159 meters)
Length over derrick arms: 561 feet (171 meters)
Beam: 70 feet (21.2 meters)
Draft: 17,4 feet (5.3 meters)
Displacement: approx. 8500 tons
Speed: 20 knots
Aircraft: helicopter platform only
Armament: one 20mm Phalanx CIWS, 4 3-inch/.50-caliber guns
Crew: 14 officers, 210 enlisted and approx. 350 embarked troops
Harlan County (LST-1196) was named after counties in Kentucky and Nebraska.
Chip Eckles on the beach in Capri