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USS CAMBRIA (APA-36)

Mission Statement:  An Amphibious transport ship used to transport Marines, equipment and supplies to embark ashore during amphibious assault, special operations or expeditionary warfare missions worldwide.  To provide evacuation strategies for the safety and welfare of American citizens and designated allies abroad.

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USS Cambria - (APA - 36)

Mediterranean Sea - June 1969

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Flamingo Club Naples - May 1969

APA-36 GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS

Class: Bayfield-class attack transport

Complement: 51 Officers and 524 Enlisted

Displacement: 8100 tons

Length: 492 feet 6 inches

Beam: 69 feet 6 inches

Draft: 26 feet 6 in

Final Disposition: Scrapped 7 September 1972

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Letters to Mom

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Apollo 7 Recovery - Backup to USS Essex  - October 1968

APA-36 DEPLOYMENTS   
From 1941 - 1972 The Cambria served in:

Western Pacific

Nagasaki --surrender signing

Atlantic Fleet Exercises at Vieques Island, Puerto Rico

Mediterranean

Mediterranean-West Africa

Atlantic Ocean

Great Lakes

Cuban Missile Blockade

Mediterranean-Lebanon

Guantanamo Bay

Bay of Pigs

Cuban missile crises

Dry Dock

FEB1967Apollo ( NASA ) Back up recovery ship

Middle East off coast.

Caribbean

Mediterranean-Indian Ocean

West Africa

Apollo 13 Secondary Recovery Team Atlantic Ocean

Collision-at-sea with USS Shadwell (LSD15) 8