Sept. 29, 1969
A half-century ago today, the fourth ship bearing the name of the port city of Mobile was christened for service in the US Navy.
A cargo ship, the USS Mobile went into immediate service for the Vietnam War and supported more than a dozen missions. With a helicopter platform and powerful cranes, the Mobile was well-suited to support the buildup and execution of Operation Desert Storm in 1991.
The Navy decommissioned the Mobile in 1994 and sent it on to a maintenance facility at the port of Philadelphia.
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