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Re: Comstock review: USS Casa Grande in Antarctica?
The USN sent various ships to Antarctica tp deliver supplies for years after WWII. I couldn't find any mention of USS CASA GRANDE (LSD-13) being one of those (her DANFS entry needs an update, it ends in 1960!!), but wouldn't rule it out. In late 1969 CASA GRANDE was decommissioned, so any such mission in 1969 would have been during the "summer" months (well before June) in early 1969.
Today Steve's review of USS Comstock by Blue Ridge Models was published:
USS Comstock on Steelnavy
One of her sister ships, USS Casa Grande (LSD-13), has a photo on Navsource labelled as "USS Casa Grande (LSD-13) in the Antarctic ice, circa June-July 1969."
Was Casa Grande or any of her sister ships ever visiting Antartica? And if yes, why? To support polar research or some exercise?
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