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I looked on the USS CASA GRANDE reunion website and found this more detailed and updated History of the ships operations.
It appears whoever supplied the caption info got the date period and the wrong frozen polar cap. The photo below the one you referenced, said that she was at Thule, Greenland in the same June-July 1969 time period. According to her history, she deployed to the MED one last time returning in August 1969. She made several missions to Arctic, Greenland, Newfoundland, during the 1950's. She had no mission to either Antarctica or Arctic in 1969 with her planned decommissioning reducing her mission availability.
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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