USS Barnstable County
(LST-1197)

UNITAS XXXII , West African Training Cruise 1991 (WATC91) and Sail Boston '92 Cruise Book


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The Barnstable County (BSC) entered the Norfolk Shipping Co. Shipyard on 7 January 1991. After receiving various repairs and equipment upgrades, the ship began sea trials starting on 20 May. Inspections, maintenance surveys and crew training continued until 1 July when the ship got underway for a combination UNITAS and West African Training Cruise. Arriving at Roosevelt Roads on 6 July 1991, the BSC joined Peruvian and Venezuelan ships for an amphibious exercise off Puerto Rico between 11 and 16 July. She then sailed into Colombian waters for additional exercises.

Departing Cartagena on 25 July 1991, BSC transited the Panama Canal on 1 August and put into Rodman, Panama. There, she began final preparations for her cruise around South America. Underway 5 August, 1991, the ship conducted flight operations with Colombian Army helicopters before making stops at Malaga, Columbia, and Manta, Ecuador. Continuing the pattern of exercises with regional navies at sea, followed by port visits to their respective countries, Barnstable County visited Valdivia, Ecuador; Callao, Peru; and Coquimbo, Valparaiso and Talcahuano, Chile; mooring in the latter port on 22 September. After receiving voyage repairs at Talcahuano, the ship made a final stop at Quemchi, Chile, before transiting the Straits of Magellan on 3 October. BSC then stopped at Puerto Belgrano, Argentina, before conducting amphibious warfare exercises with Argentine marines. Following stops at Baliza Chica and Buenos Aires, visiting the latter Argentine port between 15 and 19 October, the ship completed her participation in UNITAS XXXII with stops at Montevideo, Uruguay, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at the end of the month.

Departing Rio de Janeiro on 4 November, BSC sailed east across the Atlantic and arrived at Pointe Noire, Congo, on the 15th. Like her previous visits in the region, theship carried out diplomatic visits, Project Handclasp presentations, and instructional symposiums for regional naval officers. Moving north on 18 November, the BSC made stops at Libreville, Gabon; Saġ Tome, Saġ Tome; Malabo, Equatorial Guinea; before ending the month at Cotonou, Benin. With her cruise complete, the ship sailed for home on 3 December, arriving in Little Creek on the 18th.

Like the previous winter, the LST entered the Norfolk Shipping Co. yard to receive voyage repairs and equipment upgrades. The ship remained there from 11 February to 5 May 1992, and followed the yard period with seven weeks of inspections, sea trials and individual ship training. On 1 July 1992, BSC sailed north for a port visit to Greenport, N.Y., and Everett, Massachusetts; the latter city being within Barnstable County, the LSTs namesake. The ship returned to Little Creek on 17 July, 1992.


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Ship's History Commanding Officer Executive Officer Command Senior Chiefs
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Nav/Admin Department USCG Detachment Medical/Chaplain COMSOLANT Band
UNITAS XXXII WATC91 Sail Boston '92 Epilogue

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