USS LCS 102 Navy Ship - A Complete Tour in 4K
What a great tour Tony gave us. This tiny 153-foot ship packed a huge punch. It was hard to imagine over 70 sailors on this ship. You better get along. After launching and commissioning at Commercial Iron Works in Portland Oregon, LCS(L)(3)-102 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, under the command of Lt. Richard Jones, her skipper. Although World War II was in its final stages by then, LCS-102 arrived in time to participate in the Battle of Okinawa, taking part in the Gunto operation between 18 and 30 June 1945. Radar Picket Duty in Okinawa In Okinawa, LCS-102 was assigned to Radar Picket (RP) station number 18, located about 90 miles south of the island. She would serve as one of four LCS class ships protecting the actual picket ship (a destroyer), as it scanned for aircraft heading outbound from the island to the US Fleet. Should any outbound hostile aircraft be detected, the destroyer would alert the main fleet out in deeper waters of the impending attack.