USS Inchon (LPH/MCS-12), an Iwo Jima-class amphibious assault ship, was a ship of the United States Navy named for the battle of Inchon, a turning point of the Korean War. She was laid down on 8 April 1968 by Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, MS; launched on 24 May 1969; and commissioned on 20 June 1970. Inchon was redesignated a Mine Countermeasures Command and Support Ship, MCS-12, 6 March 1995, and converted at Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, MS. She was assigned to the Active Naval Reserve Force, 30 September 1996. On October 30, 2001 she suffered a boiler room fire and damage was so severe that it was decided not to repair her. She was laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, at Philadelphia, PA. She was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register 24 May 2004 and sunk, on 5 December 2004 at 36° 42.30' N 71° 40.00' W, in 2,150 fathoms (3.9 km) of water, 207 NM (383 km) east of Virginia Beach, VA.
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