From Dictionary of American Naval Fighting
Largest city of Louisiana, New Orleans was the scene of Andrew Jackson's great victory at the close of the War of 1812, in which small naval forces under Commodore David Patterson played a large role; and of a key naval action in the Civil War, in which Admiral David Farragut opened the southern Mississippi to Union forces.
(LPH-11: dp. 18,300, l. 592', b. 84', dr. 26', s. 20 k., cpl. 528; a. 8 3"; cl. Iwo Jima)
The third New Orleans was laid down 1 March 1966 at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, P hiladelphia, Pa.; launched 3 February 1968 sponsored by Mrs. Arthur A. de la Houssaye and commissioned 16 November 1968, Captain G. M. Even in command.