USN – Current Amphibious Warfare Ships

Amphibious Command Ships (does not include Amphibious Assault Ships, which are found on an earlier page) see also retired listing.

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Blue Ridge Class LCC LOA 634′ / 193.2 m TDISP 19,600 tons (2)

USS Blue Ridge LCC-19 (1970)USS Blue Ridge LCC-19 Yokosuka 2015.jpg

USS Blue Ridge 1989 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SD-06-16318 PH1 Terry Cosgrove

USS Mount Whitney LCC-20 (1971)

BALTOPS 2019 USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20)
USS Mount Whitney during BALTOPS 2019 US Navy: 5509732 PO3 Steven Edgar

USS Mount Whitney LCC-20 Gaeta 2016.jpg

USS Mount Whitney LCC-20 during a June 1993 visit to Halifax, NS. Credit: Daniel L. Little, who retains copyright.

USS Mount Whitney LCC-20 Gaeta 2016.jpg

Amphibious Transport Docks (LPD)

San Antonio Class LPD LOA 684′ / 208.5 m TDISP 25,000 tons (11 active, variants building)

ACE Running and Gunning
USS John P. Murtha LPD-26, 2019 U.S. Marine Corps photo 5277916 by Lance Cpl. Jason Monty

USS New York LPD-21USS New York LPD-21 Mayport FL 2018.jpgSanAntonioclassLPDNorfolkVA2015

USS Somerset AAV Operations
A Japanese assault vessel enters the well deck of the USS Somerset LPD-25, a San Antonio Class amphibious transport dock, 2019. USN official 5068299 Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Devin M. Langer

Flight II San Antonio class (2 building, 11 more planned) Biggest visual difference is the traditional masts. USS Harrisburg LPD-30 Pascagoula 2022

Dock Landing Ships

Harpers Ferry Class LSD LOA 610′ / 185.9 m TDISP 16,100 tons (4 active)

USS Harpers Ferry alongside a mine countermeasures vessel USS Dextrous, 2004 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SD-07-10776 JO2 Brian Biller, USN
Harpers Ferry vs. Whidbey Island LSD San Diego 2017
2017 San Diego capture highlights visual differences in these very similar classes of LSD: Harpers Ferry has a Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) launcher immediately above bridge, and a Phalanx CIWS on raised deck housing forward. Whidbey Island Class (covered below) has Phalanx on top, level with other Phalanx behind mast. The other major difference (according to Warsearcher) is the Whidbey island has a massive deck cutout down to the well deck in middle, while the Harpers Ferry, with a reduced length well deck, does not appear to have this large a feature.
Amphibious Operations Aboard USS Harpers Ferry
USS Harpers Ferry LSD-49, 2019 US Navy: 5671013 PO3 Keypher Strombeck
USS harpers ferry well deck NARA
USS Harpers Ferry LSD-49 well deck operations, 2006 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SD-07-12475 MCSA Charles Green, USN

Whidbey Island Class LSD LOA 609′ / 185.6 m TDISP 16,100 tons (6 active, 2 retired)

USS Ashland LSD-48, 2005 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SD-06-05765 PHAN Finley Williams, USN
whidbey island class LSD San Diego 2016WELLDECK
Google Earth 2016/03 capture modified to show outlines of 440-foot long internal well deck on Whidbey Class LSD (yellow box), which can hold 4 or possibly 5 Landing Craft Air Cushioned (LCAC). For size comparison this has been overlaid with a 445′ Oliver Hazard Perry Class Frigate, San Diego 2012 capture (see retired USN listing for full view of this ship)
USS Germantown 1986 well deck NARA
USS Germantown commissioning ceremonies held in interior of massive well deck, 1986. View appears to be from near the stern gate looking forward. NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SN-86-04016 Lockheed Shipbuilding Co.
USS Germantown LSD-42, Sasebo, Japan

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