USN Retired Amphibious Warfare Ships

This page does not include Amphibious Assault Ships, which are found on an earlier page.

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Amphibious Transport Docks

Austin Class LOA 570′ TDISP 16,900 tons (12, all retired)


USS Denver LPD-9, 1985 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SC-85-08314

USS Duluth LPD-6 (1965 – 2005), towed to Brownsville TX January 2014 for scrapping

Austin Class Amph Land Dock LSD Brownsville 2014Austin Class Amph Land Dock LSD 2018USS Ponce LPD-15 (1971 – 2017) inactive, to be scrappedUSS Ponce Bahrain 2012

The final voyage of USS Denver

Final voyage of USS Denver LPD-9 leaving Sasebo Japan 2014 US Navy: 1461456 Mass Communications Specialist Seaman Cameron McCulloch

Anchorage Class Dock Landing Ship LSD LOA 553′ TDISP 14,200 tons (5, 1 still active in Taiwan Navy)


USS Fort Fisher LSD-40, Hong Kong,1992 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SC-92-09505 LTJG Jeff Hilton

Anchorage Class LSD Suisun Bay 2009

Thomaston Class Dock Landing Ship LOA 510′ TDISP 11,500 tons (8, 2 transferred to Brazil, one of these the only remaining unit in reserve)


USS Spiegel Grove LSD-42, 1984 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SC-85-03922

USS Hermitage LSD-34 (1956 – 1989) transferred to Brazil 1989 as NDD Ceará G-30 currently in reserveThomaston LSD Brazil 2012

USS Alamo LSD-33 (1956 – 1990) transferred to Brazil as Rio de Janeiro G-31 1990, now awaiting disposalThomaston LSD Brazil 2018

Thomaston Class LSD 2 Suisun Bay 2009

Raleigh Class LPD Amphibious Transport Dock LOA 519′ TDISP 14,100 tons (3 units, 1 transformed into as a Command Ship 1972, all scrapped or sunk)


USS Vancouver LPH-2, 1991 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SC-05-01655

USS Vancouver LPD-2 (1963 – 1992) Laid up Suisun Bay CA. Scrapped 2013 Brownsville TX

Raleigh Class LPD Suisun Bay 2013

Casa Grande Class Dock Landing Ship LOA 458′ TDISP 4,500 tons (17, 4 served in Royal Navy, all now scrapped or sunk)

USS Shadwell LSD-15 (1944 – 1970) used as a Damage Control testing ship Little Sand Island, Mobile Bay AB 1988 to 2017, by the Naval Research Laboratory. It seems to have had simulated structures fitted, such as the sail of a submarine and a helicopter airframe. ex-Shadwell was then scrapped in place, as the hull was grounded and heavily deteriorated. The process can be read about here.

USS Shadwell Mobile AB 2013

Note the “igloos” fitted over the 40mm AA guns on either side of the bridge. These are rare now, but were almost universally applied to inactive ship fleets from the early postwar, and still quite common over guns (sometimes up to 5″) until the 1990s.

USS Shadwell LSD-15 1968 NH 107627

USS Shadwell LSD-15, 1968 NH 107627 Courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Shadwell had been present during the 2 Sep. 1945 surrender ceremonies in Tokyo Bay.

USS Shadwell Mobile AB 2017

Scrapping in situ on Little Sand Island, Mobile Bay, has revealed the full extent of the large well deck, innovative for a Second World War design.

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