USN – Retired Amphibious Warfare Ships

Amphibious Warfare Ships (see also current listing)

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′ / 173.7 m TDISP 16,900 tons (12, all retired, 1 transferred to Indian Navy)

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

USS Dubuque LPD-8 (1967-2011) Vietnam War veteran. Currently inactive at Bremerton WAUSS Dubuque LPD-8 Bremerton 2018

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

Austin Class Amph Land Dock LSD Brownsville 2014USS Ponce LPD-15 (1971 – 2017) inactive, to be scrapped. In 2012 was converted to an Afloat Forward Staging Base to test a concept developed into the Lewis B. Puller class.USS Ponce UAE 2013USS 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

USS Shreveport LPD-12 (1970-2007) scrapping at Brownsville TX as of 2022. USS Shreveport LPD-12 Brownsville scrap 2022

Anchorage Class Dock Landing Ship LSD LOA 553′ / 168.6 m TDISP 14,200 tons (5, 1 still active in Republic of China (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 2009USS Pensacola LSD-38 (1971) Transferred to Republic of China Navy 1999 as ROCS Hsu Hai (LSD-193), extensively upgraded, currently in service

USS Pensacola LSD-38 showing the well deck, LCAC onboard, carrying an M-60 tank, 1985. NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SC-85-08015

ROCS Hsu Hai LSD-193

Thomaston Class Dock Landing Ship LOA 510′ / 155.4 m 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 reserve

USS Hermitage LSD-34 HFX 1964 HS-75047
USS Hermitage LSD-34 early in her career during a 1964 visit to Halifax NS. Credit: Library and Archives Canada / Department of National Defence Copyright held by Crown HS-75047

Thomaston LSD Brazil 2012USS 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′ / 158.2 m 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

USS La Salle (1964-2005) LPD-3 reclassified AGF-3 1972 upon conversion to a command ship. Sunk in a fleet exercise 2007. Because of her post-1972 white paint scheme she was known as the “Great White Whale” and later the “Great White Ghost of the Arabian Coast”

An aerial view of the miscellaneous command ship USS La Salle AGF-3 in the Mediterranean, ca. 1978. Note the distinctive aft stbd. side structure. Credit: NARA: USN official 330-CFD-DN-ST-87-06231 (PH2 James Bishop)

USS Lasalle AGF-3 Philadelphia 2006

Casa Grande Class Dock Landing Ship LOA 458′ / 139.6 m TDISP 4,500 tons (17, 4 served in Royal Navy, all now scrapped or sunk)

USS San Marcos LAB-2362 1957
USS San Marcos LSD-25 near HMCS Labrador, 1957. Credit Library and Archives Canada / Department of National Defence LAB-2362 Copyright belongs to Crown.

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.

USS Comstock LSD-19 (1945-1976) transferred to Republic of China (Taiwan) as ROCS Chung Cheng (LSD-191) served 1984-2012, sunk as artificial reef 2015

USS Comstock LSD-19 USN 1111760
USS Comstock LSD-19 offloading troops into landing craft at Chu Lai, Vietnam, June 1965 USN 1111760 R.W. Smith, Courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command, copyright held by NARA

ROCS Chung Cheng Taiwan 2012ROCS Chung Cheng Taiwan 2009

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