Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster. Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.

NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive

Patches Contributed by Mike Smolinski

USS Cleveland (LPD-7)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Juliet - Delta
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (2- 22DEC1967, 14NOV1972) - Joint Unit Meritorious Award
Second Row - Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (3) - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (8)
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Op. Sharpe Edge, 1-Liberia, 2 -Op. Restore Hope, Somalia) Vietnam Service Medal (9)
Fourth Row - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Humanitarian Service Medal (1-Eniwetok Cleanup) - Coast Guard Commendation Ribbon (with Operational Distinguishing device)
Fifth Row - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (3) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

Austin Class Amphibious Transport Dock:
  • Laid down, 25 January 1963, at Ingalls Shipbuilding Pascagoula, MS.
  • Launched, 7 May 1966
  • Commissioned USS Cleveland (LPD-7), 21 April 1967, at Norfolk, VA., CAPT. R.A. Hogsed, in command
  • During the Vietnam War USS Cleveland (LPD-7) participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    12 November 1967 to 5 January 1968
    16 to 29 January 1968
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    1 to 9 and 22 to 26 November 1969
    Tet Counteroffensive
    30 January to 16 March 1968
    26 March to 1 April 1968
    Sanctuary Counteroffensive
    8 to 11 July 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    2 April to 20 May 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    17 to 19 December 1970
    27 to 28 December 1970
    8 to 26 January 1971
    3 February to 8 March 1971
    22 to 24 April 1971
    Tet 69/Counteroffensive
    5 to 29 May 1969
    5 to 8 June 1969
    Vietnam Ceasefire
    3 to 27 August 1972
    11 September to 9 October 1972
    28 October to 27 November 1972
    20 to 22 December 1972
    28 December 1972 to 7 January 1973
    22 to 27 January 1973
    27 February to 28 March 1973
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    9 June to 22 July 1969
    10 August to 16 September 1969
    27 September to 2 October 1969
    12 to 23 October 1969

  • Cleveland is currently a member of the US Pacific Fleet and is Homeported at San Diego, CA.
  • Decommissioned, 30 September 2011, at Naval Station San Diego, retention in reserve
  • USS Cleveland earned nine campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Displacement 9,734 t.(lt), 17,326 t.(fl)
    Length 570'
    Beam 100'
    Draft 23 ft.
    Speed 21 kts.
    24 Officers
    400 Enlisted
    Troop and Flag Accommodations
    840 Troops
    90 Flag Staff
    Assault Craft (well deck capacity)
    one LCU or two LCM-8 or four LCM-6
    Ships Boats)
    two LCPL
    one motor whaleboat
    two 25 mm MK38 chain guns
    two Phalanx CIWS
    eight 50 cal. mgs.
    two CH-46/CH-53 or four UH-1/AH-1, or two AV-8B Harriers
    2 Foster-Wheeler boilers
    2 DeLaval steam turbines
    2 Shafts, 24,000 Shaft Horsepower
    Click On Image
    For Full Size Image
    Size Image Description Contributed
    Cleveland 70k USS Cleveland (LPD-7), date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Jerry Hays
    Cleveland 70k USS Cleveland (LPD-7), departing San Diego, date unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Cleveland 85k USS Cleveland (LPD-7), at Hong Kong, in 1969, with a partial view of USS Catskill (MCS-1) at left. Photo by Larry Lee
    Cleveland 100k USS Cleveland (LPD-7) underway off the coast of Port Hueneme, CA., in support of search and recovery operations for Alaska Airlines Flight 261.
    US Navy photo # 000203-N-1523C-002 . Photo by PHCS Terry Cosgrove.
    Bill Gonyo
    Cleveland 24k USS Cleveland (LPD-7) entering San Diego, harbor in Sept 2002.
    © Purcell 02 Photo by Ramón Purcell
    Copies of this photo available from Ramón Purcell
    Cleveland 42k USS Cleveland (LPD-7) departing San Diego, outbound to sea loaded with US Marines and AH-1W " Super Cobra" attack helicopters in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, 17 January 2003.
    US Navy photo # 1-030117-N-2069B-011 from the Navy Newsstand web site.
    Bernard A. Cardali
    Bonhomme Richard 4166k Amphibious Task Force-West (ATF-West), comprised of;
    USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6),
    USS Boxer (LHD-4),
    USS Dubuque (LPD-8),
    USS Comstock (LSD-45),
    USS Anchorage (LSD-36),
    USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52), and
    USS Cleveland (LPD-7),
    steam in formation with Military Sealift Command (MSC) oiler USNS Guadalupe (T-AO-200). ATF-West deployed from San Diego January 17, transporting Marines and their gear to Kuwait for further deployment into Iraq.US Navy photo # 030524-N-1352S-006 Arabian Gulf (May 24, 2003) by PH2 Jennifer Swader.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Cleveland 70k USS Cleveland (LPD-7) moored at San Francisco, along the Embarcadero during Fleet Week 2003, 11 October 2003 Roy Thomas
    Cleveland 124k USS Cleveland (LPD-7) underway, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Cleveland 99k USS Cleveland (LPD-7) departing San Diego, CA., date unknown. Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr.
    Cleveland 94k USS Cleveland (LPD-7) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Cleveland 51k USS Cleveland (LPD-7) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Cleveland 438k A mobile security detachment boat escorts USS Cleveland (LPD 7) away from the pier following her involvement in the 57th annual Seattle Seafair, 7 August 2006. Seafair is Seattle's month-long traditional summer festival, which includes parades, amateur athletics, air shows and boat racing.
    US Navy photo # 060807-N-0763C-004 Seattle, Wash. (Aug. 7, 2006) by MC3 Tara Cornett.
    Douglas Brown
    Cleveland 371k USS Cleveland (LPD-7) transits through Puget Sound during Seattle Seafair 2007 on 1 August 2007.
    US Navy photo # 070801-N-3390M-002 SEATTLE (Aug. 1, 2007) by MC2 Douglas G. Morrison.
    Douglas Brown
    Cleveland 1943k USS Cleveland (LPD-7) moored pierside at Naval Station San Diego, CA., August 2007. Across the pier is USS Germantown (LSD-42) Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Cleveland 1981k USS Cleveland (LPD-7) (left) and USS Germantown (LSD-42) moored pierside at Naval Station San Diego, CA., August 2007. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Cleveland 737k Indian Ocean, 18 December 2007. CAPT. Billy Hart, USS Cleveland (LPD-7)'s commanding officer, presents a plaque to Brigadier General Moosa Ali Jaleel, Commanding General of Maldives National Defense Force's Quick Reaction Force. Marines from the Combined Logistics Battalion (CLB 11) and Cleveland's medical personnel are participating in Coconut Grove, an exercise to enhance capabilities and interoperability between US forces and MNDF. Cleveland, embarked with Marines from CLB 11, is currently assigned to the Tarawa Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) and is on a scheduled deployment to the 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility.
    US Navy photo by MC1(AW) Grant P. Ammon.
    Bill Gonyo
    Cleveland 2064k USS Cleveland (LPD-7) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to support Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010 exercises. RIMPAC is a biennial, multinational exercise designed to strengthen regional partnerships and improve multinational interoperability.
    US Navy photo # 100624-N-6854D-136 PEARL HARBOR (June 24, 2010) by MC2 Jon Dasbach.
    Robert Hurst
    Cleveland 1498k USS Cleveland (LPD-7) returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010 exercises.
    US Navy photo # 100730-N-6854D-076 PEARL HARBOR (July 30, 2010) by MC2 Jon Dasbach.
    Lee Wahler
    Cleveland 537k USS Cleveland (LPD-7) departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after a scheduled port visit. Cleveland is the flagship for Pacific Partnership 2011, which will visit five island nations this summer: Tonga, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, and the Federated States of Micronesia. Pacific Partnership 2011 is a humanitarian assistance initiative, which promotes cooperation throughout the Pacific.
    US Navy photo # 110405-N-VM928-016 PEARL HARBOR (April 5, 2011) by MC2 Robert Stirrup.
    Lee Wahler
    1512k USS Cleveland (LPD-7) transits toward the Kingdom of Tonga to begin the first phase of Pacific Partnership 2011.
    US Air Force photo nos. 110413-F-HS649-736 PACIFIC OCEAN (April 13, 2011) and 110413-F-HS649-799 PACIFIC OCEAN (April 13, 2011) by TSGT Tony Tolley.
    Lee Wahler
    Cleveland 1899k USS Cleveland (LPD-7) pulls out of Tonga after completing the first mission of Pacific Partnership 2011.
    US Navy photo # 110423-N-BC134-366 PACIFIC OCEAN (April 23, 2011) by MCSN John Grandin.
    Lee Wahler
    Cleveland 260k USS Cleveland (LPD-7) leads the Royal New Zealand Navy multi-role vessel HMNZS Canterbury (L421), a French military Puma helicopter, Landing Craft Utility LCU-1665, and the Royal Australian Navy landing craft heavy HMAS Balikpapan (L-126) and HMAS Betano (L-133) during a transit of Segond Channel. Cleveland is participating in Pacific Partnership 2011, a five-month humanitarian assistance initiative that will visit Tonga, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste, and the Federated States of Micronesia.
    US Navy photo # 110509-N-KB563-512 ESPIRITU SANTO, Vanuatu (May 9, 2011) by MC2 Michael Russell.
    Lee Wahler
    Cleveland 756k USS Cleveland (LPD-7) transits the Pacific Ocean during Pacific Partnership 2011.
    US Navy photo # 110510-N-BC134-341 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 10, 2011) by MCSN John Grandin.
    Lee Wahler
    Cleveland 1734k USS Cleveland (LPD-7) at Timor Leste for Pacific Partnership 2011.
    US Navy photo # 110616-N-YM863-767 TIMOR LESTE (June 16, 2011) by MC1 Eli J. Medellin.
    Lee Wahler
    Cleveland 734k An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter departs USS Cleveland (LPD-7). Cleveland is the flagship for Pacific Partnership 2011, which will visit the islands of Tonga, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste and the Federated States of Micronesia.
    US Navy photo # 110624-O-ZZ999-010 DILI, Timor-Leste (June 24, 2011) by Kristopher Radder.
    Lee Wahler
    Cleveland 916k USS Cleveland (LPD-7) departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on her final deployment. Cleveland recently participated in Pacific Partnership 2011 and is scheduled to be decommissioned later this year, following 44 years of service.
    US Navy photo # 110727-N-XD424-369 PEARL HARBOR (July 27, 2011) by MCSN Dustin W. Sisco.
    Lee Wahler
    Cleveland 2190k USS Cleveland (LPD-7) returns to San Diego after a five-month deployment as part of the Pacific Partnership 2011 humanitarian mission.
    US Navy photo # 110804-N-KS651-097 SAN DIEGO (Aug. 4, 2011) by MC2 Jason Behnke..
    Lee Wahler
    Cleveland 160k CDR. Christopher J. Kipp, commanding officer of USS Cleveland (LPD-7), gives a final salute during the decommissioning ceremony for Cleveland at Naval Base San Diego. Cleveland was decommissioned after 44 years of Naval service.
    US Navy photo # 110930-N-UM054-167 SAN DIEGO (Sept. 30, 2011) by EMFN Yasmine Muhammad
    Ron Reeves

    There is no DANFS history available for USS Cleveland (LPD-7) at NavSource

    For more photos and information about USS Cleveland, see;
  • History and Command Operational Reports
  • Navy Fact File - Amphibious Transport Dock - LPD
  • Commanding Officers

  • Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Back To The Navsource Photo Archives Main Page Back To The Amphibious Ship Type Index Back To The Amphibious Transport Dock (LPD) Photo Index
    Comments, Suggestions, E-mail Webmaster.
    This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History
    Last Updated 25 January 2013