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USS Denver (LPD-9)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons





Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (24MAY72)- Joint Meritorious Unit Award - Navy Unit Commendation (5)
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (5) - Navy Expeditionary Medal (1-Iran/Indian Ocean)
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (5) - Vietnam Service Medal (6)
Fourth Row - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal- Humanitarian Service Medal (4)
Fifth Row - Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


Austin Class Amphibious Transport Dock:
  • Laid down, 7 February 1964, at Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction, Seattle, WA.
  • Launched, 23 January 1965
  • Commissioned USS Denver (LPD-9), 26 October 1968
  • During the Vietnam War USS Denver (LPD-9) participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    25 to 27 February 1970
    12 to 30 March 1970
    26 to 27 April 1970
    30 April 1970
    Consolidation I
    1 to 19 November 1971
    Sanctuary Counteroffensive
    1 to 2 May1970
    10 to 11 May 1970
    20 to 22 May 1970
    10 to 17 June1970
    Consolidation II
    23 to 28 January 1972
    10 to 12 February 1972
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    19 to 22 July 1970
    7 to 20 August 1970
    23 to 26 March 1971
    31 May to 9 June 1971
    Vietnam Ceasefire
    30 March to 3 April 1972
    8 April to 27 May 1972
    19 June to 28 July 1972

  • USS Denver is currently assigned to the Amphibious Force, COMNAVSURFPAC and will be forward deployed at Sasebo, Japan in July 2008
  • Scheduled to be decommissioned, 30 September 2014, at Pearl Harbor, HI.
  • USS Denver earned six campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 9,734 t.(lt), 17,326 t.(fl)
    Length 570'
    Beam 100'
    Draft 23 ft.
    Speed 21 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 24
    Enlisted 400
    Troop Accommodations 840
    Flag Staff Accommodations 90
    Boats, Assault Craft
    Well Deck
    one LCU, or two LCM-8s or four LCM-6s
    Ship's Boats
    two LCPL
    one motor whaleboat
    Armament
    four twin 3"/50 cal. gun mounts replaced by two 25 mm MK38 chain guns
    two Phalanx CIWS
    eight 50 cal. machine guns
    Aircraft
    two CH-46/CH-53 or four UH-1/AH-1, or two AV-8B Harriers
    Propulsion
    two Foster-Wheeler boilers
    two DeLaval steam turbines
    twin propellers, 24,000shp

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    Denver 129k Denver (LPD-9) fitting out at Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction, Seattle, WA., 29 August 1965 Ron Reeves
    Denver 70k USS Denver (LPD-9) underway, date and location unknown
    DVIC Photo # DN-SN-85-00425, 1964, a US Navy photo from the collections of the Defense Visual Information Center.
    DVIC
    Denver 340k USS Denver (LPD-9) underway, location unknown, circa 1970 Photo distributed by Lockheed Shipbuilding, Submitted by CDR. Louis D Chirillo USN Ret
    Denver 124k USS Denver (LPD-9) at anchor, while landing craft transporting South Vietnamese Marines head for the well deck, during preparations for Operation Lam Son 72, 11 July 1972.
    A US Marine Corps. photo now in the collections of the Department of Defense Photo # A800676. Photos and text from "Fighting To Leave" by Colonel Robert E. Stoffey, USMC (Ret.)
    Robert Hurst
    Denver 520k Sailors on the flight deck of USS Denver (LPD-9) direct an MH-53E Sea Dragon from Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron Fifteen (HM-15), of Corpus Christi, Texas, during lift-off for anti-mine warfare operation in Exercise Kernel Blitz '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations. .
    US Navy photo # 970620-N-3149V-011 PACIFIC OCEAN (20 June 1997) by PH2 (NAC) Jeff Viano.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Denver 98k USS Denver (LPD-9) cruises off the coast of southern California, 21 June 1997, as the central mine counter-measures support ship in Exercise Kernel Blitz '97.
    US Navy photo # 970621-N-3149V-001
    Bill Gonyo
    Denver 94k USS Denver (LPD-9) lays at anchor off the coast of southern California, 24 June 1997, as an air-cushion landing craft (LCAC) heads toward her well deck during Exercise Kernel Blitz '97.
    US Navy photo # 970624-N-3149V-001 by PH2 (NAC) Jeffrey S. Viano.
    Bill Gonyo
    Denver 351k USS Denver (LPD-9) underway during fleet operations in the Pacific. An SH-60 "Seahawk" assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light Four One (HSL-41), flies overhead, 30 September 1997.
    US Navy photo # 970930-N-0000U-016.
    Robert Hurst
    Denver 19k USS Denver (LPD-9) entering Pearl Harbor after a collision at sea with USNS Yukon (T-AO-202). The collision occurred during an attempted UNREP 13 July, 2000 about 180 miles west of Oahu.
    US Navy photo
    Jim Bedient
    Denver 23k Another view of the damage done to USS Denver (LPD-9) after colliding at sea with USNS Yukon (T-AO-202) during an attempted UNREP 13 July, 2000 about 180 miles west of Oahu.
    US Navy photo
    Jim Bedient
    Denver 79k USS Denver (LPD-9) underway, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Denver 1127k Security personnel patrol the waters of Anaheim Bay while USS Denver (LPD-9) takes on ammunition. Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, CA. is the Navy’s primary West Coast ordnance storage, loading and maintenance installation, serving an average of eighty warships each year. The station recently installed a buoy-based security barrier to clearly delineate the restricted area of Anaheim Bay for civilian boaters.
    US Navy photo # 040210-N-1159B-009 Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif. (Feb 10, 2004) by JO2 Brain Brannon.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Denver 852k A newly installed buoy-based security barrier stretches around USS Denver (LPD-9) as the ship takes on ammunition. As a visual line of demarcation, the barrier serves to warn civilian boaters to stay in the small craft channel of Anaheim Bay, which is owned by the Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach.. The barriers also help security personnel to quickly and easily identify any vessels crossing into the restricted area.
    US Navy photo # 040210-N-1159B-006 Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif. (Feb 10, 2004) by JO2 Brain Brannon.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Denver 4393k USS Denver (LPD-9) departs from Pier 6 Naval Air Station North Island, CA., to conduct routine work-up training off the coast of Southern California. Navy ships and submarines often conduct routine drills and exercises off the Southern California coast in preparation for deployments.
    US Navy photo # 050215-N-1356A-002 San Diego, Calif. (Feb. 15, 2005) by PH2 Charles E. Alvarado.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Bonhomme Richard 232k USS Denver (LPD-9) and USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) steam through the Gulf of Oman. Bonhomme Richard and Denver, as part of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group, are on regularly scheduled deployments in support of Maritime Operations. Maritime Operations help set the conditions for security and stability, as well as complement counter-terrorism and security efforts to regional nations.US Navy photo # 070522-N-8157C-1197 Arabian Sea (May 22, 2007) by MC1 Denny Cantrell. Bill Gonyo
    Denver 502k USS Denver (LPD-9) moored pierside at Naval Station San Diego, date unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Denver 1657k Sailors man the rails as USS Denver (LPD-9) returns to Fleet Activities Sasebo following a three-month fall patrol in the Asian-Pacific region. Denver is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group which serves under Task Force 76, the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed amphibious force commander. The ship completed its first deployment as part of the U.S. Seventh Fleet Forward Deployed Naval Forces.
    US Navy photo # 081202-N-0807W-119 SASEBO, Japan (Dec. 2, 2008) by MC2 Joshua J. Wahl.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Denver 998k USS Denver (LPD-9) getting underway during a heavy rain storm to participate in exercise Talisman Saber '09. Talisman Saber is an Australian and U.S. combined exercise designed to prepare both nations in crisis action planning and the execution of contingency operations.
    US Navy photo # 090610-N-0807W-157 SASEBO, Japan (June 10, 2009) by MC2 Joshua J. Wahl.
    Lee Wahler
    Denver 964k Ensign Daniel J. Rocha, assigned to the minesweeper USS Guardian (MCM-5), looks on as USS Denver (LPD-9) departs Sasebo for her fall patrol.
    US Navy photo # 090923-N-8335D-147 SASEBO, Japan (Sept. 23, 2009) by MC1 Richard Doolin.
    Lee Wahler
    Denver 2043k USS Denver (LPD-9) rests in her berth at Fleet Activities Sasebo as snow falls over Japan's Kyushu region.
    US Navy photo # 100113-N-0807W-033 SASEBO, Japan (Jan. 13, 2010) by MC1 Geronimo Aquino.
    Lee Wahler
    Denver 1109k USS Denver (LPD-9) pulls into Laem Chabang for a scheduled port visit after completing Cobra Gold 2010. Cobra Gold is a joint and coalition multinational exercise hosted annually by the Kingdom of Thailand.
    US Navy photo # 100215-N-6692A-043 LAEM CHABANG, Thailand (Feb. 15, 2010) by MC2 Joshua J. Wahl.
    Lee Wahler
    Denver 294k The Republic of the Philippines navy Jacinto-class corvette ship BRP Apolinario Mabini (PS-36), left, the Republic of the Philippines navy Bacolod City-class auxiliary ship BRP Dagupan City (LC-551), center, and the Republic of the Philippines navy Cannon-class frigate BRP Rajah Humabon (PF-11), right, cruise in formation with the amphibious transport dock USS Denver (LPD-9) and the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) while taking part in exercise Balikatan 2010 (BK 10). BK 10 is an annual, bilateral exercise designed to improve interoperability between the U.S. and Republic of the Philippines.
    US Navy photo # 100314-N-0120A-659 SOUTH CHINA SEA (March 14, 2010) by MC2 Mark R. Alvarez.
    Robert Hurst
    Denver 1673k USS Denver (LPD-9) passes along side Singapore Navy amphibious transport dock RSS Resolution (LPD-208) in the Gulf of Thailand during Cobra Gold, 20 February 2011. Denver is part of the forward-deployed Essex Amphibious Ready Group and is underway participating in Cobra Gold, a multinational military exercise co-sponsored by the U.S. and Thailand.
    US Navy photo # 110220-N-6692A-058 GULF OF THAILAND (Feb. 20, 2011) by MC1 Geronimo C. Aquino.
    Robert Hurst
    Denver 1351k USS Denver (LPD-9) moors at Laem Chabang after participating in Cobra Gold 2011. Cobra Gold is a joint and coalition multinational exercise hosted annually by the Kingdom of Thailand.
    US Navy photo # 110221-N-6692A-109 LAEM CHABANG, Thailand (Feb. 21, 2011) by MC1 Geronimo C. Aquino.
    Lee Wahler
    Denver 215k USS Denver (LPD-9) transits the Philippine Sea during a scheduled deployment. Denver is part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and is currently operating in the 7th Fleet area of operations
    US Navy photo # 120924-N-WX580-050 PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 24, 2012) by MCSN Lacordrick Wilson.
    Lee Wahler
    Tippecanoe 1237k The amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD-9), far left, pulls alongside USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) to conduct a dual replenishment at sea with the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) (not shown).
    US Navy photo # 120924-N-WX580-069 PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 24, 2012) by MCSN Lacordrick Wilson.
    Lee Wahler
    Denver 227k USS Denver (LPD-9) pulls away from the pier at Sasebo, Japan. Denver is part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, the US Navy's only forward-deployed amphibious ready group.
    US Navy photo # 40127-N-LM312-085 SASEBO, Japan (Jan. 27, 2014) by MC2 Adam D. Wainwright.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Denver 371k Landing craft utility LCU-1666 enters the well deck of USS Denver (LPD-9). Denver is assigned to the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and is conducting operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 140205-N-IC565-071 OKINAWA, Japan (Feb. 5, 2014) by MC3 Bradley J. Gee.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Denver 246k Marines assigned to Combat Assault Battalion Amphibious Assault Vehicle General Support Platoon drive Amphibious P7 Ram RS vehicles out of the well deck of USS Denver (LPD-9). Denver is assigned to the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and is conducting operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 140223-N-IC565-240 OKINAWA, Japan (Feb. 23, 2014) by MC3 Bradley J. Gee.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Denver 269k USS Denver (LPD-9), part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, transits the East China Sea with ships from Flotilla Five of the Republic of Korea Navy. Denver is participating in Exercise Ssang Yong, an annual combined exercise conducted by Navy and Marine forces with the Republic of Korea.
    US Navy photo # 140327-N-BJ178-189 EAST CHINA SEA (March 27, 2014) by MC3 Michael Achterling.
    Denver
    40327-N-BJ178-071 EAST CHINA SEA (March 27, 2014)
    356k USS Denver (LPD-9) transits the East China Sea during a photo exercise. Denver is part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and is participating in Exercise Ssang Yong, an annual combined exercise conducted by Navy and Marine forces with the Republic of Korea in order to strengthen interoperability across the range of military operations.
    US Navy photo #'s
    140327-N-BJ178-071 EAST CHINA SEA (March 27, 2014) and
    140327-N-BJ178-799 EAST CHINA SEA (March 27, 2014 by MC3 Michael Achterling.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Denver
    140327-N-BJ178-799 EAST CHINA SEA (March 27, 2014)
    278k
    Denver 165k A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter assigned to the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM-265) (Reinforced) lands on the flight deck of USS Denver (LPD-9). Denver is assigned to Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7 and is participating in Exercise Ssang Yong, an annual combined exercise conducted by Navy and Marine forces with the Republic of Korea in order to strengthen interoperability across the range of military operations
    US Navy photo # 140401-N-IC565-048 EAST CHINA SEA (April 1, 2014) by MC3 Bradley J. Gee.
    Robert M. Cieri


    For more photos and information about USS Denver, see;
  • Command History/Operations Reports
  • USS Denver (LPD-9)
  • Navy Fact File - Amphibious Transport Dock - LPD
  • Official US Navy Photographs of the Burial-at-Sea of the remains of HTC Anthony J. Cieri, Jr., USN (Ret), from the USS Denver (LPD-9), Monday 13 June 1977.
  • Welcome Aboard pamphlet for 1982
  • Commanding Officers

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

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