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USS Trenton (LPD-14)

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USS Trenton (LPD-14) was transferred to India, renamed INS Jalashwa (L41)
Austin Class Amphibious Transport Dock:
  • Launched, 3 August 1968, at Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction, Seattle, WA.
  • Commissioned USS Trenton (LPD-14), 6 March 1971, CAPT. Karl R. Thiele in command
  • Trenton is homeported at Norfolk, VA., and is a member of Amphibious Group II, reporting to COMNAVSURFLANT
  • Decommissioned and turned over to the Indian Navy, 17 January 2007, renamed INS Jalashwa (L41)
  • Commissioned into the Indian Navy, 22 June 2007
    Specifications:
    Displacement 8,894 t.(lt), 16,590 t.(fl)
    Length 570'
    Beam 100'
    Draft 23 ft.
    Speed 21 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 28
    Enlisted 480
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 72
    Enlisted 851
    Flag Staff 90
    Boats
    Assault Craft, (well deck capacity) 1 LCU, or 2 LCM-8 or 4 LCM-6
    Ships Boats 2 LCPL, 1 motor whaleboat
    Armament
    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
    two propellers, 24,000 shp

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    Trenton 363k Trenton (LPD-14) under way, 18 January 1971, while running builders trials probably in Puget Sound. Note the small collapsible hangar extended onto her flight deck.
    Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Co. photo from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    Trenton 391k
    Trenton 91k USS Trenton (LPD-14) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
     
    Trenton 18k USS Trenton (LPD-14) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
     
    Trenton 466k USS Trenton (LPD-14) moored pierside at Marseille, France, date unknown. Photo by Philippe Gonzales
    Trenton/Guam 48k USS Trenton (LPD-14) and USS Guam (LPH-9) off Barcelona, Spain, the afternoon of 16 January 1977. Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Trenton 94k USS Trenton (LPD 14) at Barcelona, Spain, 23 January 1977. This photo and the next photo (Number 5) provide a good view of the ship's deck and superstructure layout, with the original four twin 3"/50 gun mounts, one Mk.56 and two Mk.63 gun directors, a telescoping hangar and two landing spots. Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Trenton 92k USS Trenton (LPD 14) at Barcelona, Spain, 23 January 1977. This photo and the above photo (Number 4) provide a good view of the ship's deck and superstructure layout, with the original four twin 3"/50 gun mounts, one Mk.56 and two Mk.63 gun directors, a telescoping hangar and two landing spots. Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Trenton 231k Starboard bow view of USS Trenton (LPD 14) moored at Barcelona, Spain, 23 January 1977. Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Trenton 160k In the early hours 17 January 1977, an LCM(6) from the USS Trenton, carrying marines and sailors back from shore leave, collided with a merchant vessel which was entering the port, and capsized. Forty-nine servicemen were killed in the accident. Shortly afterwards a small monument was erected nearby. The memorial reads;
    "In memory of the members of the US Navy and US Marine Corps serving on the USS Guam and the USS Trenton who perished in this port on 17 January 1977, and in gratitude to the citizens, officials and rescue teams of Barcelona for their cooperation with the US Forces".
    Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Austin/Trenton 75k USS Trenton (LPD-14) and USS Austin (LPD-4) at Norfolk, VA., circa 1980s. Edward Cleary
    Trenton 243k USS Trenton (LPD-14) moored pierside at Genoa, Italy, 9 March 1996. Photos by Carlo Martinelli
    Trenton 1025k
    Trenton 268k USS Trenton (LPD-14) (front) and the fleet oiler USS Merrimack (AO-179) (astern) steaming in formation, 17 July 1996. Both ships were part of the George Washington Battle Group. The "GW" battle group returned to homeport 23 July after completing a scheduled six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea, which included sustained operations in support of the NATO-led peacekeeping in Bosnia and UN sanctions against Iraq in the Arabian Gulf.
    US Navy photo # 960717-N-9975P-001 ATLANTIC OCEAN (17 July 1996) by PH1 (AW) Greg Pinkley.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Austin/Trenton 87k USS Trenton (LPD-14)'s crew "man the rail" as a harbor tug pushes them to the pier at Port Everglades, FL,, for Fleet Week 2004, 26 April 2004.
    US Navy # 040426-N-2038L-005 by JO2 William Lovelady.
    Bill Gonyo
    Trenton 1891k US Navy and Spanish Navy ships maneuver through the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, 25 September 2004, while participating in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Exercise Standing Naval Force Atlantic (SNFL). The Standing Naval Force is a squadron of eight to ten destroyers and frigates from different nations in the NATO organization. Pictured foreground-to-background: The Spanish Navy Santa Maria Class Frigate, Navarra (F-85); USS Trenton (LPD-14); the Tarawa Class Amphibious Assault Ship, USS Saipan (LHA-2), and the Oliver Hazard Perry Class Frigate, USS Simpson (FFG-56).
    US Navy photo # 040925-N-8327M-001 by PH3 Mark A. Martinez, USN
    Robert Hurst
    Austin/Trenton 93k USS Trenton (LPD-14) prepares to moor at Naval Station Norfolk after a successful deployment, 21 September 2006. Trenton responded to Joint Task Force Lebanon while deployed, assisting over 3500 American citizens evacuate the war torn country. This is the last deployment for Trenton, after 35 years of active service, before she is decommissioned and transferred to the Indian Navy in January.
    US Navy # 060921-N-5055G-012 by MC 2nd Class Joshua Glassburn.
    Lee Wahler
    INS Jalashwa (L41)
    Austin/Trenton 115k Indian sailors raise their national flag aboard ex-USS Trenton (LPD 14), which was decommissioned after 35 years of naval service. The Indian navy assumed immediate ownership of Trenton renaming her INS Jalashwa (L41).
    US Navy # 070117-N-1924T-115 Norfolk, Va. (Jan. 17, 2007) by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Leslie Tomaino - US Navy Newsstand.
    Douglas Brown
    Austin/Trenton 88k India's national flag flies from the fantail of the recently decommissioned USS Trenton (LPD 14). Trenton was decommissioned after 35 years of naval service. The Indian navy assumed immediate ownership of Trenton and renamed her INS Jalashwa (L41).
    US Navy # 070117-N-1924T-143 Norfolk, Va. (Jan. 17, 2007) by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Leslie Tomaino - US Navy Newsstand.
    Douglas Brown
    Trenton 201k INS Jalashwa (L41) with six SH-3 Sea King ASW helicopters on deck, heading for her homeport of Visakhapatnam.
    Indian Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Trenton 342k INS Jalashwa (L41) entering Visakhapatnam harbor, 12 September 2007.
    Indian Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Trenton 33k INS Jalashwa (L41) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    Photo from the Matterson Marine Collection.
    John Huard Sr.

    USS Trenton (LPD-14)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Thiele, Karl Revere6 march 1971 - 13 December 1972
    02CAPT. McCormick III, Daniel G. :RADM13 December 1972 - 5 April 1974
    03CAPT. Winnefeld, James Alexander :ADM5 April 1974 - 31 October 1975
    04CAPT. Anderson, Alden B.31 October 1975 - 23 July 1977
    05CAPT. Atwood Jr., Henry Clayton23 July 1977 - 8 July 1980
    06CAPT. Hannah Jr., Elmore Kline8 July 1980 - 13 August 1982
    07CAPT. Whitby Jr., Ralph Earl13 August 1982 - 8 January 1984
    08CAPT. Cooper, Robert Lee8 January 1984 - 24 February 1986
    09CAPT. Reader, Robert James24 February 1986 - 5 February 1988
    10CAPT. Nutwell, Robert Michael :RADM5 February 1988 - 18 August 1989
    11CAPT. Curtis, James A.18 August 1989 - 29 January 1991
    12CAPT. Ries, Stephen Hamilton29 January 1991 - 8 September 1992
    13CAPT. Baucom, Larry Clifford, USN (70)8 September 1992 - 9 February 1994
    14CAPT. Lennon Jr., Gerard Tom9 February 1994 - 31 August 1995
    15CAPT. Zaperach, Ronald W. 31 August 1995 - 28 March 1997
    16CAPT. Curtis, Stephen Patrick28 March 1997 - 18 September 1998
    17CDR. Murdoch, James Alan :RADM18 September 1998 - 4 April 2000
    18CDR. Goulding, Brian Anthony4 April 2000 - 7 March 2002
    19CDR. Irelan, Robert Patrick7 March 2002 - 5 September 2003
    20CDR. Holland, Steven Wayne5 September 2003 - 21 April 2005
    21CDR. Norton, Samuel Reginald Murr21 April 2005 - 17 January 2007
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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