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|USS Ponce (LPD-15)
|371k||Launching of Ponce (LPD-15), 20 May 1970, at Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction, Seattle WA.||Dale Hargrave|
|174k||USS Ponce (LPD-15) exiting Chesapeake Bay in 1971 after having completing her shakedown cruise from Bremerton, WA. Note Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel and Fort Monroe to starboard This is Ponce in her original configuration with four gun mounts all twin 3"/50. The forward two mounts (Mounts 31 & 32) are enclosed.||Jim Williams, USS Ponce 1973-75|
|137k||USS Ponce (LPD-15) off San Juan Puerto Rico, circa 1973. As built configuration with four 3"/50 twin gun mounts.||Jim Williams, USS Ponce 1973-75|
|603k||USS Ponce (LPD-15) Med-moored at Genoa, Italy, 1 November 1976.||Photo by Carlo Martinelli|
|111k||USS Ponce (LPD-15) at Moorehead City, N.C., February 1977||© Richard Leonhardt|
|50k||USS Ponce (LPD-15) underway, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo
|274k||The ships of MARG 1-86 looking aft from USS Ponce (LPD-15). Ships in the group are from left to right are USS Manitowoc (LST-1180), USS El Paso (LKA-117), in the far distance, and USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7).||Scott Baker, former PAO and Weapons Officer (Aug 1985 - July 1987) USS Ponce|
|239k||USS Ponce (LPD-15) with two Marine Corps. H53 Sea Stallion helicopters on her flight deck in the winter of 1986 during a Mediterranean deployment.||Scott Baker, former PAO and Weapons Officer (Aug 1985 - July 1987) USS Ponce|
|260k||USS Ponce (LPD-15) flight deck operations during the ships' 1986 Mediterranean deployment.||Scott Baker, former PAO and Weapons Officer (Aug 1985 - July 1987) USS Ponce|
|214k||USS Ponce (LPD-15) during an underway replenishment in the Mediterranean in 1986.||Scott Baker, former PAO and Weapons Officer (Aug 1985 - July 1987) USS Ponce|
|160k||USS Ponce (LPD-15) moored in the harbor at Naples Italy. Ponce made a routine port visit to Naples from 11 to 19 February 1986.||Scott Baker, former PAO and Weapons Officer (Aug 1985 - July 1987) USS Ponce|
|227k||USS Ponce (LPD-15) anchored at Cap Serrat, Tunisia while conducting amphibious exercises, 22 to 28 February 1986.||Scott Baker, former PAO and Weapons Officer (Aug 1985 - July 1987) USS Ponce|
|295k||USS Ponce (LPD-15) underway in the Grand Canal at Venice, Italy, 27 March 1986. Ponce made a routine port visit to Venice from 27 March to 2 April. 1986.||Scott Baker, former PAO and Weapons Officer (Aug 1985 - July 1987) USS Ponce|
|260k||USS Ponce (LPD-15) moored at Venice, circa 27 March to 2 April. 1986.||Scott Baker, former PAO and Weapons Officer (Aug 1985 - July 1987) USS Ponce|
|182k||View of USS Ponce (LPD-15)'s stern gate while drydocked, at Portsmouth, VA. circa April to August 1987.||Scott Baker, former PAO and Weapons Officer (Aug 1985 - July 1987) USS Ponce|
|315k||USS Ponce (LPD-15) flight deck, circa Aug 1985 - July 1987.||Scott Baker, former PAO and Weapons Officer (Aug 1985 - July 1987) USS Ponce|
|43k||One of USS Ponce (LPD-15)'s twin 3"/50 gun mounts||Scott Baker, former PAO and Weapons Officer (Aug 1985 - July 1987) USS Ponce|
|76k||USS Ponce (LPD-15) well deck operations||Scott Baker, former PAO and Weapons Officer (Aug 1985 - July 1987) USS Ponce|
|284k||An LCM entering the well deck of USS Ponce (LPD-15).||Scott Baker, former PAO and Weapons Officer (Aug 1985 - July 1987) USS Ponce|
|361k||USS Ponce (LPD-15) stern gate closing.||Scott Baker, former PAO and Weapons Officer (Aug 1985 - July 1987) USS Ponce|
|285k||Starboard broadside view of USS Ponce (LPD-15) at anchor, date and location unknown.||Scott Baker, former PAO and Weapons Officer (Aug 1985 - July 1987) USS Ponce|
|32k||USS Ponce (LPD-15) heading up the Elizabeth River for a four month maintenance availability at Metro Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA. with at least three tugs assisting; the one in the foreground is Nancy McAllister, 24 January 1989||Photo by H. Carl Nancken|
|59k||USS Ponce (LPD-15) at Barcelona, Spain, 12 April 1990. In this photo Ponce's armament has been updated to include two Phalanx close-in-weapons-systems (CIWS). The Phalanx systems replaced the forward port and the after starboard 3"/50 gun mounts; the starboard CIWS mount has been relocated forward, nearer the bridge.||Photo by Fabio Peņa|
|52k||USS Ponce (LPD-15) at Barcelona, Spain, 12 April 1990. This photo again shows the updated armament configuration as noted above.||Photo by Fabio Peņa|
|877k||USS Ponce (LPD-15) underway, date and location unknown.||Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr|
|65k||USS Ponce (LPD-15) in Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta, July 2001.||Robert Hurst|
|111k||USS Saipan (LHA 2) left, and USS Ponce (LPD15) flank the underway replenishment oiler USNS Patuxent (T-AO-201) during a
simultaneous underway replenishment (UNREP), 21 September 2002.
US Navy photo # 020921-N-6920A-001 by PHAN Latrice N. Ames
|74k||USS Ponce (LPD-15), USNS Spica (T-AFS-9) and USS Saipan (LHA-2) prepare to conduct a simultaneous Refueling at Sea (RAS), 31 January 2003. Ponce is part of Amphibious Task Force East (AFT-E), underway on an unscheduled deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
US Navy photo # 030131-N-2972R-056 by PH3 Angel Roman-Otero.
|Bernard A. Cardali USS LST-308|
|2760k||USS Ponce (LPD-15) and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD-48) receive stores during a connected replenishment with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) combat stores ship USNS Spica (T-AFS-9). Ponce, Ashland and Spica are deployed with the Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group and are currently conducting Maritime Security Operations in the Persian Gulf.
US Navy photo # 050505-N-2382W-010 Persian Gulf (May 5, 2005) by PHAN Finley Williams
|579k||USS Ponce (LPD-15) pulls alongside Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Laramie (T-AO 203) to begin an underway replenishment, 20 June 2007. Ponce is underway in preparation for an upcoming deployment.
US Navy photo # 070620-N-4014G-037 ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 20, 2007) by MC3 Patrick Gearhiser.
|284k||Amphibious ships of the USS Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group
USS Kearsarge (LHD-3),
USS Ponce (LPD-15),
USS Ashland (LSD-48)
and Landing Craft, Air Cushions (LCAC), assigned to Assault Craft Unit Four
(ACU-4), conduct steering maneuvers while underway in the Atlantic Ocean. Kearsarge and embarked ACU-4 are returning to their
homeport of Naval Station Norfolk, Va., after a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
US Navy photo # 050917-N-2382W-255 Atlantic Ocean (Sept 17, 2005) by PHAN Finley Williams.
|4303k||An MH-60S Seahawk, from Helicopter Combat Sea Squadron (HSC-22) "Sea Knights", approaches the flight deck of USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) during a troop transport with USS Ponce (LPD-15). Kearsarge is deployed in support of maritime security operations (MSO).
US Navy photo # 071101-N-7955L-007 INDIAN OCEAN (Nov. 1, 2007) by MCSN Christopher Lange.
|Robert M. Cieri|
|1922k||USS Ponce (LPD-15) moored pierside at Norfolk, VA., 27 April 2008||Photo by Larry Backus|
|1308k||USS Ponce (LPD-15) moored pierside at Norfolk, VA., 27 April 2008||Photo by Larry Backus|
|432k||USS Ponce (LPD-15) pulls away from the pier at Naval Station Norfolk, 14 September 2008. Ponce will be demonstrating operational readiness off the Virginia coast and available to provide disaster response if called upon.
US Navy photo # 080914-N-1713L-047 NORFOLK, Va. (Sept. 14, 2008) by MC1 Lolita Lewis.
|Robert M. Cieri|
|1870k||USS Ponce (LPD-15) departs from Naval Station Norfolk as part of the Bataan Ready Group on a regularly scheduled deployment to the Fifth and Sixth Fleet areas of operation. The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group is comprised of the USS Bataan (LHD-5, Ponce and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43).
US Navy photo # 090513-N-9985W-095 NORFOLK (May 13, 2009) by MC3 Tyler J. Wilson.
|1217k||USS Ponce (LPD-15) steams through the Red Sea after completing replenishment at sea with the military sealift command dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE 1), 27 June 2009. Ponce is deployed with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) in support of Maritime Security Operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.
US Navy photo # 090627-N-5345W-031 RED SEA (June 27, 2009) by MC2 Kristopher Wilson.
|1063k||The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196) conducts a replenishment at sea with USS Ponce (LPD-15) and the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group is conducting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
US Navy photo # 091008-N-9740S-014 U.S. 5th FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Oct. 8, 2009) by MCC Tony Sisti.
|2550k||USS Ponce (LPD-15) heads to sea after a port visit to the Seychelles. Ponce is part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
US Navy photo # 101111-N-7293M-470 VICTORIA, Seychelles (Nov. 11, 2010) by MC1 Nathanael Miller.
|1017k||An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC-22) flies above USS Ponce (LPD-15). Ponce is part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
US Navy photo # 110310-N-3154P-087: MEDITERRANEAN SEA (March 10, 2011) by MC3 Scott Pittman.
|903k||Sailors and Marines man the rails as USS Ponce (LPD-15) returns to Naval Station Norfolk after completing an extended deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. Ponce is part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and deployed with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU).
US Navy photo # 110516-N-VK779-150 NORFOLK (May 16, 2011) by MC3 Brian Goodwin.
|2161k||USS Ponce (LPD-15) moored at Pier 2, Naval Station Norfolk, VA., after her final week at sea. After 40 years of service Ponce's crew is beginning the process that will result in the ship's decommissioning in 2012.
US Navy photo # 111202-N-YX169-413 NORFOLK (Dec. 2, 2011) by MC1 Nathanael Miller.
|USS Ponce (AFSB(I)-15)
|244k||Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (AFSB(I)-15) departs Naval Station Norfolk. Ponce will fulfill a long-standing requirement from U.S. Central Command for an AFSB.
US Navy photo # 120601-N-YF783-040 NORFOLK (June 1, 2012) by MC3 Kayla Jo Finley.
|1347k||Tug boats assist the Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (AFSB(I)-15) as she arrives in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Ponce is deployed to support maritime security operations and mine countermeasure efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
US Navy photo # 120706-N-UM570-051 MINA SALMAN PORT, Bahrain (July 6, 2012) by MC2 Ashante Hammons.
|314k||USS Ponce (AFSB(I)15), bottom, transits the Arabian Gulf with the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD-17). San Antonio is deployed as part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU) is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
US Navy photo # 130426-N-GZ984-198 ARABIAN GULF (April 26, 2013) by MC2 Terah L. Mollise.
|340k||USS Ponce (AFSB(I)15) transits the Arabian Gulf. Formerly designated as an amphibious transport dock ship (LPD), Ponce was recently converted and reclassified to fulfill a longstanding U.S. Central Command request for an Afloat Forward Staging Base to be forward deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
US Navy photo # 130426-N-GZ984-233 ARABIAN GULF (April 26, 2013) by MC2 Terah L. Mollise.
|130k||USS Ponce (AFSB(I)15) and the Royal Navy Fleet Auxiliary amphibious assault vessel
RFA Cardigan Bay (L3009)
lead a formation of ships in the Persian Gulf 21 May 2013, during International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) 2013. IMCMEX is an international symposium and exercise designed to enhance cooperation, mutual maritime capabilities and long-term regional stability between the U.S. and its international partners.
US Navy photo # 130521-N-OA702-327 PERSIAN GULF (May 21, 2019) by MC1 Michael Sandberg
|170k||USS Ponce (AFSB(I)15) is boarded by Sailors and Marines from the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) during an enhanced vessel board, search and seizure drill.
US Navy photo # 140428-N-BD629-280 ARABIAN GULF (April 28, 2014) by MC2 Shannon M. Smith.
|222k||USNS Ponce (AFSB(I)-15) conducts an operational demonstration of the Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored Laser Weapon
System (LaWS) while deployed to the Arabian Gulf, 17 November 2014.
US Navy photo by John F. Williams.
|89k||MANAMA, Bahrain (Nov. 26, 2014) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) ADM. Jonathan Greenert gets a firsthand look at the directed energy Laser Weapon System (LaWS) aboard USS Ponce (AFSB(I)-15) before an all-hands call with Sailors and Military Sealift Command crew members aboard Ponce. Greenert is in Bahrain for a series of international and fleet engagement activities.
US Navy photo by MCC Peter D. Lawlor.
|209k||USS Ponce (AFSB(I)-15) prepares to conduct well deck operations during U.S.-U.K. Mine Countermeasures Exercise (MCMEX).
U.S.-U.K. MCMEX is designed to improve interoperability and evolve the expeditionary mine countermeasures company concept of employment from an afloat forward staging
base and afloat platforms of opportunity.
US Navy photo # 151118-N-BJ294-011 ARABIAN GULF (Nov. 18, 2015), by MC2 Wyatt Huggett.
|54k||Last of the Proud Lions. USS Ponce (AFSB(I)-15) crew photo, last day in commission, 13 October 2017. Pier Two Naval Station Norfolk, VA. Norfolk Marine Terminial in the background.|
|256k||Senior Chief Operations Specialist Marshall Lloyd, left presents the USS Ponce (AFSB(I)-15) commissioning pennant to her last commanding Officer CAPT. Christopher K. Wells USN, during the ship's decommissioning ceremony, 14 October 2017 at Naval Station Norfolk.||Photo by Dale Hargrave|
|32k||Ponce (AFSB(I)-15) moves up the Schuylkill River on Monday, 23 October 2017 as she approaches Philadelphia for lay up in at the Philadelphia Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility.||Brian Maniglia|
|188k||Ponce (AFSB(I)-15) entering the reserve basin at Philadelphia Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, 23 October 2017 .||Joseph J. LaPenna Jr.|
|209k||Ponce (AFSB(I)-15) moored pierside at Navy INACTIVESHIPS On-Site Maintenance Facility Philadelphia, 6 November 2017, to begin inactivation. Note ex-USNS Hayes (T-AG-195) and ex-USS Nashville (LPD-13) moored astern of Ponce.||Joseph J. LaPenna Jr.|
|01||CAPT. Farris. George Winter, USN||10 July 1971 - 9 May 1973||LPD-15|
|02||CAPT. Warwick, William Bertram, USN :RADM||9 May 1973 - 16 May 1974||LPD-15|
|03||CAPT. Glunt Jr., David Latta, USN (USNA 1954)||16 May 1974 - 11 July 1975||LPD-15|
|04||CAPT. Mulloy, Paul Joseph, USN (USNA 1952) :RADM||11 July 1975 - 16 September 1976||LPD-15|
|05||CAPT. Allingham, James Robert, USN||16 September 1976 - 12 January 1978||LPD-15|
|06||CAPT. Murphy, Richard Glenn, USN (USNA 1954)||12 January 1978 - 17 May 1979||LPD-15|
|07||CAPT. Felkins, Charles Gerritt, USN||17 May 1979 - 18 April 1981||LPD-15|
|08||CAPT. March, Daniel Peter, USN (USNA 1961) :RADM||18 April 1981 - 3 December 1982||LPD-15|
|09||CAPT. Zimmer, Emory Partl, USN (USNA 1957)||3 December 1982 - 8 January 1985||LPD-15|
|10||CAPT. Lucas, Robert Peter, USN||8 January 1985 - 31 January 1986||LPD-15|
|11||CAPT. Borchers II, Doyle John, USN (USNA 1965)||31 January 1986 - 25 March 1988||LPD-15|
|12||CAPT. Moser, Alan Brown, USN||25 March 1988 - 6 January 1990||LPD-15|
|13||CAPT. Bryant, Stanley Walter, USN (USNA 1969) :RADM||6 January 1990 - 29 July 1991||LPD-15|
|14||CAPT. Vion, Charles Paul, USN||29 July 1991 - 5 March 1993||LPD-15|
|15||CAPT. Sherrange, Daniel Thomas, USN||5 March 1993 - 14 February 1995||LPD-15|
|16||CAPT. Mahoney, Leon Francis, USN||14 February 1995 - 5 December 1996||LPD-15|
|17||CDR. Scardina Jr., William Vito, USN||5 December 1996 - 5 June 1998||LPD-15|
|18||CAPT. Chace, Christopher Bruce, USN||5 June 1998 - 14 January 2000||LPD-15|
|19||CDR. Murphy, Mark Joseph, USN||14 January 2000 - 13 October 2000||LPD-15|
|20||CDR. Chassee, Thomas James, USN||13 October 2000 - 14 June 2002||LPD-15|
|21||CDR. Pachuta, Anthony Joseph, USN||14 June 2002 - 6 February 2004||LPD-15|
|22||CDR. Jacob, William H., USN||6 February 2004 - 14 October 2005||LPD-15|
|23||CDR. Brown, William Andrew (Wes), USN||14 October 2005 - 13 April 2007||LPD-15|
|24||CDR. Frey, Richard Anthony, USN||13 April 2007 - 7 November 2008||LPD-15|
|25||CDR. Crone, Timothy Alan, USN||7 November 2008 - 24 October 2010||LPD-15|
|26||CDR. Jones, Etta Christine (CJ), USN||24 October 2010 - 23 April 2011 (relieved for cause)||LPD-15|
|27||CAPT. Skillman, John Bradley (Brad), USN (USNA 1986) :RADM||23 April 2011 - 31 May 2011||LPD-15|
|28||CDR. Hayes, Stephen Cole, USN||31 May 2011 - 30 March 2012||LPD-15||29||CAPT. Rodgers Jr., Jon P. (JR), USN||16 April 2012 - 5 December 2013||AFSB (I)-15|
|31||CAPT. Maxey, Dale Wayne, USN||5 December 2013 - 23 November 2014||AFSB (I)-15|
|32||CAPT. Klaszky, Robert Anthony, USN||23 November 2014 - 24 November 2015||AFSB (I)-15|
|33||CAPT. Reilley, John Kenneth (Ken), USN (USNA 1993)||24 November 2015 - 12 November 2016||AFSB (I)-15|
|34||CAPT. Wells, Christopher Kevin, USN (USNA 1996)||12 November 2016 -||AFSB (I)-15|
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