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USS Anchorage (LSD-36)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons






Secretary of the Navy Letter of Commendation
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row - Joint Meritorious Unit Award - Navy Unit Commendation (2) -Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Third Row - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (7) - Navy Expeditionary Medal (1-Iran/Indian Ocean) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Fourth Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (5) - Vietnam Service Medal (6) - Southwest Asia Service Medal
Fifth Row - Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal - Humanitarian Service Medal (1-Frequent Wind) - Philippine Presidential Unit Citation
Fifth Row - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


Anchorage Class Dock Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 13 March 1967, at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, MS.
  • Launched, 5 May 1968
  • Commissioned USS Anchorage (LSD-36), at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA. 15 March 1969
  • During The Vietnam War USS Anchorage (LSD-36) participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    18 to 21 February 1970
    Consolidation I
    25 to 26 October 1971
    14 to 16 November 1971
    19 to 21 November 1971
    Sanctuary Counteroffensive
    7 to 18 June 1970
    26 to 28 June 1970
    Consolidation II
    12 to 18 December 1971
    28 January to 1 February 1972
    7 to 9 February 1972
    15 to 17 February 1972
    21 March 1972
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    23 to 27 July 1970
    9 to 12 August 1970
    12 to 15 and 25 to 29 September 1970
    1 to 3 October and 5 to 7 October 1970
    5 to 6 November 1970
    11 to 12 April 1971
    22 to 24 April 1971
    Vietnam Ceasefire
    1 April to 7 May 1972
    19 May to 11 June 1972
    24 to 26 June 1972
    29 June to 1 July 1972

  • Decommissioned, 1 October 2003 at Naval Base San Diego, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 March 2004
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) for disposal
  • Planned transfer to Taiwan in FY 2005 to replace ROCS Chung Cheng ex-USS Comstock (LSD 19), canceled
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a target, circa 17 July 2010, 70 miles off Kauai, HI. by aircraft from VP-4 and VP-40
  • USS Anchorage earned six campaign stars for Vietnam service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 8,325 t.(lt), 14,095 t.(fl)
    Length 553'
    Beam 84'
    Draft 19'
    Speed 20+kts.
    Complement
    24 Officers
    300 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations 320
    Boats (Well Deck Capacity) 3 LCACs or 2 LCUs
    Armament
    four twin 3"/50 gun mounts (removed 1980)
    two Phalanx CIWS gun mounts
    two 25mm Bushmaster chain guns
    Propulsion
    two 600psi boilers
    two De Laval Steam Turbines
    two propellers, 24,000shp
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    Anchorage 97k Anchorage (LSD-36) launching, Sunday 5 May 1968, at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, MS.
    AP Wirephoto
    Tommy Trampp
    Anchorage 57k Anchorage (LSD-36) underway, 27 January 1969, near Pascagoula, MS., probably during builders trials
    US Navy photo # USN 1139429
    Robert Hurst
    Mispillion 159k USS Anchorage (LSD-36) conducting an underway replenishment with USS Mispillion (AO-105), circa 1973 Derick Hartshorn, courtesy Del Loewe
    Mispillion 159k USS Anchorage (LSD-36) conducting an underway replenishment with USS Mispillion (AO-105) with USS White Plains (AFS-4) in the distance, circa 1973. Derick Hartshorn, courtesy Del Loewe
    Anchorage 61k USS Anchorage (LSD 36) during an UNREP, circa 1985, location unknown. Photo by Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Anchorage 70k USS Anchorage (LSD 36) at San Diego, date unknown. Photo by Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Anchorage 88k USS Anchorage (LSD 36) off Darwin, Australia.
    US Navy photo # 000907-N-8743M-018 by PH1 David Miller, 7 September 2000.
    Navy Newsstand
    Anchorage 58k USS Anchorage (LSD 36) underway, date and location unknown. Jerry Hays
    Anchorage 51k USS Anchorage (LSD 36) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy Photo
    USS Anchorage web site
    Anchorage 103k USS Anchorage (LSD 36) underway, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Anchorage 91k USS Anchorage (LSD 36) departs San Diego Bay heading for sea.
    US Navy photo # 030117-N-2069B-003 by PH3 Gregory Badger, 17 January 2003.
    Bernard A. Cardali USS LST-306
    Anchorage 74k USS Anchorage (LSD 36) departs San Diego Bay heading for sea.
    US Navy photo # 030117-N-2069B-002 by PH3 Gregory Badger, 17 January 2003.
    Bernard A. Cardali USS LST-306
    Anchorage 70k USS Anchorage (LSD 36) departs San Diego Bay heading for sea.
    US Navy photo # 030117-N-2069B-001 by PH3 Gregory Badger, 17 January 2003.
    Bernard A. Cardali USS LST-306
    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
    Anchorage 2147k The decommissioned Ex-USS Anchorage (LSD 36) is towed to sea, 15 July 2010, by USNS Navajo (T-ATF-169) for a (RIMPAC) 2010 sinking exercise. Ex-USS Anchorage was sunk by Maverick missiles fired by aircraft from VP-4 and VP-40. RIMPAC is a biennial, multinational exercise designed to strengthen regional partnerships and improve multinational interoperability
    US Navy photo # 100715-N-8539M-468 PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (July 15, 2010) by MC2 N. Brett Morton.
     


    For more photos and information about USS Anchorage, see:
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • Welcome Aboard Pamphlet
  • Commanding Officers

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

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