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USS Pensacola (LSD-38)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Zulu - India
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation (2) - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Second Row - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2) - Navy Expeditionary Medal (1-Lebanon, 1-Iran/Indian Ocean) - National Defense Service Medal (3)
Third Row - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Armed Forces Service Medal (8) Humanitarian Service Medal
Fourth Row - NATO Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

USS Pensacola was transferred to the Republic of China and renamed ROCS Hsu-Hai (LSD-193)
Anchorage Class Dock Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 12 March 1969, at General Dynamics Corp., Quincy, MA.
  • Launched, 11 July 1970
  • Commissioned USS Pensacola (LSD-38), 27 March 1971
  • Decommissioned, 30 September 1999 (Ceremonial Date, 22 September 1999)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 30 September 1999
  • Final Disposition, disposed of through the Security Assistance Program (SAP), sold/transferred to the Republic of China, 30 September 1999
  • Commissioned into the Republic of China Navy as ROCS Hsu-Hai (LSD-193) in June 2000
  • Current Disposition, active in the Republic of China Navy
    Displacement 8,325 t.(lt), 14,095 t.(fl)
    Length 553'
    Beam 84'
    Draft 19'
    Speed 20+kts.
    24 Officers
    300 Enlisted
    Troop Capacity 320
    Boats (Well Deck Capacity) 3 LCACs or 2 LCUs
    four twin 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts (removed in 1980)
    two Phalanx CIWS gun mounts
    two 25mm Bushmaster chain guns
    two 600psi boilers
    two De Laval Steam Turbines
    two propellers 24,000shp

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    USS Pensacola (LSD-38)
    Pensacola 113k While Pensacola (LSD-38) undergoes final fitting out at the Quincy Ship Building Division of General Dynamics, at Quincy, MA., her anchors and color-coded chain sit on the pier ready for loading into the anchor chain lockers. The ship uses almost 2,000 feet of chain for two anchors, background, which weight 22,500 lbs. each. The chain weights 20 lbs. per link. AP Wirephoto. Tommy Trampp
    Pensacola 128k Pensacola (LSD-38) running builders trials near Quincy, MA., 25 February 1971. Note the large opening aft of the superdeck, allowing the ship's cranes access to her well deck.
    US Navy photo and text from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    Pensacola 148k USS Pensacola (LSD-38) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Tommy Trampp
    Pensacola 334k USS Pensacola (LSD-38) at anchor in the harbor at Genoa, Italy, 14 June 1977. Photos by Carlo Martinelli
    Pensacola 387k
    Pensacola 60k USS Pensacola (LSD-38) riding at anchor at Barcelona, Spain, 24 September 1979. Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Pensacola 65k USS Pensacola (LSD-38) anchored at Barcelona, Spain, 24 September 1979. Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Pensacola 20k USS Pensacola (LSD-38) underway, date and location unknown.
    A HiRes version of this photo available from ©Atlantic Fleet Sales
    Robert M. Cieri
    Pensacola 20k USS Pensacola (LSD-38) underway in Hampton Roads, VA., date unknown
    Pensacola 43k USS Pensacola (LSD-38) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Peter Wilson
    Pensacola 114k LCAC-1 and USS Pensacola (LSD-38) during initial underway mating trials in the Gulf of Mexico in February 1985. Note the guide plates on the sides of the ship's well deck. The LCAC is carrying an LVTP-7 amphibian.
    Textron Marine Systems Division of Textron, from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    Pensacola 163k
    Pensacola 157k LCAC-1 enters the well deck of USS Pensacola (LSD-38) during the first underway mating of an LCAC and an LSD. The LCAC carries an M60 MBT, an M151 jeep and an LAV-25 light armored vehicle.
    US Navy photo from "Modern Military Hovercraft" published by Purnells.
    Robert Hurst
    Pensacola 62k USS Pensacola (LSD-38) underway in the Pacific Ocean, August 1988.
    Defense Visual Information Center photo # DN-ST-89-01312, a US Navy photo now in the Collections of the Defense Visual Information Center
    Bill Gonyo
    Pensacola 1075k USS Pensacola (LSD-38) underway with USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) battle group, 12 August 1988. The ship, which is part of Task Group 24.4, is in an 18-ship formation that is transiting the North Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea.
    Defense Imagery photo # DN-ST-89-01281, a US Navy photo, by PH2 Lipski, now in the collections of Defense Imagery.
    Robert Hurst
    Campti 57k The large harbor tug Campti (YTB 816) prepares to maneuver USS Pensacola (LSD-38) out of her berth at Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, VA., as she departs for the Persian Gulf in response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, 23 August 1990.
    DVIC photo # DNST9011247 by PH2 Stephen Batiz USN.
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Pensacola 56k USS Pensacola (LSD-38) riding at anchor off Corfu Greece, March 1997 Esterhazy
    Pensacola 65k USS Pensacola (LSD-38) with her stern flooded down and stern gate open to allow a Lifting Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) assault craft to enter her well deck, date unknown, location is probably some place off Little Creek Amphibious Base, VA. Robert Hall
    Pensacola 106k USS Pensacola (LSD-38) underway, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    ROCS Hsu-Hai (LSD-193)
    Pensacola 107k Ex-USS Pensacola (LSD-38) in Republic of China service as ROCS Hsu-Hai (LSD-193) underway, location unknown, 7 September 2004. Yu-Lun Miao

    For more photos and information about USS Pensacola, see:
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • Commanding Officers

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

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