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USS Fort Fisher (LSD-40)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Tango - Foxtrot
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Joint Meritorious Unit Award (2) - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (5) - National Defense Service Medal
Bottom Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Iraq Desert Thunder Op.) - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Humanitarian Service Medal (1-Entewatok Cleanup)

Anchorage Class Dock Landing Ship:
  • Launched, 22 April 1972, at General Dynamics Corp., Quincy, MA.
  • Commissioned USS Fort Fisher (LSD-40), 9 December1972
  • Decommissioned. 27 February 1998
  • Struck from the Naval Register. 27 February 1998
  • Transferred, 28 February 1998, to MARAD, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Final Disposition, scrapping contract awarded, 22 May 2009, to International Shipbreaking, Ltd, Brownsville TX.
    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 gun mounts (removed 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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    Fort Fisher 124k USS Fort Fisher (LSD-40) under way in San Diego Bay as she charts a course out to sea, date unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Fort Fisher 49k USS Fort Fisher (LSD-40) under way, date and location unknown. .
    Fort Fisher 39k USS Fort Fisher (LSD-40) under way in San Francisco Bay, date unknown. .
    Fort Fisher 74k USS Fort Fisher (LSD-40) under way, date and location unknown. M. J. "Doc" Sanchez HM2 (FMF) USN Ret.
    Fort Fisher 91k US Fort Fisher (LSD-40) at Kin Blue Beach, Okinawa, 1 April 1974, as Golf Company, 2nd Battalion 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division [FMF] was disembarking from the ship via LCU. All photos in this series of 4 were taken from the LCU. (Photo 1 of 4) Photo by M. J. "Doc" Sanchez HM2 (FMF) USN Ret.
    Fort Fisher 74k
    Fort Fisher 94k
    Fort Fisher 77k
    Fort Fisher 50k USS Fort Fisher (LSD-40) under way, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Fort Fisher 86k USS Fort Fisher (LSD-40) at anchor in Numazu Bay, Japan, circa 1978. Note Mt. Fuji in the background. Photo by Pat Burke ETN3 USS Fort Fisher 9/75-6/78.
    Boxer 74k Boxer Amphibious Ready Group under way in 1997. From left to right USS Fort Fisher )LSD-40), USS Boxer (LHD-4) and USS Ogden (LPD-5). Robert M. Cieri

    For more photos and information about USS Fort Fisher (LSD-40), see;
  • US Navy Fact File - Dock Landing Ship -LSD
  • Commanding Officers

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

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