The fleet’s oldest deployable warship is nearing its goodbye.
The amphibious transport dock Denver returned from its final patrol in April and is set for an Aug. 14 retirement at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii after an astounding 46 years — a lifespan akin to a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.
Denver entered the fleet in 1968. It has served nine presidents and in conflicts from Vietnam to Iraq. In April 1975, the ship’s crew aided in the evacuation of Saigon.
I’ll bet keeping the old girl going was pretty tough in the last few years. Kudos to the crew of USS Denver.