Fleet’s oldest deployable warship nears retirement | Navy Times | navytimes.com

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.

via Fleet’s oldest deployable warship nears retirement | Navy Times | navytimes.com.

I’ll bet keeping the old girl going was pretty tough in the last few years. Kudos to the crew of USS Denver.



6 responses to “Fleet’s oldest deployable warship nears retirement | Navy Times | navytimes.com

  1. ultimaratioregis

    That’s the last of ’em. Every other ship I was ever at sea on has been retired, or sunk, or cut up long ago. USS Miller (FF-1091), USS Haddo (SSN-604), USS Cleveland (LPD-7), USS Dubuque (LPD-8), USS Lamoure County (LST-1194), USS Spiegel Grove (LSD-32), USS Austin (LPD-4), and now USS Denver (LPD-8). *sigh*


    • Small world. I took a tour of Miller at Newport, RI back in 84.


    • NaCly Dog

      URR, The USS Denver is LPD-9.

      2 steam turbines, 24,000 shaft horsepower — it’s really the end of an era. I can’t think of any non-nukes with boilers. 24,000 shaft horsepower

      URR, I still got one of my old ships running around. The changes to me are no BTs or SMs. BTs were merged with MMs in 1996, after I got out. SMs were merged with QMs in 2003.


    • LHD-1 through LHD-7 are conventional boiler fired steam turbine designs. Starting with LHD-8 Makin Island, they’ve gone to a hybrid GT/Electric plant.

      But your point that the days of steam are nearly over is quite true.


    • ultimaratioregis

      Yeah, sorry. LPD-9. Fat fingers. Do-puke is LPD-8.

      Brad, you missed me on Miller by a year. I was on June-Aug 83. She was the ship on which a Lt was murdered a couple years later. Stabbed to death in the passageway to Officers’ Country.