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U.S.S. PONCE

(LPD-15)

The Proud Lion

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The USS PONCE (LPD-15), an Austin class amphibious transport dock, was commissioned on 10 JUL 1971. Built by Lockheed Shipbuilding in Seattle, Washington, USS PONCE has spent her entire career operating from her homeport of Norfolk, Virginia. PONCE has deployed numerous times to the Caribbean, North Atlantic, and Mediterranean. PONCE is no stranger to transiting the Suez Canal and extending a "MED" into the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf. USS PONCE, true to her motto. "The Proud Lion, stands ready to answer the call as evidenced by her shift from the Indian Ocean to the Gulf of Sidra during the Libyan Rebellion of 2011.

The USS PONCE (LPD-15) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

LPD-15 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
OCT 1966 Keel Date: 31 OCT 1966
at Lockheed Shipbuilding
MAY 1970 Launch Date: 20 MAY 1970
JUL 1971 Commissioned: 10 JUL 1971
JUL 1971 - Shellback Initiation - 10 JUL 1971 - Pacific Ocean
MAY 1972 - JUL 1972 Caribbean
FEB 1973 - AUG 1973 Mediterranean
SEP 1973 - OCT 1973 Caribbean
JAN 1974 - JUL 1974 Mediterranean
APR 1974 - APR 1974 COLLISION with USS Mississnewa AO-144
JUN 1974 - AUG 1974 North Atlantic
JAN 1975 - JAN 1975 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1975 - JAN 1977 Mediterranean-Lebanon
MAR 1975 - JUN 1975 North Atlantic
OCT 1975 - DEC 1975 North Atlantic
JUN 1976 - NOV 1976 Mediterranean-Lebanon
JAN 1977 - JAN 1977 Caribbean
MAY 1977 - JUN 1977 Caribbean
JUL 1977 - JAN 1978 DRY DOCK Sun Shipbuilding Co. Chester PA
JUL 1977 - DEC 1977 Mediterranean
AUG 1978 - FEB 1979 Mediterranean-Lebanon
JUN 1979 - NOV 1979 Mediterranean
AUG 1980 - NOV 1980 North Atlantic
MAY 1981 - NOV 1981 Mediterranean
FEB 1982 - MAR 1982 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
FEB 1982 - MAR 1982 North Atlantic
MAR 1982 - OCT 1982 Dry Dock
FEB 1984 - AUG 1984 Mediterranean-Lebanon
FEB 1984 - SEP 1984 Mediterranean-Lebanon
JAN 1986 - AUG 1986 North Atlantic
MAR 1990 - SEP 1990 Mediterranean
JUN 1991 - DEC 1991 Mediterranean
MAR 1993 - SEP 1993 Mediterranean
MAR 1994 - Shellback Initiation - 20 MAR 1994 - Atlantic Ocean
DEC 1997 - MAR 1999 Mediterranean
JAN 2001 - JUN 2001 Mediterranean
JAN 2003 - MAY 2003 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAR 2005 - SEP 2005 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
NOV 2005 - OCT 2006 Regular Overhaul
JUL 2007 - JAN 2008 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAY 2009 - DEC 2009 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
AUG 2010 - MAY 2011 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
NOV 2010 - Shellback Initiation - 27 NOV 2010 - Indian Ocean
MAR 2011 - MAR 2011 Med - IO - Gulf of Sidra Libya

LPD-15 General Specifications

Class: Austin class amphibious transport dock

Named for: Spanish Explorer Juan Ponce de Leon

Complement: 29 Officers and 487 Enlisted

Displacement: 8883 tons

Length: 567 feet

Beam: 100 feet

Flank Speed: 20 knots



USS PONCE (LPD-15)



Ponce was laid down 31 October 1966 by the Lockheed Ship Building Co., Seattle, Wash.; launched 20 May 1970 sponsored by Mrs. John J. Hyland and scheduled to commission in July 1971.

[Note: The above USS PONCE (LPD-15) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS PONCE (LPD-15) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]