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U.S.S. OGDEN

(LPD-5)

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The USS OGDEN (LPD-5), an Austin class amphibious transport dock, was commissioned on 19 JUN 1965. Built at New York Naval Shipyard (NYNSY) in Brooklyn, NY, OGDEN, after fit out and shake down training, sailed for her homeport and career of carrying US Marines were needed. The immediate need was in Vietnam and OGDEN deployed twice in the late 1960s to Vietnamese waters. In 1973 she spent a six month deployment assisting in the clearing of Haiphong Harbor of sea mines. With the end of the war in Vietnam, the OGDEN settled into the cycle of a West Coast "Gator", deployments to the Western Pacific and other adjacent destinations, and maintenance and training "state side". As a standing US Naval presence was established in the Persian Gulf in the 1980s, OGDEN's deployments extended into the Indian Ocean. USS OGDEN served her country for 41 years, 8 months and 2 days, until decommissioned on 21 FEB 2007. OGDEM is laid up at the Navy Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility - Pearl Harbor, HI, awaiting final disposition.

The USS OGDEN (LPD-5) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

LPD-5 Deployments - Major Events

Add a LPD-5 Shellback Initiation Add a LPD-5 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
FEB 1963 Keel Date: 4 FEB 1963
JAN 1964 - AUG 1964 Mediterranean
JUN 1964 Launch Date: 27 JUN 1964
JUN 1965 Commissioned: 19 JUN 1965
JAN 1966 - JAN 1966 West Pac
FEB 1966 - JUL 1966 West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB 1966 - Shellback Initiation - 26 FEB 1966 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1967 - JAN 1971 West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB 1967 - SEP 1967 West Pac
JAN 1968 - APR 1969 West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG 1968 - MAR 1969 West Pac-Viet Nam
OCT 1969 - JAN 1970 West Pac
JAN 1970 - JUN 1970 West Pac
JAN 1970 - JAN 1970 West Pac
APR 1971 - DEC 1971 West Pac
SEP 1972 - APR 1973 Golden Shellback Intiation
SEP 1972 - APR 1973 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1973 - Shellback Initiation - 27 JAN 1973 - Pacific Ocean
FEB 1974 - AUG 1974 West Pac
MAY 1974 - NOV 1974 West Pac
APR 1976 - NOV 1976 West Pac
OCT 1976 - Shellback Initiation - 12 OCT 1976 - Pacific Ocean
NOV 1976 - NOV 1976 Golden Dragon - 10 Nov 1976 - Pacific Ocean
MAR 1978 - OCT 1978 West Pac
OCT 1980 - APR 1981 West Pac
AUG 1982 - MAR 1983 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
AUG 1982 - FEB 1983 West Pac-Indian Ocean
OCT 1982 - Shellback Initiation - 16 OCT 1982 - Indian Ocean
OCT 1982 - Shellback Initiation - 16 OCT 1982 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1985 - SEP 1985 West Pac
JUN 1985 - Shellback Initiation - 24 JUN 1985 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1987 - JUL 1987 West Pac
MAY 1987 - Shellback Initiation - 25 MAY 1987 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 1988 - DEC 1988 West Pac-Indian Ocean
AUG 1988 - Shellback Initiation - 11 AUG 1988 - Indian Ocean
MAY 1989 - SEP 1989 Alaska
AUG 1990 - JAN 1991 Desert Shield
JAN 1991 - APR 1991 Desert Storm
SEP 1991 - Shellback Initiation - 1 SEP 1991 - Pacific Ocean
MAY 1992 - NOV 1992 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAY 1993 - DEC 1993 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAY 1994 - JAN 1995 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
FEB 1995 - Shellback Initiation - 22 FEB 1995 - Pacific Ocean
MAR 1997 - SEP 1997 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP 1997 - Shellback Initiation - 9 SEP 1997 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 1999 - DEC 1999 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP 1999 - Shellback Initiation - 9 SEP 1999 - Pacific Ocean
DEC 2001 - JUL 2002 West Pac - Operation Enduring Freedom
MAR 2005 - SEP 2005 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN 2006 - JUL 2006 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
FEB 2007 Decommissioned: 21 FEB 2007

LPD-5 General Specifications

Named for: Ogden

Complement: 24 Officers and 396 Enlisted

Displacement: 9962 tons

Length: 567 feet

Beam: 108 feet

Draft: 22 feet

Final Disposition: Decommissioned



USS OGDEN (LPD-5)



The second Ogden (LPD-5) was laid down 4 February 1963 by New York Naval Shipyard launched 27 June 1964; sponsored by Mrs. Lawrence J. Burton and commissioned at New York 19 June 1965 Captain Floyd M. Symons in command.

Ogden an amphibious transport dock is an all-purpose amphibious warship combining the functions of the attack transport and the attack cargo ship. She carries assault troops and their heavy equipment and puts them ashore with her own helicopters and landing craft. Her versatile capabilities are vital to the Marines' new technique of vertical envelopment.

After training off Norfolk Ogden arrived in San Diego 29 October 1965 to join the Pacific Fleet and complete her initial training. In her first year of service she deployed twice to South Vietnam (8 February through 4 April 1966 and 16 May through 7 July 1966) bringing Marines and their equipment to support the Allied battle against Communist aggression. On her return passages she brought damaged vehicles home for repair. During the summer of 1966 she conducted experiments with aircraft capable of vertical or short landing and take-off. At the close of the year she prepared for a third deployment in South Vietnam.

[Note: The above USS OGDEN (LPD-5) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS OGDEN (LPD-5) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]