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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
FEB1963-Keel Date: 4 FEB 1963
JAN1964-AUG1964Mediterranean
JUN1964-Launch Date: 27 JUN 1964
JUN1965-Commissioned: 19 JUN 1965
JAN1966-JAN1966West Pac
FEB1966-Shellback Initiation - 26 FEB 1966 - Pacific Ocean
FEB1966-JUL1966West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN1967-JAN1971West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB1967-SEP1967West Pac
JAN1968-APR1969West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG1968-MAR1969West Pac-Viet Nam
OCT1969-JAN1970West Pac
NOV1969-NOV1969West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN1970-JAN1970West Pac
APR1971-DEC1971West Pac
APR1972-JAN1973West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP1972-APR1973Golden Shellback Intiation
SEP1972-APR1973West Pac-Viet Nam
NOV1972- Shellback Initiation - 24 NOV 1972 - Pacific Ocean
JAN1973-Shellback Initiation - 27 JAN 1973 - Pacific Ocean
FEB1974-AUG1974West Pac
MAY1974-NOV1974West Pac
APR1976-NOV1976West Pac
APR1976-NOV1976West Pac
JUN1976-JUL1976West Pac
JUN1976-JUL1976West Pac
OCT1976-Shellback Initiation - 12 OCT 1976 - Pacific Ocean
OCT1976- Shellback Initiation - 10 OCT 1976 - Pacific Ocean
NOV1976-NOV1976Golden Dragon - 10 Nov 1976 - Pacific Ocean
MAR1978-OCT1978West Pac
OCT1980-APR1981West Pac
AUG1982-MAR1983West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
AUG1982-FEB1983West Pac-Indian Ocean
OCT1982-Shellback Initiation - 16 OCT 1982 - Pacific Ocean
OCT1982- Shellback Initiation - 16 OCT 1982 - Pacific Ocean
OCT1982-Shellback Initiation - 16 OCT 1982 - Indian Ocean
JAN1985-SEP1985West Pac
JUN1985- Shellback Initiation - 24 JUN 1985 - Pacific Ocean
JUN1985-Shellback Initiation - 24 JUN 1985 - Pacific Ocean
JUN1985- Shellback Initiation - 24 JUN 1985 - Pacific Ocean
JUN1985- Shellback Initiation - 24 JUN 1985 - Pacific Ocean
JUN1985- Shellback Initiation - 24 JUN 1985 - Pacific Ocean
JUN1985- Shellback Initiation - 24 JUN 1985 - Pacific Ocean
APR1986-SEP1986West Pac
AUG1986- Shellback Initiation - 4 AUG 1986 - Pacific Ocean
JAN1987-JUL1987West Pac
MAY1987- Shellback Initiation - 25 MAY 1987 - Pacific Ocean
MAY1987-Shellback Initiation - 25 MAY 1987 - Pacific Ocean
MAY1987- Shellback Initiation - 25 MAY 1987 - Pacific Ocean
JUN1988-DEC1988West Pac-Indian Ocean
AUG1988-Shellback Initiation - 11 AUG 1988 - Indian Ocean
MAY1989-SEP1989Alaska
AUG1989-Shellback Initiation - 11 AUG 1989 - Indian Ocean
AUG1990-JAN1991Desert Shield
JAN1991-APR1991Desert Storm
SEP1991-Shellback Initiation - 1 SEP 1991 - Pacific Ocean
MAY1992-NOV1992West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAY1993-DEC1993West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAY1994-JAN1995West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
FEB1995-Shellback Initiation - 22 FEB 1995 - Pacific Ocean
MAR1997-SEP1997West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP1997-Shellback Initiation - 9 SEP 1997 - Pacific Ocean
JUN1999-DEC1999West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP1999-Shellback Initiation - 9 SEP 1999 - Pacific Ocean
DEC2001-JUL2002West Pac - Operation Enduring Freedom
MAR2005-SEP2005Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN2006-JUL2006West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
FEB2007-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]