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U.S.S. DUBUQUE

(LPD-8)

The Toughest Gator Going

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The USS DUBUQUE (LPD-8), an Austin class amphibious transport dock, was commissioned on 1 SEP 1967. USS DUBUQUE, named for the city of Dubuque, Iowa, was built at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss. After commisioning and shake down in Hampton Roads, VA, DUBUQUE sailed for her homeport of San Diego, CA via the Panama Canal. Joining the Pacific "Gator" Force at the height of the Vietnamese War, DUBUQUE made a series of "West PACs" that sailed into Vietnamese waters. Continuing with Western Pacific deployments after the war, DUBUQUE was forward based when her homeport was shifted to Sasebo, Japan in 1985. The late 1980s and 1990s called DUBUQUE to the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf repeatedly. Shifting homeport to San Diego, CA in 1999, DUBUQUE continues her career of West PACS, humanitarian aid and contingency deployments as needed. USS DUBUQUE is known as "The Toughest Gator Going".

The USS DUBUQUE (LPD-8) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

LPD-8 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JAN 1956 - JUN 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1965 Keel Date: 25 JAN 1965
at Ingalls Shipbuilding Pascagoula MS
JAN 1966 - JUL 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1966 - JUN 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG 1966 Launch Date: 6 AUG 1966
JAN 1967 - JUN 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP 1967 Commissioned: 1 SEP 1967
JAN 1968 - DEC 1971 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1968 - JUN 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAR 1968 - JUN 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAY 1968 - DEC 1968 West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP 1968 - Shellback Initiation - 27 SEP 1968 - Pacific Ocean
OCT 1968 - Shellback Initiation - 10 OCT 1968 - Pacific Ocean
OCT 1968 - OCT 1968 Repatriation of 14 NVA/VC POWs to North Vietnam
OCT 1969 - APR 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
OCT 1969 - OCT 1970 Gulf of Tonkin, Vietnam
DEC 1969 - Shellback Initiation - 25 DEC 1969 - Pacific Ocean
APR 1971 - OCT 1971 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN 1971 - Shellback Initiation - 30 JUN 1971 - Pacific Ocean
NOV 1972 - AUG 1973 West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB 1973 - JUN 1973 Haiphong Harbor North Vietnam - mine sweeping support
JAN 1974 - JUN 1974 Dry Dock
JAN 1974 - JUN 1974 Dry Dock - Long Beach Ca
JAN 1974 - MAR 1975 West Pac
OCT 1974 - JUL 1975 West Pac-Viet Nam
OCT 1974 - MAR 1975 West Pac
OCT 1974 - JUL 1975 Operation Frequent Wind Fall of Siagon
SEP 1975 - OCT 1975 Alaska
SEP 1976 - JUL 1977 West Pac
AUG 1978 - APR 1979 West Pac
SEP 1979 - DEC 1979 Sea Trials
SEP 1980 - Shellback Initiation - 2 SEP 1980 - Pacific Ocean
SEP 1980 - Shellback Initiation - 9 SEP 1980 - Pacific Ocean
MAR 1982 - MAY 1982 West Pac
MAY 1984 - Shellback Initiation - 5 MAY 1984 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1986 - JAN 1986 Team Spirit USS_Dubuque LPD8 3/2 2nd mar div -south korea
JAN 1988 - AUG 1988 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUN 1988 - Shellback Initiation - 11 JUN 1988 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 1988 - NOV 1988 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUN 1988 - Shellback Initiation - 23 JUN 1988 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 1988 - Shellback Initiation - 11 JUN 1988 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 1988 - NOV 1988 Ernest Will / Middle East Force
DEC 1991 - MAR 1992 Desert Shield
MAR 1994 - SEP 1994 Dry Dock
JUL 2001 - MAR 2002 West Pac
AUG 2001 - Shellback Initiation - 26 AUG 2001 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 2003 - AUG 2003 operation Iraqi Freedom
SEP 2006 - MAY 2007 West Pac
MAY 2008 - NOV 2008 West Pac
MAR 2010 - DEC 2010 West Pac

LPD-8 General Specifications

Class: Austin class amphibious transport dock

Named for: the city of Dubuque

Displacement: 17252 tons

Length: 569 feet

Beam: 100 feet

Draft: 23 feet