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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

Add a LPD-8 Shellback Initiation Add a LPD-8 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JAN1956-JUN1970West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN1965-Keel Date: 25 JAN 1965
at Ingalls Shipbuilding Pascagoula MS
JAN1966-JUL1970West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG1966-Launch Date: 6 AUG 1966
JAN1967-DEC1970Vietnam
JAN1967-JUN1970West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP1967-Commissioned: 1 SEP 1967
JAN1968-JUN1970West Pac-Viet Nam
MAR1968-JUN1970West Pac-Viet Nam
MAY1968-DEC1968West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG1968-Shellback Initiation - 23 AUG 1968 - Indian Ocean
AUG1968-Shellback Initiation - 27 AUG 1968 - Pacific Ocean
SEP1968- Shellback Initiation - 27 SEP 1968 - Indian Ocean
SEP1968- Shellback Initiation - 10 SEP 1968 - Pacific Ocean
SEP1968-Shellback Initiation - 27 SEP 1968 - Pacific Ocean
OCT1968-OCT1968Repatriation of 14 NVA/VC POWs to North Vietnam
OCT1968-Shellback Initiation - 10 OCT 1968 - Pacific Ocean
NOV1968-JAN1969Middle Pacific
NOV1968-JAN1969Middle Pacific
OCT1969-APR1970West Pac-Viet Nam
OCT1969-OCT1970Gulf of Tonkin Vietnam
DEC1969-Shellback Initiation - 25 DEC 1969 - Pacific Ocean
MAR1970-MAR1971West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN1970-Shellback Initiation - 30 JUN 1970 - Pacific Ocean
JUN1970-APR1972West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN1971-JAN1974West Pac-Viet Nam
MAR1971-SEP1971West Pac-Viet Nam
APR1971-OCT1971West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN1971-Shellback Initiation - 30 JUN 1971 - Pacific Ocean
JUL1971-JUL1971arrival DaNang harbor South Vietnam
AUG1971-SEP1971West Pac-Viet Nam
NOV1972-AUG1973West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN1973-JUL1973HAIPHONG HARBOR MINE SWEEP
FEB1973-JUN1973Haiphong Harbor North Vietnam - mine sweeping support
JAN1974-MAR1975West Pac
JAN1974-JUN1974Dry Dock - Long Beach Ca
JAN1974-JUN1974Dry Dock
AUG1974-MAY1975West Pac-Viet Nam
OCT1974-JUL1975Operation Frequent Wind Fall of Siagon
OCT1974-JUL1975West Pac-Viet Nam
OCT1974-MAR1975West Pac
MAR1975-MAY1975West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP1975-OCT1975Alaska
SEP1976- Shellback Initiation - 10 SEP 1976 - Pacific Ocean
SEP1976-JUL1977West Pac
FEB1977-JUL1977West Pac
AUG1978-APR1979West Pac-Indian Ocean
AUG1978-APR1979West Pac
SEP1979-DEC1979Sea Trials
SEP1980-NOV1980West Pac
SEP1980-Shellback Initiation - 2 SEP 1980 - Pacific Ocean
SEP1980-Shellback Initiation - 9 SEP 1980 - Pacific Ocean
MAR1982-MAY1982West Pac
MAY1984-Shellback Initiation - 5 MAY 1984 - Pacific Ocean
JAN1986-JAN1986Team Spirit USS_Dubuque LPD8 3/2 2nd mar div -south korea
JAN1988-AUG1988West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUN1988-Shellback Initiation - 11 JUN 1988 - Pacific Ocean
JUN1988-NOV1988Ernest Will / Middle East Force
JUN1988-NOV1988West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUN1988-Shellback Initiation - 23 JUN 1988 - Pacific Ocean
JUL1988- Shellback Initiation - 11 JUL 1988 - Pacific Ocean
JUL1988- Shellback Initiation - 11 JUL 1988 - Pacific Ocean
AUG1988-NOV1988West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
NOV1990-FEB1992Desert Shield
AUG1991- Shellback Initiation - 18 AUG 1991 - Pacific Ocean
AUG1991-Shellback Initiation - 19 AUG 1991 - Pacific Ocean
DEC1991-MAR1992Desert Shield
NOV1992-Shellback Initiation - 5 NOV 1992 - Pacific Ocean
AUG1993-Shellback Initiation - 28 AUG 1993 - Pacific Ocean
FEB1994-FEB1994Middle Pacific
MAR1994-SEP1994Dry Dock
MAY1998-AUG1998WEST PAC JAVA SEA
JUN1998-Shellback Initiation - 7 JUN 1998 - Indian Ocean
JUL2001-MAR2002West Pac
AUG2001-Shellback Initiation - 26 AUG 2001 - Pacific Ocean
MAR2002-JUN2002Alaska
JAN2003-AUG2003operation Iraqi Freedom
JUN2004-AUG2004RIMPAC
SEP2006- Shellback Initiation - 9 SEP 2006 - Pacific Ocean
SEP2006-MAY2007West Pac
MAY2008-NOV2008West Pac
MAR2010-DEC2010West Pac
JUL2010- Shellback Initiation - 18 JUL 2010 - Pacific Ocean

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