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U.S.S. PORTLAND

(LSD-37)

SWEET PEA

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The USS PORTLAND (LSD-37), an Anchorage-class dock landing ship, was commissioned on 3 OCT 1970. built Quincy, Mass. at the General Dynamics Shipyard, USS PORTLAND spent her career as an Atlantic fleet "Gator Freighter" deploying to the Caribbean, North and South Atlantic, Mediterranean and Indian Ocean. USS PORTLAND was in the Persian Gulf in during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm in 1990-91 and then "surge" deployed in 2003 the Indian Ocean for Operation Enduring Freedom. USS PORTLAND served her country for 33 years, 10 months and 1 day, until decommissioned on 4 AUG 2004. After being laid up at the NISMF at Fort Eustis, VA, the Hulk of the USS PORTLAND was sunk as a target, 25 April 2004 approximately 300 mile off Cape Hatteras.

The USS PORTLAND (LSD-37) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

LSD-37 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
FEB1972-MAR1972Caribbean
FEB1972-APR1972Guantanamo Bay
FEB1972-APR1972South America
AUG1972-OCT1972Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
OCT1972-DEC1972Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
OCT1972-OCT1972North Atlantic
JAN1973-JUL1973Mediterranean
JAN1973-JUL1973Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
FEB1973-Shellback Initiation - 13 FEB 1973 - Pacific Ocean
FEB1973- Shellback Initiation - 13 FEB 1973 - Atlantic Ocean
SEP1973-OCT1973Caribbean
MAY1975-JAN1976Dry Dock
JUN1976-AUG1976Dry Dock
JUN1976-DEC1976Mediterranean-Lebanon
JUN1976-DEC1976Mediterranean
JAN1977-JAN1977Guantanamo Bay
SEP1977-MAR1978Mediterranean
JAN1978-JUN1978granada
JAN1978-JAN1978Grenada
AUG1978-NOV1978North Atlantic
OCT1979-NOV1980Dry Dock
OCT1979-NOV1980Regular Overhaul
MAY1981-NOV1981Mediterranean
MAY1981-JUL1981Mediterranean
JUN1981-NOV1981Mediterranean
SEP1981-Shellback Initiation - 18 SEP 1981 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN1982-JUN1982Caribbean
JUN1982-JAN1983UNITAS
JUN1982-Shellback Initiation - 5 JUN 1982 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG1982-Shellback Initiation - 16 AUG 1982 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG1982-Shellback Initiation - 11 AUG 1982 - Atlantic Ocean
MAY1983-DEC1983Mediterranean-Lebanon
MAY1985-NOV1985Dry Dock
APR1986-NOV1986Mediterranean
DEC1987-APR1988Mine Sweeper Support
MAY1988-SEP1988Drug Interdiction Support / Great Britian
OCT1989-JUL1992Desert Shield
OCT1989-MAR1990Mediterranean
AUG1990-APR1991Desert Shield
OCT1990-APR1991Mediterranean
APR1991-APR1991Dependents Cruise
JAN1994-JUN1994Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
FEB1994-MAR1994Somalia
MAR1994-Shellback Initiation - 25 MAR 1994 - Indian Ocean
JUL1994-SEP1994Caribbean
JAN1996-AUG1996Mediterranean
JAN1997-JAN1998Mediterranean
MAR1998-AUG1998Mediterranean
SEP2001-AUG2002Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
NOV2001-JUN2002Mediterranean
MAY2002-DEC2002UNITAS
JUN2002-DEC2002UNITAS
AUG2002-DEC2002UNITAS
NOV2002-Shellback Initiation - 19 NOV 2002 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN2003-MAR2003Persian Gulf

LSD-37 General Specifications