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: