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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
FEB 1972 - MAR 1972 Caribbean
FEB 1972 - APR 1972 Guantanamo Bay
FEB 1972 - APR 1972 South America
AUG 1972 - OCT 1972 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
OCT 1972 - DEC 1972 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
OCT 1972 - OCT 1972 North Atlantic
JAN 1973 - JUL 1973 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN 1973 - JUL 1973 Mediterranean
FEB 1973 - Shellback Initiation - 13 FEB 1973 - Pacific Ocean
SEP 1973 - OCT 1973 Caribbean
MAY 1975 - JAN 1976 Dry Dock
JUN 1976 - DEC 1976 Mediterranean-Lebanon
JUN 1976 - AUG 1976 Dry Dock
JAN 1977 - JAN 1977 Guantanamo Bay
SEP 1977 - MAR 1978 Mediterranean
JAN 1978 - JUN 1978 granada
JAN 1978 - JAN 1978 Grenada
AUG 1978 - NOV 1978 North Atlantic
OCT 1979 - NOV 1980 Dry Dock
JUN 1981 - NOV 1981 Mediterranean
SEP 1981 - Shellback Initiation - 18 SEP 1981 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN 1982 - JUN 1982 Caribbean
JUN 1982 - Shellback Initiation - 5 JUN 1982 - Atlantic Ocean
JUN 1982 - JAN 1983 UNITAS
AUG 1982 - Shellback Initiation - 16 AUG 1982 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG 1982 - Shellback Initiation - 11 AUG 1982 - Atlantic Ocean
MAY 1983 - DEC 1983 Mediterranean-Lebanon
MAY 1985 - NOV 1985 Dry Dock
APR 1986 - NOV 1986 Mediterranean
DEC 1987 - APR 1988 Mine Sweeper Support
MAY 1988 - SEP 1988 Drug Interdiction Support / Great Britian
OCT 1989 - MAR 1990 Mediterranean
OCT 1989 - JUL 1992 Desert Shield
AUG 1990 - APR 1991 Desert Shield
OCT 1990 - APR 1991 Mediterranean
APR 1991 - APR 1991 Dependents Cruise
JAN 1994 - JUN 1994 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
FEB 1994 - MAR 1994 Somalia
MAR 1994 - Shellback Initiation - 25 MAR 1994 - Indian Ocean
JUL 1994 - SEP 1994 Caribbean
JAN 1997 - JAN 1998 Mediterranean
MAR 1998 - AUG 1998 Mediterranean
SEP 2001 - AUG 2002 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
NOV 2001 - JUN 2002 Mediterranean
MAY 2002 - DEC 2002 UNITAS
JUN 2002 - DEC 2002 UNITAS
AUG 2002 - DEC 2002 UNITAS
NOV 2002 - Shellback Initiation - 19 NOV 2002 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN 2003 - MAR 2003 Persian Gulf

LSD-37 General Specifications