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USS PENSACOLA

(LSD-38)

For Freedom We Land

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The USS PENSACOLA (LSD-38), an Anchorage-class dock landing ship, was commissioned on 27 MAR 1971. Like the other last four Anchorage LSDs, USS PENSACOLA was built at the General Dynamics Shipyard Din Quincy, Massachusetts. After fit out she steamed for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for shake down training. Upon her return to her homeport of Little Creek, Virginia, USS PENSACOLA began a service career of deployments to the Caribbean, North Atlantic, Mediterranean. USS PENSACOLA served her country for 28 years, 6 months and 3 days, until decommissioned on 30 SEP 1999, always true to her motto, "For Freedom We Land". After decommissioning she was commissioned as ROCS Hsu-Hai (LSD-193) of the Republic of China Navy in June 2000.

The USS PENSACOLA (LSD-38) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

LSD-38 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAR 1969 Keel Date: 12 MAR 1969
at General Dynamics Quincy Shipbuilding Division
JUL 1970 Launch Date: 11 JUL 1970
JAN 1971 - JAN 1972 Mediterranean
MAR 1971 Commissioned: 27 MAR 1971
JUN 1971 - JUN 1971 Visit namesake city Pensacola Florida
AUG 1971 - OCT 1971 Guantanamo Bay
OCT 1971 - JAN 1972 Post Shakedown
JAN 1972 - FEB 1972 Maine Salvage Operation
FEB 1972 - MAR 1972 Operation EXOTIC DANCER
FEB 1972 - MAR 1972 Operation Springboard and Firex
MAY 1972 - MAY 1972 EXOTIC DANCER V
JUL 1972 - APR 1973 Mediterranean
JUL 1972 - JAN 1973 Mediterranean
AUG 1973 - DEC 1973 Mediterranean
SEP 1973 - DEC 1973 Operation Deep Furrow 1973
SEP 1973 - DEC 1973 Caribbean
JAN 1974 - SEP 1974 Mediterranean
MAR 1975 - SEP 1975 Mediterranean
APR 1977 - OCT 1977 Mediterranean
JAN 1978 - MAR 1978 Caribbean
AUG 1978 - NOV 1978 Mediterranean
MAY 1980 - DEC 1980 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
JUL 1980 - Shellback Initiation - 21 JUL 1980 - Indian Ocean
JAN 1983 - JUN 1983 Mediterranean-Lebanon
JUN 1985 - NOV 1988 Mediterranean
FEB 1988 - SEP 1992 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
MAY 1988 - JUN 1988 Sea Trials
AUG 1988 - JAN 1989 Mediterranean
JUN 1989 - Shellback Initiation - 14 JUN 1989 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG 1990 - APR 1991 Desert Shield
NOV 1991 - DEC 1991 Guantanamo Bay
MAR 1993 - SEP 1993 Mediterranean
APR 1993 - SEP 1993 Mediterranean
AUG 1994 - SEP 1994 Caribbean
AUG 1994 - SEP 1994 Guantanamo Bay
NOV 1994 - MAY 1995 Mediterranean
JUN 1995 - AUG 1996 OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH
AUG 1995 - AUG 1996 OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH
NOV 1996 - MAY 1997 Mediterranean
NOV 1998 - MAY 1999 Mediterranean
SEP 1999 Decommissioned: 30 SEP 1999

LSD-38 General Specifications

Class: Anchorage-class dock landing ship

Complement: 18 Officers and 340 Enlisted

Displacement: 14000 tons

Length: 553 feet

Beam: 85 feet

Draft: 18 feet

Final Disposition: Sold to the Republic of China 30 September 1999



USS PENSACOLA (LSD-38)



The fourth Pensacola was laid down 15 March 1969 by the General Dynamics Corp. Quincy Mass.; launched 11 July 1970; sponsored by Mrs. Bernard M. Strean; and is scheduled to commission early in 1971.

As the third of a new class of dock landing ships she is designed to replace earlier LSD's that cannot meet modern speed requirements.

[Note: The above USS PENSACOLA (LSD-38) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS PENSACOLA (LSD-38) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]