UNDERWAY! 2020 Wall Calendar AVAILABLE - CLICK HERE
For RATING SHIRTS - Click on your Rating Abbreviation below:
AB AC AD AE AG AK AM AO AQ AS AT AW AX AZ BM BT BU
CE CM CS CT DC DK DM DP DS DT EA EM EN EO ET EW
FC FT GM GS (53-61) GS (78-Now) HM HT IC IM IS IT JO LI LN LS
MA (48-67) MA (72-Now) ME ML MM MN MR MS MT MU NAVY NC ND OM OS OT
PC PH PM PN PR QM RD (WW2) RD (48-72) RM SD SF SH SK SM
SO ST SV SW TM UT WT YN NAVY DIVER


U.S.S. PONCE

(LPD-15)

THE PROUD LION

Click to view crew list
 

The USS PONCE (LPD-15), an Austin class amphibious transport dock, was commissioned on 10 JUL 1971. Built by Lockheed Shipbuilding in Seattle, Washington, USS PONCE has spent her entire career operating from her homeport of Norfolk, Virginia. PONCE has deployed numerous times to the Caribbean, North Atlantic, and Mediterranean. PONCE is no stranger to transiting the Suez Canal and extending a "MED" into the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf. USS PONCE, true to her motto. "The Proud Lion, stands ready to answer the call as evidenced by her shift from the Indian Ocean to the Gulf of Sidra during the Libyan Rebellion of 2011.

The USS PONCE (LPD-15) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

LPD-15 Deployments - Major Events

Add a LPD-15 Shellback Initiation Add a LPD-15 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
OCT1966-Keel Date: 31 OCT 1966
at Lockheed Shipbuilding
MAY1970-Launch Date: 20 MAY 1970
JUL1971-Commissioned: 10 JUL 1971
JUL1971-Shellback Initiation - 10 JUL 1971 - Atlantic Ocean
JUL1971-Shellback Initiation - 10 JUL 1971 - Pacific Ocean
MAY1972-JUL1972Caribbean
FEB1973-AUG1973Mediterranean
SEP1973-OCT1973Caribbean
OCT1973-DEC1973Caribbean
JAN1974-JUL1974Mediterranean
APR1974-APR1974COLLISION with USS Mississnewa AO-144
JUN1974-AUG1974North Atlantic
OCT1974-NOV1974North Atlantic
JAN1975-JAN1975West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN1975-JAN1977Mediterranean-Lebanon
MAR1975-JUN1975North Atlantic
OCT1975-DEC1975North Atlantic
JUN1976-NOV1976Mediterranean-Lebanon
JUL1976-DEC1976Mediterranean
JAN1977-JAN1977Caribbean
MAY1977-JUN1977Caribbean
JUL1977-JAN1978DRY DOCK Sun Shipbuilding Co. Chester PA
JUL1977-DEC1977Mediterranean
AUG1978-FEB1979Mediterranean-Lebanon
JUN1979-NOV1979Mediterranean
MAY1980-NOV1981USS Nimitz jets shot down 2 Libyan jets
AUG1980-NOV1980North Atlantic
MAY1981-NOV1981Mediterranean
FEB1982-MAR1982Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
FEB1982-MAR1982North Atlantic
MAR1982-APR1982Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
MAR1982-APR1982Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
MAR1982-OCT1982Dry Dock
FEB1984-AUG1984Mediterranean-Lebanon
AUG1985-FEB1986Mediterranean
JAN1986-AUG1986North Atlantic
JAN1988-JUL1988Mediterranean
MAR1990-SEP1990Mediterranean
JUN1991-DEC1991Mediterranean
MAR1993-SEP1993Mediterranean
MAR1994-Shellback Initiation - 20 MAR 1994 - Atlantic Ocean
APR1994-JAN1996Sea Trials
DEC1997-MAR1999Mediterranean
JAN1998-JUL2000Mediterranean
JAN2001-JUN2001Mediterranean
JAN2003-MAY2003Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAR2005-SEP2005Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
NOV2005-OCT2006Regular Overhaul
JUL2007-JAN2008Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAY2009-DEC2009Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
AUG2010-MAY2011Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
NOV2010-Shellback Initiation - 27 NOV 2010 - Indian Ocean
MAR2011-MAR2011Med - IO - Gulf of Sidra Libya

LPD-15 General Specifications

Class: Austin class amphibious transport dock

Named for: Spanish Explorer Juan Ponce de Leon

Complement: 29 Officers and 487 Enlisted

Displacement: 8883 tons

Length: 567 feet

Beam: 100 feet

Flank Speed: 20 knots



USS PONCE (LPD-15)



Ponce was laid down 31 October 1966 by the Lockheed Ship Building Co., Seattle, Wash.; launched 20 May 1970 sponsored by Mrs. John J. Hyland and scheduled to commission in July 1971.

[Note: The above USS PONCE (LPD-15) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS PONCE (LPD-15) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]