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U.S.S. 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

Add a LSD-38 Shellback Initiation Add a LSD-38 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JAN1944- Shellback Initiation - 21 JAN 1944 - Atlantic Ocean
MAR1969-Keel Date: 12 MAR 1969
at General Dynamics Quincy Shipbuilding Division
JUL1970-Launch Date: 11 JUL 1970
JAN1971-JAN1972Mediterranean
MAR1971-Commissioned: 27 MAR 1971
JUN1971-JUN1971Visit namesake city Pensacola Florida
AUG1971-OCT1971Guantanamo Bay
OCT1971-JAN1972Post Shakedown
JAN1972-FEB1972Maine Salvage Operation
FEB1972-MAR1972Operation EXOTIC DANCER
FEB1972-MAR1972Operation Springboard and Firex
MAY1972-MAY1972EXOTIC DANCER V
JUL1972-APR1973Mediterranean
FEB1973-AUG1973Mediterranean
AUG1973-DEC1973Mediterranean
SEP1973-DEC1973Caribbean
SEP1973-DEC1973Operation Deep Furrow 1973
JAN1974-SEP1974Mediterranean
MAR1975-SEP1975Mediterranean
OCT1975-SEP1976Dry Dock
SEP1976-NOV1976Guantanamo Bay
APR1977-OCT1977Mediterranean
JAN1978-MAR1978Caribbean
AUG1978-NOV1978Mediterranean
JUL1979-NOV1979Mediterranean
MAY1980-DEC1980Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
JUL1980-Shellback Initiation - 21 JUL 1980 - Indian Ocean
JAN1982-MAR1983Mediterranean
JAN1982-MAR1983Mediterranean
FEB1982-MAR1982Guantanamo Bay
MAY1982-MAY1982Panama Canal
AUG1982-NOV1982North Atlantic
JAN1983-JUN1983Mediterranean-Lebanon
JAN1983-JUN1983Mediterranean-Lebanon
FEB1984-MAY1984North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
JAN1985-FEB1985L-CAC Sea Trials Panama City
JUN1985-NOV1988Mediterranean
FEB1988-SEP1992Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
FEB1988-Shellback Initiation - 3 FEB 1988 - Indian Ocean
MAY1988-JUN1988Sea Trials
AUG1988-JAN1989Mediterranean
JUN1989-Shellback Initiation - 14 JUN 1989 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG1990-APR1991Desert Shield
MAR1991- Shellback Initiation - 8 MAR 1991 - Atlantic Ocean
NOV1991-DEC1991Guantanamo Bay
JAN1992-MAR1992Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
MAR1993-SEP1993Mediterranean
APR1993-SEP1993Mediterranean
AUG1994-SEP1994Guantanamo Bay
AUG1994-SEP1994Caribbean
NOV1994-MAY1995Mediterranean
JUN1995-AUG1996OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH
AUG1995-AUG1996OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH
NOV1996-MAY1997Mediterranean
NOV1998-MAY1999Mediterranean
SEP1999-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]