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LSD-36 Anchorage class

Dock Landing Ships support amphibious operations including landings via Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC), conventional landing craft and helicopters, onto hostile shores. These ships transport and launch amphibious craft and vehicles with their crews and embarked personnel in amphibious assault operations.

The Anchorage class Dock Landing Ship (LSD) designed to operate as an integral part of a balanced, mobile and modern amphibious strike force. The ship couples a well deck with a flight deck to give greater dimension to the Navy's troop and vehicle lifting capability. Primarily designed to transport pre-loaded heavy landing craft to the shore and discharge them rapidly, the ship is also equipped with machine shops and facilities to provide dry docking and repairs to small boats.

Intrinsic in the well deck operation is a ballasting system that fills the deck with sea water to a depth necessary for loading landing craft such as the LCU and LCAC. The ships are designed to transport and operate heavy landing craft from a large well deck, and have been modified for operations with the Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC). USS Mount Vernon was the first West Coast ship to be modified for operations with the Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC), used for transportation of personnel and equipment for amphibious operations. Wet well evolutions are facilitated through the use of complex, electro-hydraulically controlled ballasting and deballasting systems. The helicopter landing platform can be used in support of helicopter assaults and logistic operations. The ships' habitability features provide for the berthing, messing and cargo transportation of approximately 300 fully equipped combat troops of the landing force in addition to the 360 crew members assigned. Installed electronic equipment includes air, navigation, and surface search radars, a complete communications suite and an Electronic Emitter Detection System to support the ship's amphibious mission.

Two Anchorage-class LSD-36s will be retired from service by FY 1999.


Power Plant Two 600 psi boilers, two geared steam turbines, two shafts, 24,000 total shaft horsepower
Length 553 feet (168.6 meters)
Beam 85 feet (25.9 meters)
Displacement 14,000 tons (full load)
Speed 22 knots (25.3 miles per hour, 40.5 km, per hour)
Aircraft None
Landing Craft 3 LCAC Landing Craft, Air Cushion
Crew Ships Company: 18 officers, 340 enlisted
Marine Detachment: 330


Armament 4 - 3-inch/50 cal. twin barrel guns
2 - 25mm MK 38 Machine Guns
2 - 20mm Phalanx CIWS
Unit Operating Cost
Annual Average
$20,000,000 [source: [FY1996 VAMOSC]


Name Number Builder Homeport Ordered Commissioned Decommissioned
Anchorage LSD-36IngallsSan Diego29 Jun 196520 Feb 1969?~ 2000 - 2004
Portland LSD-37Bath [GD] Little Creek25 Feb 196603 Oct 1970?~ 2000 - 2005
Pensacola LSD-38Bath [GD] Little Creek25 Feb 196601 Mar 1971?~ 2000 - 2006
Mount Vernon LSD-39 Bath [GD]San Diego 25 Feb 196601 Apr 1972?~ 2000 - 2007
Fort Fisher LSD-40 Bath [GD]San Diego 02 May 196709 Dec 197227 Feb 1998

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Originally created by John Pike
Updated Wednesday, March 03, 1999 7:33:19 PM