US Whidbey Island class

US Anchorage class

Landing Ship/Platform Dock


Landing Ship/Platform Dock Whidbey Island class

Derivatives / Succeeded by
1995 US Harpers Ferry class


15725full load (tn)
186length (m)
25.60beam (m)
6.30draught (m)
8000range (nm)
22max speed (knots)
33000power (shp)

4Naval Engine diesel

2Naval Gun Mark 38 25 mm
2Close-In Weapon System CIWS Phalanx 20 mm
4Chaff and decoys Mark 36 SRBOC

1Naval Radar air search radar AN/SPS-49
1Naval Radar surface search radar AN/SPS-67
1Naval Radar surface search and navigation radar AN/SPS-64

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Typical Max
Landing platform only. No hangar
US US Navy Sikorsky MH-53E Sea Dragon 02
US USMC B-V 107M H-46 Sea Knight 03


US Avondale Shipyard - 5
US Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Company - Harbor Island3

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1985--USUS NavyLSD-41USS Whidbey IslandNNWI
1986--USUS NavyLSD-42USS GermantownNGTN
1987--USUS NavyLSD-43USS Fort McHenryNHTD
1989--USUS NavyLSD-44USS Gunston HallNGUN
1990--USUS NavyLSD-45USS ComstockNCWK
1990--USUS NavyLSD-46USS TortugaNTSA
1991--USUS NavyLSD-47USS RushmoreNDXW
1992--USUS NavyLSD-48USS AshlandNAOW
1995--USUS NavyLSD-49Harpers Ferry class USS Harpers FerryNACP
1995--USUS NavyLSD-50Harpers Ferry class USS Carter HallNGDT
1996--USUS NavyLSD-51Harpers Ferry class USS Oak Hill
1998--USUS NavyLSD-52Harpers Ferry class USS Pearl Harbor

12 units


1981-aug-04Laid downLaid down US LSD-41 USS Whidbey Island
1982-aug-05Laid downLaid down US LSD-42 USS Germantown
1983-jun-10LaunchedLaunched US LSD-41 USS Whidbey Island
1983-jun-10Laid downLaid down US LSD-43 USS Fort McHenry
1984-jun-29LaunchedLaunched US LSD-42 USS Germantown
1985-feb-09CommissionedCommissioned US LSD-41 USS Whidbey Island
1985-feb-10HomeportHomeport US LSD-41 USS Whidbey Island
1986-feb-01LaunchedLaunched US LSD-43 USS Fort McHenry
1986-feb-08CommissionedCommissioned US LSD-42 USS Germantown
1986-feb-09HomeportHomeport US LSD-42 USS Germantown
1986-may-26Laid downLaid down US LSD-44 USS Gunston Hall
1986-oct-27Laid downLaid down US LSD-45 USS Comstock
1987-mar-21Laid downLaid down US LSD-46 USS Tortuga
1987-jun-27LaunchedLaunched US LSD-44 USS Gunston Hall
1987-aug-08CommissionedCommissioned US LSD-43 USS Fort McHenry
1987-aug-09HomeportHomeport US LSD-43 USS Fort McHenry
1987-nov-09Laid downLaid down US LSD-47 USS Rushmore
1988-jan-16LaunchedLaunched US LSD-45 USS Comstock
1988-apr-04Laid downLaid down US LSD-48 USS Ashland
1988-sep-15LaunchedLaunched US LSD-46 USS Tortuga
1989-apr-22CommissionedCommissioned US LSD-44 USS Gunston Hall
1989-apr-23HomeportHomeport US LSD-44 USS Gunston Hall
1989-may-06LaunchedLaunched US LSD-47 USS Rushmore
1989-nov-11LaunchedLaunched US LSD-48 USS Ashland
1990-feb-03CommissionedCommissioned US LSD-45 USS Comstock
1990-feb-04HomeportHomeport US LSD-45 USS Comstock
1990-sep-07CommissionedCommissioned US LSD-46 USS Tortuga
1990-sep-08HomeportHomeport US LSD-46 USS Tortuga
1991-jun-01CommissionedCommissioned US LSD-47 USS Rushmore
1991-jun-02HomeportHomeport US LSD-47 USS Rushmore
1992-may-09CommissionedCommissioned US LSD-48 USS Ashland
1992-may-10HomeportHomeport US LSD-48 USS Ashland
1993-junTrialsTrials US LSD-41 USS Whidbey Island Conducted trials of the Quick Reaction Combat Capability, which became the Ship Self Defense System.
1995-sepHomeportHomeport US LSD-43 USS Fort McHenry
2005-jun-03 US LSD-46 USS Tortuga BALTOPS 05 participated with BALTOPS 05
2005-jun-17Port VisitPort Visit US LSD-46 USS Tortuga 17-20 june visit Kiel, Germany
2006-aprHomeportHomeport US LSD-46 USS Tortuga
2006-aprHomeportHomeport US LSD-43 USS Fort McHenry
2006-nov-06TrialsTrials US LSD-44 USS Gunston Hall Hosted modified Canadian CH-124B to explore effectiveness of their modification programme to provide an amphibious assault capability during a simulated attack on Camp Lejeune.
2010-jun-07 US LSD-44 USS Gunston Hall BALTOPS 10
2011-marDeploymentDeployment US LSD-42 USS Germantown Operation Tomodachi - Tohoku Earthquake Relief Along with USS Essex, both with elements of 31st MEU embarked, were ordered from the Sea of Japan to the east coast of Honshu for Tsunami relief operations.
2011-marDeploymentDeployment US LSD-46 USS Tortuga Operation Tomodachi - Tohoku Earthquake Relief Ordered from South Korea with HM-14 Det 1 MH-53E embarked, for Tsunami relief operations off east coast of Japan.
2012-oct-22Port VisitPort Visit US LSD-46 USS Tortuga 22-26 Oct visit Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
2013-jul-15 US LSD-42 USS Germantown Talisman Saber 2013 Jul13 - Aug13 at the coast of Shoalwater Bay Training Aerea
2014-aug-01 US LSD-45 USS Comstock 11th MEU WESTPAC 14-2
2016-mar-03 US LSD-43 USS Fort McHenry Cold Response 2016 To Norway for NATO exercise Cold Response 16. Only US Navy ship participating
2018-janDeploymentDeployment US LSD-48 USS Ashland Part of Expeditionary Strike Group supporting USS Wasp in her Jan-Apr 2018 Pacfic deployment
2018-dec-21Port VisitPort Visit US LSD-47 USS Rushmore visited Colombo, with 13th MEU embarked. (Part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group).
2019-jun-09DeploymentDeployment US LSD-43 USS Fort McHenry BALTOPS 19 hosted a section of Spanish Marines, assigned to the 2nd Batallon de Desembarco, Brigada de Infanteria de Marina (2nd Landing Battalion, Marine Infantry Brigade).
2019-jun-12DeploymentDeployment US LSD-43 USS Fort McHenry BALTOPS 19 Beach assault on Estonian coast with US Marines from MEU-22 and a detachment of embarked Spanish Marines, during BALTOPS 19.
2019-jun-13DeploymentDeployment US LSD-43 USS Fort McHenry BALTOPS 19 Replenishment At Sea with FGS Berlin, during BALTOPS 19.

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