Austin-class amphibious transport dock

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USS Austin (LPD-4)
USS Austin (LPD-4)
Class overview
Name: Austin-class amphibious transport dock
Builders: New York Naval Shipyard,
Ingalls, Lockheed
Operators:  United States Navy
 Indian Navy
Preceded by: Raleigh class
Succeeded by: San Antonio class
In commission: 1965
Completed: 12
Active: 1
General characteristics
Type: Amphibious transport dock
Tonnage: 7,713 tons dwt
Displacement: 9,201 tons (light)
16,914 tons (full)
Length: 548 ft (167 m)w/l
569 ft (173 m) o/a
Beam: 84 ft (26 m) w/l
105 ft (32 m) extreme
Draft: 22 ft (6.7 m) navigational,
34 ft (10 m) ballasted
Propulsion: 2 × boilers, 2 × steam turbines, 2 × shafts, 24,000 shp (18,000 kW)
Speed: 21 knots (24 mph; 39 km/h)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
1 × LCAC, or
1 × LCU, or
4 × LCM-8, or
9 × LCM-6, or
24 × AAV
Complement: 24 officers, 396 enlisted, 900 marines
Armament: 2 × 25 mm Mk 38 guns
2 × Phalanx CIWS
8 × .50-calibre machine guns
Aircraft carried: Up to 6 CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters

The Austin class of amphibious transport dock followed the Raleigh class and was followed by the San Antonio classes. Note that some sources consider Cleveland (seven built) and Trenton (two built) ships to be a part of the Austin class, but the Naval Vessel Registry lists them as a separate class.

Ships[edit]

Ship Hull No. Builder Commissioned–
Decommissioned
Homeport NVR page
Austin LPD-4 New York Naval Shipyard 1965–2006 Norfolk, Virginia LPD04
Ogden LPD-5 New York Naval Shipyard 1965–2007 San Diego, California LPD05
Duluth LPD-6 New York Naval Shipyard 1965–2005 San Diego, California LPD06
Cleveland sub-class
Cleveland LPD-7 Ingalls Shipbuilding 1967–2011 San Diego, California LPD07
Dubuque LPD-8 Ingalls Shipbuilding 1967–2011 San Diego, California LPD08
Denver LPD-9 Lockheed Shipbuilding 1968–2014 Sasebo, Japan LPD09
Juneau LPD-10 Lockheed Shipbuilding 1969–2008 Sasebo, Japan LPD10
Coronado LPD-11/
AGF-11
Lockheed Shipbuilding 1970–2005 San Diego, California AGF11
Shreveport LPD-12 Lockheed Shipbuilding 1970–2007 Norfolk, Virginia LPD12
Nashville LPD-13 Lockheed Shipbuilding 1970–2009 Norfolk, Virginia LPD13
Trenton sub-class
Trenton LPD-14 Lockheed Shipbuilding 1971–2007 Norfolk, Virginia LPD14
Ponce LPD-15 Lockheed Shipbuilding 1971– Norfolk, Virginia LPD15


Cleveland class[edit]

USS Dubuque (LPD-8)
USS Dubuque (LPD-8)
Class overview
Name: Cleveland-class amphibious transport dock
Preceded by: Austin-class amphibious transport dock
Succeeded by: Trenton-class amphibious transport dock
Completed: Cleveland, Dubuque, Denver, Juneau, Coronado, Shreveport, Nashville

The Cleveland class of amphibious transport dock was a refinement of the Austin class. All earlier classes are being replaced by the San Antonio class.

The Cleveland class was originally to consist of 10 ships, LPD-7 through LPD-16. Seven ships were actually completed and listed in this class, with one being converted to a command ship, Coronado (AGF-11). Trenton (LPD-14) and Ponce (LPD-15) were originally to be included in the Cleveland class, but were completed as almost identical Trenton-class LPDs. The most noticeable difference between the Cleveland and Austin classes is the extra level in the superstructure housing a flag bridge and command and control facilities for an embarked staff which the earlier ships lack.

Ships[edit]

Ship Builder Homeport
USS Cleveland (LPD-7)
(decommissioned)
Ingalls Shipbuilding San Diego, California
USS Dubuque (LPD-8)
(decommissioned)
Ingalls Shipbuilding San Diego, California
USS Denver (LPD-9) Lockheed Shipbuilding Sasebo, Japan
USS Juneau (LPD-10)
(decommissioned)
Lockheed Shipbuilding San Diego, California
USS Coronado (LPD/AGF-11)
(decommissioned)
Lockheed Shipbuilding San Diego, California
USS Shreveport (LPD-12)
(decommissioned)
Lockheed Shipbuilding Norfolk, Virginia
USS Nashville (LPD-13)
(decommissioned)
Lockheed Shipbuilding Norfolk, Virginia

Trenton class[edit]

USS Trenton (LPD-14)
USS Trenton (LPD-14)
Class overview
Name: Trenton-class amphibious transport dock
Operators:  United States Navy
 Indian Navy
Preceded by: Cleveland-class amphibious transport dock
Succeeded by: San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock
Completed: Trenton, Ponce

The Trenton class of amphibious transport dock was a refinement of the Austin and Cleveland classes. Note that some sources consider Cleveland and later ships to be a part of the Austin class, but the Naval Vessel Registry lists them as a separate class. All earlier classes are being replaced by the San Antonio class. LPD-16, while authorized, was cancelled before being constructed.

As of August 2013 the above mentioned site Naval Vessel Registry lists the USS Trenton and the USS Ponce as Austin class amphibious transport docks.[1]

Ships[edit]

Ship Builder Homeport
USS Trenton (LPD-14)
(decommsioned)
Lockheed Shipbuilding Norfolk, Virginia
USS Ponce (LPD-15) Lockheed Shipbuilding Norfolk, Virginia

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