USS Pensacola (LSD-38)

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USS Pensacola
Career (United States)
Name: USS Pensacola (LSD-38)
Awarded: 25 February 1966
Builder: General Dynamics Quincy Shipbuilding Division
Laid down: 12 March 1969
Launched: 11 July 1970
Commissioned: 27 March 1971
Decommissioned: 30 September 1999
Struck: 30 September 1999
Fate: Sold to the Republic of China, 30 September 1999
Career (Republic of China)
Name: ROCS Hsu Hai (LSD-193)
Acquired: 30 September 1999
Commissioned: June 2000
Status: in active service, as of 2014
General characteristics
Class & type: Anchorage-class dock landing ship
Displacement: 14,000 long tons (14,000 t) full load
Length: 553 ft (169 m)
Beam: 85 ft (26 m)
Draft: 18 ft (5.5 m)
Propulsion: 2 × steam turbines
2 × boilers, 600 psi (4.1 MPa)
2 shafts
Speed: 22 knots (25 mph; 41 km/h)
Range: 14,800 nm at 12 knots
Boats & landing
craft carried:
well deck size: 131.06 m × 15.24 m for 3 LCACs or 50 AAV7
Capacity: vehicle garage (1,115 m²),
on upper deck: 2 LCM(6), on davits: 1 LCVP, and 1 LCPL
Troops: 330 man Marine detachment
Complement: 18 officers, 340–345 enlisted

USS Pensacola (LSD-38) was a Anchorage-class dock landing ship of the United States Navy. She was the fourth Navy ship to be named for the naval town of Pensacola, Florida. She was built at General Dynamics Quincy Shipbuilding Division in Quincy, Massachusetts and commissioned in 1971.

In early 1995, the Commanding Officer of USS Pensacola was relieved because the preceding November, the ship had run aground off the East Coast. In 1995, while cruising in the Mediterranean, the ship suffered a major fuel leak, causing the ship to go to General Quarters. The fuel leak was repaired, and no one was injured. In 1996, USS Pensacola ran aground once again while en route to Newport, Rhode Island. Pensacola was finally decommissioned in 1999, transferred to the Republic of China and redesignated ROCS Hsu Hai (LSD-193).


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