USS Anchorage (LSD-36)

USS Anchorage

A dock landing ship of the United States Navy.

She was lead ship of the Anchorage-class as well as the first ship in the navy to be named after the city in Alaska.

Design and Construction

Anchorage was awarded to Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi on 29 June 1965 and her keel was laid down on 13 March 1967.

Launched on 5 May 1968

Commissioned on 15 March 1969

Decommissioned: 1 October 2003

Struck: 8 March 2004

Motto: 1st of its class

Fate: Sunk as a target 17 July 2010

General characteristics

Class & type: Anchorage-class dock landing ship
Displacement: 14,095 long tons (14,321 t) Full
8,325 long tons (8,459 t) Light
5,570 long tons (5,660 t) Dead Weight
Length: 553 ft (169 m)
Beam: 85 ft (26 m)
Draft: 20 ft (6.1 m)
Propulsion: 2 steam turbines
2 boilers, 600 psi
2 shafts
Speed: 22 knots (25 mph; 41 km/h)

Boats & landing
craft carried: 2 LCACs
Complement: 53 officers, 771 enlisted
Armament: 2 20 mm Phalanx CIWS
2 Mk-38 machine guns
4 .50 machine guns


Outfitted with a large floodable stern section accessed through an enormous operable stern gate, Anchorage served as a launch platform for large landing craft, such as the LCU, as well as a "boat haven" to shelter other small craft utilized in an amphibious landing. The ship was able to provide a minimal degree of naval gunfire support through the use of two sets of twin 3"/50 guns mounted on the 02-level fore and aft. In later years these guns were removed to be replaced with Mk-38 machine guns and two Phalanx CIWS for missile defense. In its final decade of service with the US Navy, it functioned primarily as a platform for two LCAC hovercraft landing vehicles and embarked Marines.

In the ship's 34 years of service, she completed 19 deployments in the western Pacific and became the most decorated dock landing ship on the west coast.

1964 1975

Transported troops and supplies to and from shore with smaller craft at Da Nang, Cam Ranh Bay, Vung Tau, and An Thoi from February 1970 through July 1972

Transported troops and supplies into inland waterway of Qui Nhon Bay during June 1970 and January 1972

Anchorage participated in numerous military operations. In April 1975, Anchorage participated in Operation Frequent Wind, the evacuation of Saigon, Vietnam.

At the end of the Vietnam War, the ship carried Marines back to the United States as a part of the US withdrawal from Vietnam.

1991 2010

In 1991, she served in Operation Desert Storm and later in 2000 she was used to assist the USS Cole (DDG-67) following her bombing in Yemen.

In 1994, she served in Operation Continue Hope in Mogadishu, Somalia. Also while there assisted in Operation Quick Draw and Distant Runner with the Hotel Rwanda incident and Burundi.

In 1996, following completion of a deployment during which she supported Operation Southern Watch in the Persian Gulf, Anchorage entered drydock for its final drydock planned maintenance availability during which it received numerous systems upgrades and modifications.

In July 2003, Anchorage returned to its home port at San Diego, California after supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. She was decommissioned on 1 October 2003.

Anchorage was approved for transfer to Taiwan by the United States Senate in November 2003. Anchorage was scheduled to replace the former Comstock, now Chung Cheng, however the transfer never took place and Anchorage remained at the Inactive Ships Maintenance Facility at Pearl Harbor.

On 17 July 2010, Anchorage was used as a target during RIMPAC for Maverick and Harpoon missiles fired from US Patrol Squadrons VP-5 and VP-40

VA Benefits

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs now recognizes mesothelioma and other asbestos-related and those associated with "Agent Orange" diseases as service-related medical conditions.  This means that veterans with mesothelioma and other such diseases are able to apply for Veteran Affairs (VA) benefits to pay for their treatment. 

The application process for VA benefits is arduous, and some veterans who have mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease you may have a claim.  A veterans' Service Officer can help you with the VA benefits claims process and can guide you through the process of compensation for your military occupational exposure to asbestos, and "Agent Orange."

Contact a Veterans' Service Officer

Because of the long latency period of mesothelioma, and "Agent Orange" many veterans whose tours of duty ended decades ago may just now be facing a mesothelioma or other cancer diagnosis.  We at the DAV have a deep respect and gratitude for the men and women who have served our country in times of war and in times of peace.  It is our honor, as veterans, to help veterans pursue justice after such exposure.  If you have been affected by such military exposure, you may be eligible for compensation.  Please contact a Veterans' Service Officer to schedule a FREE consultation.

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