February 11th, 2014, 6:08 pm #1
USS Denver (LPD-9) is about to reach the end of its service
The USS Denver (LPD-9), an Austin class amphibious transport dock is about to reach the end of its U.S. service. Commissioned on October 26, 1968, she is currently the oldest active commissioned ship and the third oldest commissioned ship, behind the USS Constitution and USS Pueblo (AGER-2). It will sail from Japan for Pearl Harbor this summer and will be formally decommissioned on September 30, 2014.
However, it may not be the end for this ship. The ship will not immediately be stricken from the Naval Vessel Register and instead will go into mothballs. However, the ship has been offered for sale to Malaysia, so it may very well live on for several more years in service.
The USS Green Bay (LPD-20) will eventually replace the USS Denver in Japan.
February 11th, 2014, 6:12 pm #2
February 11th, 2014, 7:08 pm #3
What is interesting is the new "oldest" ship, which will be the USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19), a Blue Ridge class command ship. November 14, 1970 and is expected to stay in service until 2039, which would give it an almost 70 year service life. It is the Command Ship of the 7th Fleet in Japan. That is truly amazing durability.
February 11th, 2014, 10:02 pm #4
USNS John Glen
Non nobis Domine, non nobis, sed nomini tuo da gloriam.
February 12th, 2014, 3:51 pm #5
I remember her. She was part of our WestPac fleet back in 1998 (I was on the USS Tarawa). I had no idea she was so old.
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