LPD 4 Austin
Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Origin: United States of America
Parent System: LPD 4 Austin
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1965
Total Production: 12
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Description: LPD 4 Austin class Landing Platform Dock (LPD) are warships that embark, transport, and land elements of a landing force for a variety of expeditionary warfare missions. These ships can transport heavy armored vehicles, landing craft, troops, equipment, and up to six medium helicopters, typically CH-46, in support of amphibious landings. LPD 4 propulsion system includes two boilers, two steam turbines, two shafts developing 24,000 shaft horsepower.
Self-protection weaponry installed on these ships comprises two 25mm Mk 38 guns, two Mk 15 Phalanx guns and eight 12.7mm machine guns. The US Navy commissioned 12 Austin-class LPDs between 1965 and 1971. They served in support of Vietnam war and operations Desert Storm in 1990 and Iraqi Freedom in 2003. The US Navy plans for replacement of these ships by San Antonio class LPDs.
The USS Duluth (LPD-6) was decommissioned at Naval Station San Diego September 28, 2005 after serving the US Navy for 39 years. The US Navy decommissioned amphibious assault ship USS Austin (LPD 4) September 27, 2006, at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia.
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