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LSD-26 USS Tortuha

A port bow view of the amphibious transport dock USS PLYMOUTH ROCK (LSD 29) underway

A starboard bow view of the amphibious transport dock USS PLYMOUTH ROCK (LSD 29) lowering a boat

A starboard view of the amphibious transport dock USS PLYMOUTH ROCK (LSD 29) lowering a boat

A starboard beam view of the amphibious transport dock USS PLYMOUTH ROCK (LSD 29) underway

A port view of the amphibious transport dock USS PLYMOUTH ROCK (LSD 29) underway

A Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 74 (HS-74) SH-2 Sea King helicopter parked on the helicopter pad of the amphibious transport dock USS PLYMOUTH ROCK (LSD 29)

A starboard quarter view of the amphibious transport dock USS PLYMOUTH ROCK (LSD 29) underway

Tied up at the dock is the dock landing ship USS ALAMO (LSD-33)

Marines of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM-165) aboard the amphibious assault ship USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA-3) adjust a flight deck helmet on a Vietnamese boy, one of the group of Vietnamese people brought aboard the ship. The Vietnamese are being readied for transfer to the dock landing ship USS THOMASTON (LSD-28)

Prior to the arrival of the amphibious assault ship USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA-3) in Singapore, the Vietnamese people are being given life preservers and flight deck crewmen helmets for the transfer to the dock landing ship USS THOMASTON (LSD-28)

VADM Brigido of the Brazilian navy, inspects the U.S. Marine Detachment aboard the dock landing ship, USS PLYMOUTH ROCK (LSD-29), prior to the joint amphibious landing exercise, Unitas XXII. Marines from several countries in South America are participating in the exercise

Aboard the dock landing ship, USS PLYMOUTH ROCK (LSD-29), U.S. Marine 1LT William Henderson from Co. K, 3rd Bn., 6th Mar., gives a group of Dutch Marines an orientation on the LVTP-7 tracked landing vehicle, prior to their joint amphibious landing exercise, Unitas XXII, on St. Eustatious

While aboard the dock landing ship, USS PLYMOUTH ROCK (LSD-29), Marine PVT from Co. K, 3rd Bn., 6th Mar., cleans his M-16A1 machine gun as three Dutch Marines look at the barrel assemble group. The Marines are preparing to participate in the joint amphibious landing exercise, Unitas XXII

While aboard the dock landing ship, USS PLYMOUTH ROCK (LSD-29), LCPL William Robb of Weapons Co., 3rd Bn., 6th Mar., shows a group of Colombian Marines how to hold an M-60A1 machine gun in the off-hand position. The Marines are preparing for the joint amphibious landing exercise, Unitas XXII

During a personnel inspection of the U.S. Marine detachment aboard the dock landing ship, USS PLYMOUTH ROCK (LSD-29), VADM Brigido of the Brazilian navy, speaks to LCPL Trujillio, Co. K, 3rd Bn., 6th Mar. The Marines are here to participate in the amphibious landing exercise, Unitas XXII

An aerial view of various ships and service craft, including the tank landing ship USS LA MOURE COUNTY (LST 1194), center, the dock landing ship USS PORTLAND (LSD 37) and the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD 13), left, moored at the Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek

An aerial view of various ships and service craft, including the tank landing ship USS LA MOURE COUNTY (LST 1194), right, the dock landing ship USS PORTLAND (LSD 37) and the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD 13), left, moored at the Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek

While aboard the dock landing ship, USS PLYMOUTH ROCK (LSD-29), LCPL Trujillio shows a Peruvian Marine the operation of his M-16A1 rifle. Trujillio is here with Co. 3rd Bn., 6th Mar., to participate in Operation exercise Unitas XXII with many South American countries

American and Ecuadorian Marines stand in formation aboard the dock landing ship USS PLYMOUTH ROCK (LSD-29) as GYSGT Offutt of the U.S. Marine Corps passes on information about the upcoming Operation Unitas XXII. Military men from many South American countries will be participating in the operation

American and Ecuadorian Marines return to the dock landing ship USS PLYMOUTH ROCK (LSD-29) aboard an LVTP-7 tracked landing vehicle. They have just completed the joint amphibious landing exercise Unitas XXII

PHCS Ron Bayles Subic Bay, Philippines....Two crewmen from the dock landing ship USS Monticello (LSD-35) overlook amphibious assault operations mechanized landing craft come ashore. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

An aerial port beam view of the Anchorage-class dock landing ship USS MOUNT VERNON (LSD 39) supporting a Marine Corps amphibious beach assault exercise

A starboard quarter view of the dock landing ship USS MOUNT VERNON (LSD 39) as it departs Subic Bay

Landing craft approach Tok Sok Ri Beach while the dock landing ship USS MONTICELLO (LSD-35) and a tank landing ship are anchored off shore during exercise Team Spirit '82

Artist's conception of a Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) operation from the dock landing ship (LSD-41) still under construction

Signalman 3rd Class (SM3) Steve Woods, using a signal searchlight, SM2 Ron Lindgren, using sound powered phones, and SM1 Mike Tullgren, center, practice sending messages from the tank landing ship USS FRESNO (LST-1182) to the dock landing ship USS MOUNT VERNON (LSD-39) during exercise Team Spirit '82

An LVTP-7 tracked landing vehicle comes ashore during a beach assault, part of Operation Ocean Venture '82. The dock landing ship USS THOMASTON (LSD-28) is in the background

A port beam view of the dock landing ship USS THOMASTON (LSD-28) standing off shore during Operation Ocean Venture '82

A port bow view of the utility landing craft (LCU-1653). The LCU is being used to assist on the transfer of approximately 600 Americans and third nation personnel, to the amphibious ships USS NASHVILLE (LPD-13) and USS HERMITAGE (LSD-34), during the evacuation from Beirut

Navy personnel check people coming aboard a utility landing craft. Approximately 600 Americans and third nation personnel are being transferred to the amphibious ships USS NASHVILLE (LPD-13) and USS HERMITAGE (LSD-34) during the evacuation from Beirut

A starboard view of the dock landing ship USS HERMITAGE (LSD-34) underway. The HERMITAGE, part or Task Group 6, is taking part in the transfer of Americans and third nation personnel from Juniyah, Lebanon, to Larnaca, Cyprus

An M-35 cargo truck is backed on to a mechanized landing craft (LCM) from the dock landing ship USS PORTLAND (LSD-37) in preparation for a landing on the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico. The men and equipment are a part of Operation Unitas XXIII

RADM W.A. Walsh, commander, Amphibious Group Eastern Pacific speaks at the keel laying ceremony for the dock landing ship (LSD-42)

A view of part of the keel being laid for the dock landing ship (LSD-42)

While aboard the dock landing ship USS PORTLAND (LSD-37) members of Operation Unitas XXIII are given training on ways to cross a monkey bridge

Aerial starboard bow view of the dock landing ship USS HERMITAGE (LSD-34) off the coast of Lebanon, during a multinational peacekeeping operation. The ship was deployed here after a confrontation took place between Israeli forces and the Palestine Liberation Organization

Captain Phillip F. Carothers Jr., observes as Rear Admiral A. Walsh, commander of the Amphibious Group, Eastern Pacific, signs the keel of the dock landing ship LSD 42 during a ceremony at the Lockheed Shipyard

A crane at the Lockheed Shipyard hoists the keel of the dock landing ship (LSD 42) onto a shipyard barge for the "signing of the keel" ceremony

Assistant Secretary of the Navy George A. Swayer speaks on behalf of the Secretary of the Navy during the launching ceremony for the dock landing ship WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD 41) at the Lockheed Shipyard

Admiral John G. Williams Jr., chief of Naval Material, speaks to guest and spectators attending the launching ceremony for the dock landing ship WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD 41) at the Lockheed Shipyard

A port bow view of the dock landing ship WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD 41) just after being launched during a ceremony at the Lockheed Shipyard

A bow view of the dock landing ship WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD-41) as it slides down the ways into the Duwamish River during its launching ceremony

Lawrence Kitchen, the president and chief operating officer of the Lockheed Corporation, addresses guest and spectators attending the launching ceremony for the dock landing ship WHIDBEY ISALAND (LSD 41) at the Lockheed Shipyard

Sally Gorton, wife of Sen. Slade Gorton, R-Washington, christens the dock landing ship WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD 41) during the ship's launching ceremony at the Lockheed Shipyard. Observing are, left to right, Sarah Gorton, Diedre Kelly and Captain Phillip F. Carothers

Major General Ernest C. Cheatham Jr., commander of the 1ST Marine Amphibious Force and the 1ST Marine Division, addresses guest attending the launching ceremony for the dock landing ship WHIDBEY ISALAND (LSD 41) at the Lockheed Shipyard

James F. Goodrich, undersecretary of the Navy, addresses guest and spectators attending the launching ceremony for the dock landing ship WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD 41) at the Lockheed Shipyard

Observing the launching of the dock landing ship WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD 41) are, from left to right, Captain Phillip F. Carothers, Diedre Kelly, Sarah Gorton and Sally Gorton, wife of Sen. Slade Gorton, R-Washington

A stern view of the dock landing ship (LSD-42) under construction at the Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company

A distant stern view of the dock landing ship WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD-41) under construction at the Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company

A starboard quarter view of the dock landing ship WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD-41) under construction at the Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company

A starboard quarter view of the dock landing ship WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD-41) under construction at the Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company

A starboard quarter view of the dock landing ship WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD-41) under construction at the Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company

A starboard quarter view of the dock landing ship PLYMOUTH ROCK (LSD 29) moored at the Navy's deactivated ships pier, located across from the Norfolk Naval Shipyard on the James River. The PLYMOUTH ROCK was towed here from Little Creek, Virginia, after decommissioning on September 29, 1983

A starboard quarter view of the dock landing ship USS PENSACOLA (LSD 38) being used for a beach assault during the AHUAS TARA II (BIG PINE) operation

The Amphibious Assault Landing Craft Jeff-B (AALC) enters the docking well of the dock landing ship USS SPIEGEL GROVE (LSD-32) during operations off the coast of Florida

The amphibious assault landing craft Jeff-B (AALC) approaches the docking well of the dock landing ship USS SPIEGEL GROVE (LSD 32) during operations off the coast of Florida

An elevated starboard bow view of the dock landing ship USS FORT SNELLING (LSD 30) underway off the coast of Lebanon

A silhouetted starboard bow view of the tank landing ship USS BARNSTABLE COUNTY (LST 1197) underway off the coast of Lebanon. The dock landing ship USS FORT SNELLING (LSD 30) is visible on the horizon

An elevated starboard bow view of the dock landing ship USS PORTLAND (LSD-37) underway during Exercise Ocean Venture '84

A utility landing craft and two Marine Corps LVTP-7 tracked landing vehicles, personnel, leave from the open stern door of the dock landing ship USS PORTLAND (LSD-37) during Exercise Ocean Venture '84

An elevated starboard bow view of the dock landing ship USS PORTLAND (LSD 37) underway during Exercise OCEAN VENTURE '84. The wake of an amphibious landing vehicle is in the background

Captain Phillip F. Carothers Jr., Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, Seattle, addresses guests attending the launching ceremony for the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42)

The dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) floats in the Duwamish River during its launching ceremony

Members of the launching party for the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42), include, from left to right: Rear Admiral Robert F. Fountain Jr., Lawrence O. Kitchen, Rear Admiral L. S. Severance Jr., Roy A. Anderson, General P. X. Kelley, Lawrence A. Smith, and Commodore Bruce R. Boland

The dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) slides off the ways into the Duwamish River during its launching ceremony

The dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) slides down the ways into the Duwamish River during its launching ceremony

A stern view of the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) on the ways prior to launching

Aft keel block and port cradle supporting the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) on the ways prior to launching

General P. X. Kelley, Commandant of the Marine Corps, delivers the principal speakers address during the launching ceremony for the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42)

Keel blocks and the launching trigger underneath the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) prior to launching

The dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) slides down the ways into the Duwamish River during its launching ceremony

The keel (looking forward) of the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) as it rests on the ways prior to launching

A starboard bow view of the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) on the ways prior to launching

The propellers and rudders of the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) as it rests on the ways prior to launching

A port bow view of the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) in the Duwamish River after its launching ceremony. One tug comes alongside at the stern while another sprays fountains of water to celebrate the launch

Rear Admiral Robert R. Fountain Jr., Assistant Deputy Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, addresses guests attending the launching ceremony for the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42)

The propellers and rudders of the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42), as a work crew makes final preparations for launching

A starboard view of the bulbous bow of the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) on the ways prior to launching

Mrs. Paul Xavier Kelley, sponsor, and Miss Hwa Young Kang, flower girl, at the launching ceremony for the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42). Mrs. Kelley is the wife of General P. X. Kelly, Commandant of the Marine Corps, and Miss Kang is the daughter of a Lockheed Shipbuilding Company electrician

Launching party for the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42), left to right: Sergeant Major R. E. Cleary, USMC; Captain T. Hunter, British Royal Marines; Commander W. J. Metzger, Rear Admiral R. R. Fountain Jr., Rear Admiral L. S. Severance Jr., General P. X. Kelley, Commodore B. R. Boland, Captain J. F. Brennan, Lieutenant Commander R. T. Rockwell, Commander P. W. Brawley, and Captain C. H. Piersall Jr.

Attending the launching ceremony for the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42), are, from left to right; D. F. Tellman, Director, LSD Program Management, Lockheed Shipbuilding Company, Mrs. Paul X. Kelley, sponsor; Captain Phillip F. Carothers Jr., Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, Seattle, Washington and Miss Hwa Young Kang, flower girl

A Marine Corps color guard from the 4th Landing Support Battalion, Naval Base Seattle, presents the colors during the launching ceremony for the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42). Distinguished guests stand at attention on the platform above

Lawrence A. Smith, Group President, Lockheed Marine Systems Group, welcomes guests and introduces the launching party during the launching ceremony for the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42)

General P. X. Kelley, Commandant of the Marine Corps, sponsor, and his wife, Barbara, sponsor of the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42), during the ship's launching ceremony. They are posing beside a model of the GERMANTOWN

A port bow view of the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) on the ways as work crews prepare the launching platform for the launching ceremony

CAPT. Joseph F. Brennan, CHC, USN Command Chaplain, Naval Base Seattle, delivers the invocation during the launching ceremony for the dock landing ship GERMANTOWN (LSD-42). Behind him are, from left to right; GEN. P. D. Kelley, Commandant of the Marine Corps; Clarence E. Briggs, Pacific Coast Metal Trades; Commodore Bruce R. Boland; and Capt. Charles H. Piersall Jr

A bow view of the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) on the ways as work crews prepare it for launching

A bow view of the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) on the ways as work crews prepare it for launching

Roy A. Anderson, Chairman of the Board and CHIEF Executive Officer of Lockheed Corporation, addresses guests attending the launching ceremony for the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42)

Lawrence O. Kitchen, President and CHIEF Operating Officer of Lockheed Corporation, addresses guests attending the launching ceremony for the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42)

Supports under the starboard bow of the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) as it rests on the ways prior to launching

Captain Charles H. Piersall Jr., Amphibious Ship Acquisition Project Manager, Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, addresses guests attending the launching ceremony for the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42)

The port cradle supporting the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) on the ways prior to launching

Mrs. P. X. Kelley, sponsor, christens the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) during the ship's launching ceremony. Mrs. Kelley is the wife of General P. X. Kelley, Commandant of the Marine Corps

Starboard keel blocks supporting the aft section of the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) on the ways prior to launching. The starboard propeller shaft and propeller are visible on the left

The Marine Corps Band from Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California, provides the music for the launching ceremony for the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42). First Lieutenant David L. Robins conducts the band

Members of the launching party for the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42), include, from left to right: Rear Admiral Robert F. Fountain Jr., Assistant Deputy Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command; Rear Admiral L. S. Severance Jr., General P. X. Kelley, Commandant of the Marine Corps; and Commodore Bruce R. Boland

The forward starboard cradle supporting the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 4) on the ways prior to launching

Aerial view of the Naval Station. Some of the ships docked are the dock landing ship USS MONTICELLO (LSD 35), the guided missile cruiser USS FOX (CG 33), and the tank landing ships USS TUSCALOOSA (LST 1189), USS BRISTOL COUNTY (LST 1198), USS FRESNO (LST 1182), and the amphibious assault ship USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA 3)