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USS Ponce (LPD-15)
United States Marine Corps
Strength
Landing Ship, Dock
Type
Surface Vessel
Years
1970 - Present
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Members Who Served in This Unit

Allen, Erika, Cpl
Status
USMC Veteran
Service Years
2006 - 2011
MOS
3043-Supply Administration & Operations Clerk
Primary Unit
USS Ponce (LPD-15)
Home State
Colorado
Home Town
Not Specified
Anderson, Michael, SSgt
Status
USMC Veteran
Service Years
1979 - 1990
MOS
0341-Mortar Man
Primary Unit
1st Bn, 9th Marine Regiment (1/9)
Home State
Florida
Home Town
Not Specified
Ashton, Joe, Cpl
Status
USMC Veteran
Service Years
1982 - 1986
MOS
0341-Mortar Man
Primary Unit
2nd Marine Division
Home State
Massachusetts
Home Town
Not Specified
Avery, Robert, GySgt
Status
USMC Retired
Service Years
0 - 0
MOS
2591-Operational Communication Chief
Primary Unit
Marine Barracks Washington DC, 8th & I
Home State
Maryland
Home Town
Not Specified
Barth, Raymond, MSgt
Status
USMC Retired
Service Years
1995 - 2016
MOS
0369-Infantry Unit Leader
Primary Unit
G-3, HQ Bn, 2nd Marine Division
Home State
North Carolina
Home Town
Not Specified
Bingaman II, Robert, GySgt
Status
USMC Active
Service Years
1993 - 2100
MOS
3381-Food Service Specialist
Primary Unit
MCB Camp Lejeune, NC
Home State
North Carolina
Home Town
Not Specified

Unit Description



































USS Ponce (AFSB(I)-15)
(formerly LPD-15), is an Austin-class amphibious transport dock of the United States Navy. Commissioned in 1971, she spent most of her career based on the East Coast and operating in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, serving in Operation Desert Shield and supporting US operations in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. It was intended that the ship would be decommissioned in 2012, but she gained a reprieve to be converted at short notice into a testbed for the Afloat Forward Staging Base concept, in which she would act as a base for mine-sweeping MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopters in the Persian Gulf. Since the conversion, Ponce has been used to test other ideas and technologies, such as the Laser Weapon System and operating United States Army attack helicopters at sea.

Austin Class Amphibious Transport Dock:
  • Laid down, 31 October 1966, at Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction, Seattle WA.
  • Launched, 20 May 1970
  • Commissioned USS Ponce (LPD-15, 10 July 1971, CAPT George W. Farris USN in command
  • Ponce was assigned to Amphibious Squadron Six, Amphibious Group Two, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic and is homeported at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, VA.
  • Redesignated Advanced Forward Staging Base (Interim) AFSB(I), 31 March 2012
    Specifications:
    Displacement 8,894 t.(lt), 16,590 t.(fl)
    Length 570'
    Beam 100'
    Draft 23 ft.
    Speed 21 kts.
    Complement
    28 Officers
    480 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    72 Officers
    851 Enlisted
    Flag Staff Accommodations 90
    Assault Craft (well deck capacity) one LCU, or two LCM-8 or four LCM-6
    Boats
    two LCPL
    one motor whaleboat
    Armament
    (As Built)
    four twin 3"/50 gun mounts
    (Modernized)
    two 25mm MK38 chain guns
    two Phalanx CIWS
    eight 50 cal. machine guns
    Aircraft two CH-46/CH-53 or four UH-1/AH-1, or two AV-8B Harriers
    Propulsion
    two Foster-Wheeler boilers
    two DeLaval steam turbines
    two propellers, 24,000 shaft horsepower

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