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USS Pensacola (LSD 38)

- decommissioned -

USS PENSACOLA was the third ANCHORAGE-class Dock Landing Ship and the fourth ship in the Navy to bear the name of the bay and city in Escambia County, Fla.

PENSACOLA was stricken from the Navy list on September 30, 1999, and sold to Taiwan the same day. There, the ship was renamed SHUI HAI and is still commissioned.

General Characteristics:Awarded: February 25, 1966
Keel laid: March 12, 1969
Launched: July 11, 1970
Commissioned: March 27, 1971
Decommissioned: September 30, 1999
Builder: General Dynamics, Quincy, Mass.
Propulsion system: two 600 psi boilers
Propellers: two
Length: 553 feet (168.6 meters)
Beam: 85 feet (25.9 meters)
Draft: 18 feet (5.5 meters)
Displacement: approx. 14,000 tons full load
Speed: 22 knots
Well deck capacity: three LCAC
Aircraft: none, but helicopter platform
Crew: Ship: 18 officers, 340 enlisted
Marine Detachment: 330 Marines
Armament: two 20mm Phalanx CIWS, two Mk-38 Machine Guns, four .50 Machine Guns


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS PENSACOLA. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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Accidents aboard USS PENSACOLA:

DateWhereEvents
early 1990sUS east coastUSS PENSACOLA's commanding officer was relieved for running the ship aground. The ship experienced minor vibrations and divers discovered the propeller bent. Although there is still some speculation as to whether the ship actually ran aground. Some still think the the damage occured while the ship was pierside in Little Creek and struck bottom during a storm.

Information by TJ Tropea, former crewmember of PENSACOLA 1995-96
1995MediterraneanUSS PENSACOLA's suffers a major fuel leak in one of its engine rooms causing the ship to go to General Quarters. Nobody is injured.

Information by TJ Tropea, former crewmember of PENSACOLA 1995-96
1996US east coastWhile enroute to Newport, Rhode Island, USS PENSACOLA runs aground.

Information by TJ Tropea, former crewmember of PENSACOLA 1995-96


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