LPD 5 Ogden
The San Diego-based Austin-class amphibious transport dock USS Ogden (LDP 5) was decommissioned during a ceremony Feb. 21, 2007, at Naval Base San Diego.
USS OGDEN wass one of the mainstays of the Amphibious Force of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. She was commissioned in New York in June 1965, and is the second ship to bear the name OGDEN.
Named for the city of Ogden, Utah, USS OGDEN has the ability to project the power of more than 900 troops, along with their equipment and air support, ashore.
OGDEN is the fifth amphibious transport dock (LPD), the second of the Austin class, designed to give the Navy the capability to simultaneously launch assaults by sea and air. With helicopters and medium landing craft, OGDEN can project ashore more than 900 combat troops with full combat equipment against enemy beaches and inland areas. OGDEN has a length of 570 feet and a beam of 108 feet. When fully loaded, she displaces more than 17,000 tons. All of the OGDEN's capabilities have been tested and proven during 14 extended deployments to the Western Pacific, including support of U.S. Armed Forces in Vietnam, the Persian Gulf during Operation DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM and in Somalia for Operation UNITED SHIELD. OGDEN proudly displays the Navy Unit Commendation, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Battle Efficiency Award, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, and the Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon.
On December 1, 2001 OGDEN once again answered her country's call by deploying nearly 2 months early in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Ogden is currently deployed under PHIBRON THREE as a member of BONHOMME RICHARD Amphibious Ready Group.
The crest of USS OGDEN contains on one side a small flower, and on the other, a bee. The flower represents OGDEN'S continued mission of peace and humanitarian service. The bee represents the ship's response whenever the crew or our nation's allies are threatened. When the time comes, USS OGDEN is like a hive from which emits the swift and potent power of the US Marine Corp.
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