LSD 37 Portland
The crew of Portland is comprised of members in 28 different ratings that work as a team to accomplish a variety of missions and assignments.
Its primary mission is to conduct amphibious operations in support of our National Military Strategy. An Amphibious operation is an attack launched from the sea by naval and landing forces, embarked in ships or craft involving a landing on a hostile or potentially hostile shore. Secondary missions include humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and noncombatant evacuation operations.
Together, the Navy and Marine Corps Team help promote peace and stability, provide a forward military presence and are ready to conduct rapid and sustained combat operations on a global scale.
The first USS PORTLAND (CA-33), a heavy cruiser, was commissioned in 1933 and operated extensively in the Pacific Theater during World War II. After the Pearl Harbor attack, Which sank or disabled the battle fleet stationed there, the Portland with its nine 8-inch guns was the largest gunship in the region until late 1942. Although often outgunned by the Japanese fleet and severely damaged by a torpedo in the Battle of Guadalcanal, she participated in almost every major naval engagement and survived the duration of the war. While operating in the Pacific Theater, Portland was credited with sinking two destroyers, shooting down more than a dozen airplanes and assisting in the sinking of three battleships. She was also responsible for the sinking of a Japanese submarine.
Today's Portland carries on this same standard of pride, duty and service in honor of her predecessor.
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