A city in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, named after the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon, discoverer of Florida, first governor of Puerto Rico.
(LPD15: dp. 16,900; l. 570; b. 84; dr. 23; s. 20 k.; cpl. 490; a. 8 3; cl. Cleveland)
Ponce was laid down 31 October 1966 by the Lockheed SB & Const. Co., Seattle, Wash.; launched 20 May 1970; sponsored by Mrs. John J. Hyland, and scheduled to commission in July 1971.