The third U.S. Navy ship named Portland but the first named exclusively for the city in Oregon. The first Portland, a heavy cruiser (CA-33), named for the city in Maine, served from 1933–1959. The second Portland, a dock landing ship (LSD-37), named for the cities in Maine and Oregon, served from 1970–2004.
(LPD-25: displacement 25,883 (full load), length 684'; beam 105'; draft 23'; speed 22+ knots; complement 396; troop capacity 699 (surge capacity 800); armament 2 30 millimeter (Bushmaster II), 2 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) launchers, 10 .50 caliber machine guns; aircraft, can launch or land 2 CH-53E Super Stallion or 2 MV-22 Osprey or up to 4 CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters or AH-1 or UH-1 helicopters; landing/attack craft 2 air cushion landing craft (LCAC) or 1 utility landing craft (LCU); 14 expeditionary fighting vehicles/amphibious assault vehicles; class San Antonio)
The third Portland (LPD-27) was laid down on 20 May 2013 at Pascagoula, Miss., by Huntington Ingalls Industries – Ingalls Shipbuilding; launched on 13 February 2016; sponsored by Mrs. Bonnie Amos, wife of Gen. James F. Amos, USMC, Commandant of the Marine Corps; delivered on 18 September 2017; commissioned without ceremony on 14 December 2017; and commissioned at Portland, Ore., on 21 April 2018, Capt. Jeremy R. Hill in command.
Detailed history pending.
Mark L. Evans
25 April 2018