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Portland III (LPD-27)

2018–

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.

III

(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.


Portland makes way at speed as the ship carries out her sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico, 3 July 2017. The Ingalls’ team spends four days on board evaluating the ship and her systems. One of the RAM launchers is visible mounted port side forward. (Lance Davis, U.S. Navy Photograph 170703-N-N0101-001, Commander, Naval Surface Force, Pacific Fleet)
Caption: Portland makes way at speed as the ship carries out her sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico, 3 July 2017. The Ingalls’ team spends four days on board evaluating the ship and her systems. One of the RAM launchers is visible mounted port side forward. (Lance Davis, U.S. Navy Photograph 170703-N-N0101-001, Commander, Naval Surface Force, Pacific Fleet)

Detailed history pending.

Mark L. Evans
25 April 2018

Published: Wed Apr 25 14:52:54 EDT 2018