The Official Website of the USS Plymouth Rock Ships Association
USS Plymouth Rock (LSD29)
Website Last Updated July 23, 2018
Ship's Motto: Always the First Landing
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Click here to access the latest newsletter Newsletter 49 (January - April 2018) in PDF format.
Notice, as of 7/16/18, The 2018 Reunion has been cancelled
USS Plymouth Rock (LSD29) Association
After speaking with the Association Officers in the last few days,
it is the opinion of all of us to cancel the 2018 Reunion. We all feel
that the small amount of reservations received indicates minimal interest in
the reunion. This has not been an easy decision for any of us, but with
declining membership we felt it was best to cancel the 2018 reunion in
We have yet to decide on the continuation of the Association.
We will continue to operate through December, 2018
and depending on the interest from our members we will make a decision at
What we need first of all is someone to step up to the plate
and assume the role of President.
Without a President we cannot continue to function
as a viable Association.
We plan to keep all of you informed as to our status
through the ships Newsletter.
Thank you for all the support you have given us for the past 19
Without it we would not have been able to enjoy the reunions
we have had, publish the newsletters and continue with the website.
Tom Wagner, Bill Haynie, David Dortch, Bill Provencal and Shorty Cyr
If we are to continue as a viable association, we need some volunteers for positions in the Ships Asssociation.
The first position we need to fill is that of President. Tom Wagner, our current President has indicted that that he is resigning. The position includes the responsiblility of managing the Association, communicating with other officers as needed, it is an absolute requirement that we have a President. If you are interested in this, please communicate your wishes to either myself Bill Provencal at firstname.lastname@example.org or David Dortch at email@example.com
JUST WHAT YOU NEED FOR THOSE COOL FALL AND WINTER NIGHTS
The Ships Association is introducing a new sweatshirt for the low price for sizes S to XL $30; XXL $ 35; XXXL $37. which includes postage shipping. The following sizes are available: Med./Lge./XL/XXL and XXXL. THE SHIRT WILL HAVE THE SAME LOGO AS THE TEE SHIRT .To order contact Shorty Cyr, BM3, 119 Pinecrest Drive, Waterbury, CT 06708, Phone #203-753-6220, e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org All orders must be accompanied by a check. Checks must be made out to the USS Plymouth Rock Association. To access the ships store, click here.
Plymouth MA landing site of the
original pilgrims and the Plymouth Rock
USS Plymouth Rock, a 11,270-ton Thomaston class dock landing ship, was built at Pascagoula, Mississippi. Commissioned on November 29, 1954, she was assigned to the Atlantic Fleet. Over the next three decades, Plymouth Rock deployed regularly to the Caribbean area, made several cruises with the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean, and occasionally visited northern Europe and South America. She also participated in Arctic Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line support operations in 1955 and 1957, a Project "Mercury" space flight support mission in 1961, the Cuban Missile Crisis blockade in 1962, the Palomares nuclear weapons recovery effort in 1966, weapons development efforts, disaster relief undertakings, and a large number of Amphibious exercises. USS Plymouth Rock was decommissioned in September 1983. Following a decade in the Reserve Fleet, she was sold for scrapping in September 1995.
(Dock Landing Ship)
Image below is the USS Ashland (LSD1). Photo contributed by Norm Jepson, BMSN
This hybrid sea going vessel was initially conceived in November, 1941. As the design progressed and developed, the Tank Landing Craft (TLC) was re-designated an Artillery Transport, Mechanized (APM) - 8 vessels (APM 1-8), were authorized for the U. S. Navy and 7 vessels - (BAPM 1-7) were ordered for the Royal Navy under the Lend Lease Act. Before actual construction of these 15 vessels began, the designator was again changed, this time, to Landing Ship, Dock (LSD). The Navy twice expanded orders of the design during WWII - first to total 19 vessels, then to total 27 LSDs.
Landing Ship, Docks (LSDs) were designed to transport loaded landing craft, amphibious vehicles and troops into an amphibious landing area; ballast down to flood their well decks; lower the stern gate to the sea, and disembark their craft and vehicles for the assault on a hostile beach. Once a beachhead was established, they acted as offshore repair docks for damaged ships, craft and vehicles up to Landing Ship Medium (LSM) and Landing Ship Infantry (LSI) sizes. In at least one reported case, the bow of a Destroyer Escort (DE) was docked for emergency repairs. Equipped with their long dry docks; shipfitter's shop; machine shop; and a carpentry shop; these vessels were able to handle extensive repairs at the scene of the assault. The first 27 of the LSD design were considered prototypes. As soon as one LSD was launched, commissioned and tested in actual combat conditions, successive launchings of the LSDs reflected the latest improvements in armament and transport capacity with their "super" or "portable" prefabricated decks. The end result, is that no two LSDs of the World War II design are exactly alike!
The current Harper's Ferry Class
(LSD-49 thru LSD 52) can deliver up to two LCAC (Landing Craft, Air Cushion) or a larger
number of conventional landing craft, plus transport some 402 Marines, as well as an
additional short distance transport of 102 more. There are also two other classes
currently in operation; Whidbey Island LSD-41 thru LSD-48, and Anchorage class, LSD-36
thru LSD40. The Whidbey Island class can carry up to 4 LCAC while the
others can only
A typical ARG (Amphibious Ready Group) of Marines embarks an LHA or LHD-Amphibious Assault Ship, an LSD-Dock Landing Ship, and an LPH-Amphibious Transport Dock
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