The Official Website of the USS Plymouth Rock Ships Association 

USS Plymouth Rock (LSD29)

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 Website Last Updated June 14, 2018

Ship's Motto: Always the First Landing

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Important Notice

 As of June 14, 2018 we have received only 7 reunion applications for the 2018 reunion in Newport, RI.  You have 15 days to get your Registration Form in to David Dortch.  Registration deadline is June 30, if you are planning to attend the reunion.  We are disappointed as to the sparse response we have received.  If you want  to have a reunion, we need to hear from you ASAP.  The link for the 2018 Registration form is provided again for you.  I will keep you posted as to what is happening.
Bill Provencal, Secretary, USS Plymouth Rock Assoc.

Newsletter 49

NOTICE:  I made a mistake and listed the phone numbers for the Mainstay Hotel in the Registration Form for the reuinion and in the Newsletter.  Should read 1-855-213-0582 or 1-401-849-9800. 

Shorty Cyr reported that some shipmates had inquired as to what airport to fly into the reunion.  Airport is:  TF Green Airport, 2000 Post Rd., Warwick, RI.

Click here to access the latest newsletter Newsletter 49 (January - April 2018) in PDF format.

Click here to access the 2018 Reunion Registration form in .PDF format.  Registration form is due June 30, 2018. 

2018 Ships Reunion

We will have reservations at the Mainstay Hotel on October 8, 9, 10 2018.  The hotel is located at 151 Admiral Kalifus Rd., Newport, RI   1-855-213-0582 or 1-401-849-0880

Newport is a city set on Aquidneck Island in the New England state of Rhode Island. Its yacht-filled harbor hosted the America’s Cup, a renowned annual sailing regatta, for many years. Newport is also known for the Gilded Age mansions lining Bellevue Avenue, some of which are now museums. The most famous is The Breakers, an 1895 mansion patterned after a Renaissance palace.

      The Naval War College is located in Newport. A tour can be arranged, but those interested will have to provide valid drivers license or valid passport  and social security number about a month prior to the reunion. This info has to be forwarded to the base information officer and approved before entry will be allowed. 

        The downtown area is scenic with numerous shops, pubs and restaurants. The oldest tavern in the U.S. is located in downtown Newport. The most recommended local restaurant is Anthony's Seafood located at 963 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown , RI. 

   The Mainstay Hotel has a bar/ restaurant . No complimentary breakfast is provided. A Continental Breakfast can be arranged at the rate of $8.95 + 8% tax+ 20% gratuity / person. A 30 person minimum is required. Check in at the hotel is 3:00 pm. Check out is 11:00am. A hospitality room will be provided. The hotel kitchen can accommodate dinner banquet menus and banquet buffet menus.  Group rate is $70.00/ night plus state and local taxes

Situated in beautiful Newport Rhode Island The Mainstay Hotel & Conference Center has everything one might want in accommodations. The Mainstay Hotel & Conference Center is right across the street from the very popular Newport Grand Casino, and also boasts three meeting rooms and one banquet room to hold your functions. In dining we have a full service restaurant, The North End Steakhouse, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.      

Things to see in the Newport Area

The 2018 Ships Reunion is scheduled for Newport, RI for October 8, 9, 10 .  Tentative possibilities for things to do include: 
     Cliff Walk:     
The Cliff Walk along the eastern shore of Newport, RI is world famous as a public access walk that combines the natural beauty of the Newport shoreline with the architectural history of Newport's gilded age. Wildflowers, birds, geology ... all add to this delightful walk. 

Naval War College Museum, in Newport.  National Historic Landmark and home to the Naval War College Museum. Named Founders Hall in honor of the founding fathers of the College  

Newport Mansions along Millionaires Mile and Ocean Drive.  The seaside city of Newport, Rhode Island, has long been home to some of the most affluent families in America. Spend a day exploring the gilded homes and extravagant lifestyles of these rich and famous.

 Battleship Cove, Fall River, MA  USS Massachusetts, BB59. USS Joseph Kennedy, DD850, PT Boats, Kinddensee A Soviet-built missile corvette.  All within a short drive from Newport.

USS Constitution in Boston.  USS Constitution is a wooden-hulled, three master heavy frigate of the United States Navy, named by President George Washington after the Constitution of the United States of America.  She is the oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat. 

Naval Station, Newport.  The Naval Station Newport is a United States Navy base located in the city of Newport and the town of Middletown, Rhode Island. Naval Station Newport is home to the Naval War College and the Naval Justice School.

Fort Adams State Park.
             These are just some of the possibilities.
  I am going with the idea that the site seeing will be will be at ones pleasure, except for the naval war museum

As additional information becomes available, it will be posted here as well as in the first page of the Ships Website.  For additional information, contact:
Shorty Cyr, BM3, e-mail:, 203-753-6220
Bill  Haynie,EN3 e-mail:, 864-934-2900


Paid Dues Members as of February 4, 2018

I have just completed updating our listing of all dues paying members as of February 4th.  If you did not receive the latest newsletter because of unpaid dues,  check the listings that we have,  please let David Dortch know as soon as possible if we are in error.  His e-mail address is

Recap on the Reunion in 2016

The 2016 reunion has come and gone.  I am in the process of pulling together information and pictures from the reunion in Pensacola, FL.  Click here to access that information I have accumulated at this point.


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:  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.










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Plymouth MA landing site of the original pilgrims and the Plymouth Rock
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USS Plymouth Rock (LSD-29), 1954-1995

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 carry two.

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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