AUSTIN class

The Austin class landing transport dock (LPD) is a development of the previous Raleigh class LPD vessels. They entered service between 1965 and 1971, and the last units of the class have been withdrawn in 2017. The Austin class was lenghthened 15 meters, allowing a greater load capacity, reaching up to 3,900 tons. They could carry up to six CH-46 Sea knight helicopters, although they could only operate with them one by one. This ships have participated in all the United States naval operations since the 60s to the present, highlighting the Vietnam War and the Gulf War, as well as many succesful missions around the world.

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Country of origin

United States


New York Naval Shipyard – Ingalls shipbuilding – Lockheed shipbuilding


Landing plattform dock ship

Entered service

1965 to 1971



Displacement, (full load)

16,900 tonnes

Dimensions (length x beam x draught)

173.80 x 32.00 x 6.70 meters


2 boilers – 2 steam geared turbines

Power, (total)

24,000 shp

Shafts - Screws

2 shafts – 2 screws


21 Knots (40 km/h)


8,865 n. miles (16,400 km)

Load capacity

3,900 tonnes
930 troops plus 24 x AAV or 2 × LCAC or 9 × LCM.6 or 4 × LCM.8


6 x CH.46 Seaknight


2 x 25mm Mk.38 guns + 2 × 20mm six barreled Vulcan Phalanx CIWS

Machine guns

8 x 12.7mm


12 ships: 11 decommissioned by the US Navy, 1 active with the Indian Navy