USS Ashland (LSD 1) Pictures

A collection of pictures of USS Ashland (LSD-1) and (LSD-48), plus pictures of Ashland reunions.

Dividing Line

Dividing Line

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USS Tortuga (LSD-26) ballasted down.  A good example of the use of the LSD to embark and debark landing craft and other vessels.   Ballast tanks located on each side of the ship are filled with water.  The stern gate is opened and as the LSD settles down into the water, the water enters the well deck.   Ballasting down stops when sufficient water is in the well deck to launch or receive vessels.   When the water is pumped from the tank, the ship rises and the water in the well deck drains back into the sea.   The stern gate is then closed.

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