Navy decommissions 42-year-old ship

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The Navy on Wednesday decommissioned the Ogden, a ship that had seen three wars and more than 40 years of service.

The Austin-class amphibious transport dock, named after the city in Utah, was built in New York at the start of the Vietnam War. The vessel was commissioned in 1965 and was capable of launching assaults by sea and air.

The San Diego-based ship carried Marines on two deployments to Vietnam and was sent to the Middle East for the 1991 Persian Gulf War. More recently, the Ogden was sent to the gulf to support the war in Iraq, where it was used to protect oil terminals and as a staging base to train Iraqi sailors, according to a Navy statement.