The City of Portland Finally Gets Its Own Warship

The war-ready USS Portland can deploy marines, helicopters, and tilt-rotor aircraft—thankfully not in Portland.

By Marty Patail February 16, 2016

All the USS Portland needs is Coexist bumper sticker on the stern. 

Launched on February 13 from a shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi, the "San Antonio class" destroyer ship will be used for special ops, amphibious assaults, and humanitarian missions around the world. It's capable of deploying 800 marines, CH-53 helicopters, and MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft and, on a more positive note, could be used to combat pirates and provide disaster relief.

The Navy's official description: "LPD 17 class ships are versatile players in maritime security with the ability to support a variety of amphibious assault, special operations or expeditionary warfare missions, operating independently or as part of Amphibious Readiness Groups (ARGs), Expeditionary Strike Groups (ESGs), or Joint Task Forces (JTFs). In addition to performing their primary mission, San Antonio class ships have supported anti-piracy operations, provided humanitarian assistance, and foreign disaster relief operations around the world."

The City of Roses finally has a war machine. Even if it never shows up on the Willamette. 

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