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USS Ogden retired after 40 years

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Navy on Wednesday decommissioned the USS Ogden, a ship that had seen three wars and more than 40 years of service.

The Austin class amphibious transport dock, named after the Utah city, 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 both sea and air.

The San Diego-based ship carried Marines on two deployments to Vietnam, and was sent to the Middle East for the Gulf War.

More recently, the Ogden was sent to the Persian 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.