We’re proud to welcome USS Ashland (LSD-48) to LA Fleet Week 2023!


Commanding Officer: CDR Dirk C. Sonnenberg

Executive Officer: CDR Dana Scott Canby

Command Master Chief: CMDCM Robert B. Strupczewski


Homeport: San Diego, Calif.

Motto: Deliver Liberty, Defend Freedom

Class and Type: Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship (LSD)


USS Ashland is the eighth Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship and the second U.S. Navy ship to be named for Ashland, the home of Henry Clay, in Lexington, Kentucky.


Length 610’

Beam 84′ 

Draft: 21 ft.

Displacement 16,883 tons (full load)

Speed: 22 kts.

Crew: 20 Officers, 25 CPO, 302 Enlisted,



  • 1 MK 31 Mod 0 RAM Launcher
  • 2 MK 15 MOD 2 Close-in-Weapons Systems (CIWS) 
  • 2 MK 38 MOD 2 25mm Machine Gun System (MGS) 
  • 6 MK 26 Mod 17 .50 Cal Machine guns


Commissioned: May 9, 1992

Builder: Avondale Shipyards, New Orleans, LA



Past port calls and visits include: Japan, Middle East, Philippines, South America, West Africa

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