USS TRENTON LPD 14
The third USS Trenton was laid down at Seattle, Wash., on August 8, 1966 by the Lockheed Shipbuilding & Construction Co.; launched on August 3, 1968; sponsored by Mrs. Richard J. Hughes, and commissioned on March 6, 1971, Capt. Karl R. Thiele in command.
February 22, 2002 USS Trenton departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled underway period, with the USS Wasp (LHD 1) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 22nd MEU, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
August 23, LPD 14 returned to homeport following the successful completion of a six-month combat deployment.
April 28, 2004 The amphibious transport dock pulled to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to participate in Navy Fleet Week.
September 15, USS Saipan ESG, including USS Trenton, departed homeports to participate in NATO Standing Naval Force Atlantic (SNFA) exercises.
January 19, 2005 USS Trenton deployed for approximately two months to the Caribbean, as part of the Saipan Expeditionary Strike Group, in support of a humanitarian assistance exercise in Haiti, entitled New Horizons.
March 9, USS Trenton returned to Naval Station Norfolk after supporting humanitarian relief efforts in Haiti. Additionally, elements of the Saipan strike group conducted Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO), counter-drug training and multinational exercises with marines from Honduras and Colombia. During visits to Honduras, San Juan, Puerto Rico and Curacao, Sailors participated in local community projects and made donations in support of the Navy’s Project Handclasp, promoting cultural understanding and friendship between the U.S. and its neighbors.
October 22, Three Norfolk-based amphibious ships will get underway today, headed for the south Florida region in the event assistance is needed if Hurricane Wilma strikes land there. USS Wasp (LHD 1), USS Trenton and USS Nashville (LPD 13) are making preparations to load humanitarian relief supplies.
February 23, 2006 The amphibious transport dock arrived in Galveston, Texas, to participate in Navy Week Galveston.
April 18, LPD 14 departed homeport, along with USS Hue City (CG 66), homeported at Naval Station Mayport, as a part of the Global War on Terrorism Surface Strike Group (GWOT SSG) 06-2.
July 18, USS Trenton and High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) will also join the Iwo Jima (LHD 7) strike group off the coast of Lebanon to assist in the authorized departure of American citizens from that country.
September 21, USS Trenton returned to Norfolk from the last deployment, after 35 years of active service, before she is decommissioned and transferred to the Indian Navy in January. The amphibious transport dock responded to Joint Task Force Lebanon while deployed, assisting over 3500 American citizens evacuate the war torn country.
December 23, Throughout the month of December, Sailors from LPD 14 have been conducting general shipboard training with the Indian navy.
January 17, 2007 USS Trenton, commanded by Cmdr. Samuel Norton, was decommissioned in a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk. Immediately following the decommissioning, the amphibious transport dock was recommissioned and transferred to the Indian Navy, bearing the name INS Jalashwa.