|Namesake:||city of Denver, Colorado|
|Operator:||United States Navy|
|Awarded:||23 May 1963|
|Laid down:||7 July 1964|
|Launched:||23 January 1965|
|Commissioned:||26 October 1968|
|Motto:||"America's 911 LPD"|
|Nickname:||"D9" "Liberty D9ed"|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2010|
|Class and type:||Austin class amphibious transport dock|
|Length:||171 meters (570 ft) overall|
|Beam:||25.2 meters (84 ft)|
|Propulsion:||Two boilers, two steam turbines, two shafts, 24,000 shaft horsepower (18 MW)|
|Speed:||21 knots (39 km/h)|
|Complement:||24 officers, 396 enlisted, 900 marines|
|Armament:||Two 25 mm Mk 38 guns; two Phalanx CIWS; and eight .50-calibre (12.7 mm) machine guns.|
|Aircraft carried:||Up to six CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters|
USS Denver (LPD-9), an Austin-class amphibious transport dock, is the third ship of United States Navy to bear this name. Denver’s keel was laid 7 July 1964 at Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company, Seattle, Washington. She was launched 23 January 1965, christened by Mrs. John A. Love, wife of the Governor of Colorado, and commissioned 26 October 1968.
In 1970 the USS Denver played a key role in the SS Columbia Eagle incident. When the SS Columbia Eagle was commandeered by two mutinous crewmembers on 14 March 1970, Denver was immediately dispatched to intercept and recapture Columbia Eagle.
Denver took part in Westpac 84 and took part in several operations including Operation Beach Guard, Operation Cobra Gold, & Operation Valiant Usher. On her return trip in December 1984, Denver participated in a tiger cruise. It was during this time that she collided with USS New Orleans in a refueling exercise, New Orleans who had her elevator out and smashed into the Denver several times.
On July 13, 2000 the ship was participating in a refueling exercise near the end of a deployment with the USS Bonhomme Richard(LHD-6) BHR ARG. Denver, off the coast of Oahu, rear-ended its refueling vessel, USNS Yukon. Damage to Denver was severe, tearing away 3/4 of her bow, leaving only the very top portion.
Beginning on August 17, 2009 Denver started rendering humanitarian assistance to Taiwan due to the destruction caused by Typhoon Morakot. Denver was tasked independently to render aid, along with two embarked squadrons, HM-14 and HSC-25. They are currently supporting efforts by airlifting food, medical supplies, and providing heavy lift support for earth moving equipment to assist with recovery efforts. Due to the sensitive nature surrounding Taiwan, especially with the One China policy, the Department of Defense did not publicly announce relief efforts. Denver is planned to be in the vicinity of Taiwan until August 22, 2009 to render aid to the people of Taiwan. Denver had just completed Talisman Saber 2009 and was on her way to her homeport when she was directly tasked with this humanitarian mission.
The Denver was sent to Sumatra to assist in the recovery efforts following the earthquakes there