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Rushmore makes port call in India

 USS Rushmore LSD-47 (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chandler Harrell)
USS Rushmore LSD-47 (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chandler Harrell) (KOTA)
Published: Jan. 23, 2019 at 3:43 PM MST
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Mount Rushmore sails around the world; sort of.

The U.S. Navy says

(LSD-47), an amphibious dock landing ship named for Mount Rushmore National Memorial, made a port call in Chennai, India, Wednesday.

USS Rushmore is in port to resupply and refuel; as well as give its sailors and Marines some time on land. In a release, the Navy said this visit as well as a previous trip by another ship “reflects a growing relationship between the U.S. and Indian navies.”

The ship’s crew is comprised of 22 officers and 391 enlisted men and women. There are also Marines with the 123th Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked on the ship.

LSD-47 is the second Navy ship to bear the Rushmore name. It was christened in 1989.

The first USS Rushmore was also a dock landing ship. It was commissioned in 1944 and participated in Pacific theater operations during World War II. The ship was decommissioned in 1970.

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