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Namesake: Comstock Lode in Nevada
Ordered: 26 November 1984
Builder: Avondale Shipbuilding New Orleans, LA.
Laid down: 27 October 1986
Launched: 16 January 1988
Commissioned: 3 February 1990
Homeport: Naval Base San Diego
Identification: International Call Sign "NCWK"
Motto: Teamwork, Drive, Courage
Status: in active service, as of 2022
Badge: USS Comstock LSD-45 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class & type: Whidbey Island Class
Type: Dock Landing Ship
Displacement: 11,099 tons (light)
16,190 tons (full)
Length: 609 ft (186 m)
Beam: 84 ft (26 m)
Draft: 21 ft (6.4 m)
Propulsion: 4 Colt Industries PC2.5V, 16-cylinder diesel engines, 2 shafts, 33,000 shp (25 MW)
Speed: 20+ knots (37+ km/h)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
5 LCACs or 21 LCM-6s
Troops: Marine detachment: 402 + 102 surge
Complement: 22 officers, 391 enlisted
Armament: 2 × 25 mm Mk 38 cannons
2 × 20 mm Phalanx CIWS mounts
6 × .50 caliber M2HB machine guns
2 RAM's.

USS Comstock (LSD-45) is a Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship of the United States Navy. She was the second Navy ship to be named for the Comstock Lode in Nevada. Discovered in 1859, it was one of the richest deposits of precious metals known in the world.

Comstock was laid down on 27 October 1986, by the Avondale Shipyards, New Orleans, La.; launched on 15 January 1988; and commissioned on 3 February 1990, under the command of CDR. R. H. Howe, USN. Comstock was the first USN combatant ship to have a fully integrated crew of male and female sailors.

As of 2002, Comstock is homeported at NS San Diego, California, and assigned to Expeditionary Strike Group 3.


This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain.

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