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.
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.