The USS Ashland & the USS Henry Clay

The United States Navy has named three vessels after Henry Clay or his estate.

The USS Ashland LSD-1

Ashland (LSD 1). —The U.S. Navy commissioned this vessel on June 5, 1943, as the first of a new class of ships designed to deliver troops and equipment to support amphibious assaults. USS Ashland saw significant action in the Pacific Theater in World War II and received seven battle stars. The ship remained in service until decommissioning on November 22, 1969, when they sold it into civilian service. In 1995, Ashland installed the ship’s bell on the grounds of the estate.

The USS Ashland LSD-48

The U.S. Navy commissioned a second ship named in honor of Clay’s estate, the USS Ashland LSD-48, on May 9, 1992. This ship is currently on active duty. It is a modern version of the original USS Ashland LSD 1 and serves in amphibious operations to support the global war on terror.

The USS Henry Clay SSBN 625

A nuclear-powered Polaris Missile submarine, the U.S. Navy commissioned the USS Henry Clay on February 20, 1964. The submarine saw duty all over the world as part of America’s cold war nuclear arsenal. They decommissioned her on November 5, 1990, and after decommissioning, the U.S. Navy recycled the submarine.



The Henry Clay Memorial Foundation and Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate, salute and support the brave men and women who have brought honor to Henry Clay’s legacy through their service on these vessels.

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