US Iwo Jima class

Assault Carrier


Assault Carrier Iwo Jima class

Developed from a WWII escort carrier design, were the world's first units designed and built to operate exclusively with helicopters.

The air group ( actual mix depends upon mission) could carry 25 - 30 helicopters ( of types CH-46, CH-53, UH-1N and AH-1 ) for the 1800 marines that can go on board, and/or some AV-8 Harriers ( vertical take-off aircraft ).

The USS Guam (LPH 9), the last of the Iwo Jima assault ships Class in service, was decommissioned August 25, 1998 although her sister ship USS Inchon (LPH 12) was converted to a mine countermeasures support ship (as MCS 12) in 1996 and remains in service with the Naval Reserve until decommissioned on Jun 20, 2002.

The lead ship, USS IwoJima (LPH2), on April 17, 1970, was the flagship of the Task Force that wait for the Apollo 13 spaceship 's astronauts after their memorable "successful failure" mission.

Picture above notice the size of the Sikorsky CH-53

    Derivatives / Succeeded by
US Tarawa class 1976
                        US Wasp class 1989
                                                US America (2014) class 2014


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11000light (tn)
18400full load (tn)
180length (m)
26beam (m)
8.20draught (m)
22max speed (knots)
22000power (shp)
2Naval Engine boilers
1Naval Engine steam turbines
2Close-In Weapon System CIWS Phalanx 20 mm


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    Typical Max
US USMC B-V 107M H-46 Sea Knight 825
US USMC Sikorsky S-65 H-53 40
US USMC Bell 209 AH-1 Cobra 40
US USMC Bell UH-1N 20

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USUS NavyLHA-7America (2014) class USS Tripoli7----
USUS NavyLPH-2USS Iwo JimaNXXG - 219611993
USUS NavyLPH-3USS Okinawa19621992
USUS NavyLPH-7USS GuadalcanalNIEG - 719631994
USUS NavyLPH-9USS GuamNAHM - 919651998
USUS NavyLPH-10USS Tripoli19661995
USUS NavyLPH-11USS New Orleans19681997
USUS NavyLPH-12USS Inchon19702002
USUS NavyLHA-1Tarawa class USS TarawaNLHA - 119762009
USUS NavyLHA-2Tarawa class USS SaipanNHOV - 219772007
USUS NavyLHA-3Tarawa class USS Belleau WoodNBWD - 319782005
USUS NavyLHA-4Tarawa class USS NassauNJPX - 419792011
USUS NavyLHA-5Tarawa class USS PeleliuNPEL - 519802015
USUS NavyLHD-1Wasp class USS WaspNEBP - 11989--
USUS NavyLHD-2Wasp class USS EssexNESX - 21992--
USUS NavyLHD-3Wasp class USS KearsargeNNKP - 31993--
USUS NavyLHD-4Wasp class USS BoxerNBXR - 41995--
USUS NavyLHD-5Wasp class USS BataanNBAT - 51997--
USUS NavyLHD-6Wasp class USS Bonhomme RichardNBHR - 61998--
USUS NavyLHD-7Wasp class USS Iwo JimaNXXG - 72001--
USUS NavyLHD-8Wasp class USS Makin IslandNMXG - 82009--
USUS NavyLHA-6America (2014) class USS America62014--

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1959-apr-2Laid downUS LPH-2 USS Iwo Jima at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA
1959-dec-21OrderedUS LPH-7 USS Guadalcanal
1960-apr-1Laid downUS LPH-3 USS Okinawa
1960-sep-17LaunchedUS LPH-2 USS Iwo Jima
1961-aug-19LaunchedUS LPH-3 USS Okinawa
1961-aug-26CommissionedUS LPH-2 USS Iwo Jima
1961-sep-1Laid downUS LPH-7 USS Guadalcanal
1962-apr-14CommissionedUS LPH-3 USS Okinawa
1962-nov-15Laid downUS LPH-9 USS Guam
1962-dec-10OrderedUS LPH-10 USS Tripoli
1963-mar-16LaunchedUS LPH-7 USS Guadalcanal
1963-jul-20CommissionedUS LPH-7 USS Guadalcanal
1964-jun-15Laid downUS LPH-10 USS Tripoli
1964-aug-22LaunchedUS LPH-9 USS Guam
1964-dec-18OrderedUS LPH-11 USS New Orleans
1965-jan-16CommissionedUS LPH-9 USS Guam
1965-jul-31LaunchedUS LPH-10 USS Tripoli
1966-mar-1Laid downUS LPH-11 USS New Orleans
1966-jun-16OrderedUS LPH-12 USS Inchon
1966-aug-6CommissionedUS LPH-10 USS Tripoli
1968-feb-3LaunchedUS LPH-11 USS New Orleans
1968-apr-4US LPH-3 USS Okinawa Apollo 6 mission, 1st LPH as primary recovery ship, 370 miles north of Hawaii
1968-apr-8Laid downUS LPH-12 USS Inchon
1968-nov-16CommissionedUS LPH-11 USS New Orleans
1969-mar-3US LPH-11 USS New Orleans Arrived at her homeport San Diego by way of the Panama Canal
1969-mar-13DeploymentUS LPH-7 USS Guadalcanal Deployed to North Atlantic to recover Apollo 9 command module and crew.
1969-may-24LaunchedUS LPH-12 USS Inchon
1969-junUS LPH-3 USS Okinawa HMM-265 replaced HMM-362 onboard, replaced by HMM-165 in August, SLF helicopter squadrons HMMs 164 and 362 were rotated to Phu Bai in support of the 3rd MarDiv
1969-jul-22US LPH-11 USS New Orleans Commander COMPHIBRON ONE transferred his pennant from USS Dubuque LPD-8
1969-augUS LPH-11 USS New Orleans Flagship for Amphibious Ready Group Bravo
1969-aug-27US LPH-11 USS New Orleans Offloaded 18 CH-53As from HMM-361 to join MAG-36 at Phu Bai
1969-octUS LPH-11 USS New Orleans Operation Keystone Cardinal
1969-octUS LPH-11 USS New Orleans Offloaded Battalion Landing Team 2-26
1969-nov-1DeploymentUS LPH-10 USS Tripoli Underway WESTPAC
1970US LPH-11 USS New Orleans Marines of the 26th Regiment boarded at Da Nang for trip back home
1970-feb-17DeploymentUS LPH-10 USS Tripoli Arrived at North Island, San Diego from Vietnam with 1,250 marines as part of President Nixon s withfrawal of combat troops. Aircraft Group 16, VMA-223 and HMH-361
1970-mar-12US LPH-11 USS New Orleans Docked at Da Nang
1970-apr-17DeploymentUS LPH-2 USS Iwo Jima Apollo XIII splashdown recovery assigned as Flagship for Task Force 130, operating 300nm west of Cook Islands for Apollo XIII recovery
1970-jun-20CommissionedUS LPH-12 USS Inchon
1970-augUS LPH-11 USS New Orleans Provided support and security for President Nixon visit to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
1970-dec-13US LPH-3 USS Okinawa At Subic Bay Naval Base, Philippines
1970-dec-25US LPH-3 USS Okinawa Returned to San Diego, California after 7 month WESTPAC
1971US LPH-11 USS New Orleans Mike Douglas TV Show filmed onboard
1971TrialsUS LPH-7 USS Guadalcanal 1st US Ship to operate the AV-8A.
1971-feb-9US LPH-11 USS New Orleans Apollo 14 astronauts quarantined on Pacific Carrier. Sea kings 152123, 152121
1971-feb-9US LPH-11 USS New Orleans Helicopters of HS-6 and frogmen of UDT-11 made recovery
1971-aug-7US LPH-3 USS Okinawa Apollo 15 astronauts lifted aboard by helicopter with Soviet tug in target area
1971-oct-27AircraftUS LPH-10 USS Tripoli UH-1E 151865 accident
1971-dec-14DeploymentUS LPH-10 USS Tripoli Arrived in Indian Ocean, part of a 10-ship task force, with 800 marines, to evacuate American civilians from embattled East Pakistan
1971-dec-27AircraftUS LPH-10 USS Tripoli Marine helicopter crashed at sea, another crashed a week earlier, in Indian Ocean because of Indo-Pakistan War
1972-mayAircraftUS LPH-10 USS Tripoli MAU, HMM-165 onboard in support of the Vietnamese Marines
1972-mayUS LPH-3 USS Okinawa HMM-164 from the 9th MEB arrived in support of the Vietnamese Marines, each ARG consisted of 4 H-53s (including 156656 ) , 14 H-46s and 4 UH-1Es
1972-jun-22DeploymentUS LPH-9 USS Guam Flood of 72: embarked HS-15 SH-3H provided air rescue during major flooding of north-central Pennsylvania
1972-jul-22DeploymentUS LPH-10 USS Tripoli Delivered relief supplies with 10 helicopters in the Philippines due to flooding by Tropical Storm Rita
1972-nov-22DeploymentUS LPH-12 USS Inchon Departed Norfolk, goto Hawaii to pickup helo squadron for Operation End Sweep clearing mines from North Vietnam major harbors and coastal waterways. Relieve USS Tripoli on Subic Bay as she was having Engineering problems at the time.
1973DeploymentUS LPH-10 USS Tripoli Assigned Amphibious Ready Group Alpha (ARG Alpha)
1973-mar-28US LPH-11 USS New Orleans Operation End Sweep, neutralized mines in Haiphong Harbor with Navy and Marine CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters
1973-jun-6US LPH-9 USS Guam SH-3 151557 accident
1973-jul-26US LPH-11 USS New Orleans Transfer 13 CH-53s from Cubi Point as substitutes for HMM-165 s CH-46s, equiped with ALE-29 flare dispensers to counter heat-seeking missles, (MAU s aviation element - 13 CH-53s, 4 CH-46s, 4 AH-IJs and 2 UH-IEs)
1973-aug-6US LPH-11 USS New Orleans Departed Subic Bay reaching Gulf of Thailand in four days, MAU, 1st Battalion 4th Marines and HMM-165
1973-sepDeploymentUS LPH-10 USS Tripoli Operation End Sweep, cleared mines from North Vietnam major harbors and coastal waterways using helicopters
1973-sep-8US LPH-10 USS Tripoli Towed to Subic Bay due to loss of propulsion system. Relieved on station by USS Inchon
1973-sep-19US LPH-10 USS Tripoli USMC 1st battalion 4th marines
1973-sep-25US LPH-11 USS New Orleans Skylab 2 astronauts sleep aboard as ship arrives in San Diego
1973-octUS LPH-3 USS Okinawa Replaced the USS Tripoli LPH-10 in Subic Bay, (in the Pacific fleet there were only 3 LPHs for 5 squadrons), transferred all embarked MAU elements
1974-jan-4US LPH-11 USS New Orleans Underway for Skylab IV mission
1974-feb-8US LPH-11 USS New Orleans Recovered astronauts Gibson, Pogue and Carr about an hour after splashdown, 176 miles from San Diego, California
1974-apr-5US LPH-3 USS Okinawa Arrived at Subic Bay with elements of the 31st MAU that unloaded cargo for LPH turnover to the USS New Orleans LPH-11
1974-apr-6US LPH-11 USS New Orleans 31st MAU s LPH unit swap complete from LPH-3
1974-jun-22US LPH-11 USS New Orleans Returned to Subic Bay from Okinawa where HMM-164 replaced HMH-462
1974-julDeploymentUS LPH-12 USS Inchon Partition of Cyprus detached from US 6th Fleet in Mediterannean and ordered off Cyrprus to support and if neccesary evacuate US Nationals in aftermath of Turkish invasion of the island. Operated in support of USS Forrestal. HMM-162 and HMH-362 embarked.
1975-marUS LPH-3 USS Okinawa Underway from Subic Bay for the Gulf of Thailand
1975-apr-12US LPH-3 USS Okinawa Operation Eagle Pull, in the Gulf of Thailand with US Marines CH-53 helicopters to evacuate personnel from Phnom Penh
1975-may-3US LPH-3 USS Okinawa Arrived at Subic Bay with 150 evacuees aboard from Phnom Penh
1975-julUS LPH-11 USS New Orleans At Pearl Harbor, lowered Apollo capsule to the dock
1975-jul-24US LPH-11 USS New Orleans Apollo lands 6.2 miles from recovery ship, 330 miles west of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, craft lowered by crane onto deck
1977-sepPort VisitUS LPH-11 USS New Orleans U.S. Naval Base Yokosuka, Japan
1977-sep-28US LPH-11 USS New Orleans AV-8 Harrier jet landed on the deck, then rose and roared off, near the coast of Okinawa
1977-octUS LPH-11 USS New Orleans 3rd Battalion 4th Marines onboard, WESTPAC 77
1977-oct-11US LPH-11 USS New Orleans UNREP with USS San Jose (AFS-7)
1977-nov-1Port VisitUS LPH-11 USS New Orleans Pierside Subic Bay, Philippines
1977-dec-7HomeportUS LPH-11 USS New Orleans Moored NAV STA San Diego Pier
1978AircraftUS LPH-7 USS Guadalcanal organic ship helo UH-1N 160827
1978-jun-7US LPH-11 USS New Orleans WESTPAC 78 June 7-Oct.5, 4 months
1978-jul-31Port VisitUS LPH-11 USS New Orleans Port visit Hong Kong after typhoon hit
1978-oct-5US LPH-11 USS New Orleans Arrived at San Diego from WESTPAC 78
1978-oct-8Port VisitUS LPH-7 USS Guadalcanal at Southampton Docks, UK. CH-53 156960 on board
1979US LPH-11 USS New Orleans In the fall of 79, HS-2 participated in amphibious operations with a multi-nation task force
1979-octPort VisitUS LPH-11 USS New Orleans Kernel Potlatch II, Vancouver, Canada
1980-janUS LPH-3 USS Okinawa WESTPAC, in place of USS New Orleans LPH-11, relieves USS Tripoli LPH-10
1980-marUS LPH-11 USS New Orleans West Pac-Indian Ocean, Gulf of Oman
1980-may-23US LPH-11 USS New Orleans U/W WESTPAC
1980-may-30DeploymentUS LPH-11 USS New Orleans Operation Eagles Claw HMM-262 Flying Tigers flew aboard and joined a detachment of four AH-1T from HMA-169 to conduct operations in the Northern Arabian Gulf in response to the hostage crisis in Iran
1980-julUS LPH-11 USS New Orleans Typhoon Kim means stand down, Philippines
1980-aug-19US LPH-11 USS New Orleans Miss America Troop arrives by helicopter
1980-sepPort VisitUS LPH-11 USS New Orleans Port Mombasa, Kenya after 33 day patrol
1980-sep-2US LPH-11 USS New Orleans Shellback Initiation Ceremony
1980-sep-18Port VisitUS LPH-11 USS New Orleans Inport Diego Garcia, for 8 hrs to refuel
1980-sep-27Port VisitUS LPH-11 USS New Orleans Fremantle-Perth, Australia, Sept.27-Oct. 2
1980-oct-19Port VisitUS LPH-2 USS Iwo Jima Liverpool Docks, UK
1980-nov-13US LPH-11 USS New Orleans Inport Pearl Harbor, Hawaii where Tiger Cruise 80 started Nov. 15th
1980-nov-22HomeportUS LPH-11 USS New Orleans Arrive in San Diego, end of WESTPAC 80
1982-feb-11Port VisitUS LPH-7 USS Guadalcanal visited Devonport en route Norfolk, Va to Norwegian waters. Her USMC HML-167 air group of CH-46E and UH-1N were aboard.
1982-sep-30Port VisitUS LPH-7 USS Guadalcanal visited Portsmouth 25-28 Sep 1982 with helos of HMA-767, HMA-773 and HMH-777 embarked
1985-nov-17AircraftUS LPH-2 USS Iwo Jima accident during VERTREP with UH-46D 152565
1987DeploymentUS LPH-7 USS Guadalcanal deployed to Persian Gulf with Navy MH-53E in the first operational mine countermeasures role.
1987-augAircraftUS LPH-9 USS Guam asg UH-1N 158230
1987-dec-25US LPH-3 USS Okinawa Bob Hope Christmas show onboard
1990-oct-12US LPH-3 USS Okinawa Operation Desert Shield/Storm During Operation Desert Storm, UNREP with fleet oiler Andrew J. Higgins TAO 190
1991AircraftUS LPH-10 USS Tripoli Cross-decked her MH-53E helicopters and equipment to USS New Orleans after hitting mine
1991US LPH-11 USS New Orleans Cross-decked MH-53E helicopters and equipment from the USS Tripoli in the Persian Gulf
1991AircraftUS LPH-10 USS Tripoli helo went down in the Indian Ocean during Desert Storm Operation
1991-jan-5DeploymentUS LPH-9 USS Guam Operation Eastern Exit in company with USS Trenton for non-combatant evacuation of Diplomatic Corps and support staff from US Embassy in Mogadishu. Launched 5 CH-46 from HMH-263 and 5 CH-46 from HMM-365 to collect evacuees and the protection team. Evacuees arrived in Muscat on 11 Jan.
1991-jan-20DeploymentUS LPH-10 USS Tripoli Off coast, Dubai, proceeded to northern Gulf with mine-sweeping helicopters
1991-jan-29US LPH-3 USS Okinawa Marines capture Umm al Maradim Island, 12 miles off the coast of Kuwait
1991-feb-18DeploymentUS LPH-10 USS Tripoli Operation Desert Shield/Storm Northern Persian Gulf, struck an Iraqi mine during Operation Desert Storm sustaining a 16 by 20 foot hole in her forward starboard side flooding six spaces. Assisted in temporary repairs by a diving team from RFA Diligence.
1992-aprAircraftUS LPH-2 USS Iwo Jima asg UH-1N 158264
1992-nov-17DecommissionedUS LPH-3 USS Okinawa
1992-nov-17StruckUS LPH-3 USS Okinawa
1992-dec-9DeploymentUS LPH-10 USS Tripoli Operation Provide Hope, in Somalia, humanitarian operation
1993-jul-14DecommissionedUS LPH-2 USS Iwo Jima
1993-sepUS LPH-11 USS New Orleans Operation Restore Hope, Mogadishu, Somalia
1993-sep-3US LPH-11 USS New Orleans Underway WESTPAC 93-94
1993-sep-24StruckUS LPH-2 USS Iwo Jima
1994-aug-31DecommissionedUS LPH-7 USS Guadalcanal
1994-oct-8DeploymentUS LPH-10 USS Tripoli Deployed to Persian Gulf region in response to Iraqi troops massing on border of Kuwait
1994-novUS LPH-11 USS New Orleans Portions of the movie Apollo 13 filmed onboard
1995-marRefitUS LPH-12 USS Inchon until May96 conv to Mine Countermeasures Command and Support Ship
1995-mar-6US LPH-12 USS Inchon redesignated MCS-12
1995-augAircraftUS LPH-11 USS New Orleans CH-46 157693 ditched on sea near Jordan
1995-aug-17US LPH-11 USS New Orleans Dispatched to station off Kuwait
1995-sep-15DecommissionedUS LPH-10 USS Tripoli
1995-dec-18Fate: scrappedUS LPH-2 USS Iwo Jima sold fro scrap, but Island retained as museum exhibit in Texas
1995-dec-22US LPH-11 USS New Orleans Returned from WESTPAC with more than 4,000 sailors and marines, the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit
1997US LPH-11 USS New Orleans Decommissioned after 90,000 helicopter landings and traveling 750,000 miles
1997-oct-31DecommissionedUS LPH-11 USS New Orleans
1998-aug-25DecommissionedUS LPH-9 USS Guam
1998-oct-23StruckUS LPH-11 USS New Orleans
2002-jun-6Fate: sunkUS LPH-3 USS Okinawa COMSUBPAC off Southern California
2002-jun-20DecommissionedUS LPH-12 USS Inchon
2004Fate: transferedUS LPH-10 USS Tripoli loan to US Army
2004-dec-5Fate: sunkUS LPH-12 USS Inchon as a target
2005-may-19Fate: sunkUS LPH-7 USS Guadalcanal as a target
2006US LPH-10 USS Tripoli in Hawaii, used as launch platform for missiles trials
2010-jul-10Fate: sunkUS LPH-11 USS New Orleans as a target during RIMPAC
2011US LPH-10 USS Tripoli Docked at Pearl Harbour, HI

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