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  • 1989    

    • Assault Carrier Wasp class

    An updated version of the previous Tarawa class, Wasps not longer have the bow sponsons and they also are 7 meters longer in overall length to better accommodate the LCAC landing craft in their well deck.

        Derivatives / Succeeded by
    US America (2014) class 2014


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    41180full load (tn)
    257.20length (m)
    33.50beam (m)
    9.10draught (m)
    22max speed (knots)
    70000power (shp)
    2Naval Engine steam turbines
    2Missile Launcher Mk 49 21-cell RAM
    2Missile Launcher Mk 29 8-cell Sea Sparrow
    3Naval Gun Mark 38 25 mm
    3Close-In Weapon System CIWS Phalanx 20 mm


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    US USMC Bell V-22 Osprey 010
    US USMC B-V 107M H-46 Sea Knight 1242
    US USMC Bell UH-1N 20
    US USMC Sikorsky S-80 H-53E 40
    US USMC Bell 209 AH-1 Cobra 40
    US USMC Bell UH-1Y Venom 02

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    USUS NavyLHD-1USS WaspNEBP - 11989--
    USUS NavyLHD-2USS EssexNESX - 21992--
    USUS NavyLHD-3USS KearsargeNNKP - 31993--
    USUS NavyLHD-4USS BoxerNBXR - 41995--
    USUS NavyLHD-5USS BataanNBAT - 51997--
    USUS NavyLHD-6USS Bonhomme RichardNBHR - 619982020
    USUS NavyLHD-7USS Iwo JimaNXXG - 72001--
    USUS NavyLHD-8USS Makin IslandNMXG - 82009--
    USUS NavyLHA-6America (2014) class USS AmericaNUSA - 62014--
    USUS NavyLHA-7America (2014) class USS TripoliNTRP - 72020--

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    1985-may-30Laid downUS LHD-1 USS Wasp
    1986-sep-10OrderedUS LHD-2 USS Essex
    1987-aug-4LaunchedUS LHD-1 USS Wasp
    1989-mar-20Laid downUS LHD-2 USS Essex
    1989-jul-29CommissionedUS LHD-1 USS Wasp
    1990-feb-6Laid downUS LHD-3 USS Kearsarge
    1991-feb-23LaunchedUS LHD-2 USS Essex
    1991-apr-18Laid downUS LHD-4 USS Boxer
    1991-dec-20OrderedUS LHD-5 USS Bataan
    1992-mar-26LaunchedUS LHD-3 USS Kearsarge
    1992-oct-17CommissionedUS LHD-2 USS Essex
    1992-dec-11OrderedUS LHD-6 USS Bonhomme Richard
    1993-aug-13LaunchedUS LHD-4 USS Boxer
    1993-oct-16CommissionedUS LHD-3 USS Kearsarge
    1994-jun-22Laid downUS LHD-5 USS Bataan
    1995-feb-11CommissionedUS LHD-4 USS Boxer
    1995-feb-28OrderedUS LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima
    1995-apr-18Laid downUS LHD-6 USS Bonhomme Richard
    1996-mar-15LaunchedUS LHD-5 USS Bataan
    1997-mar-14LaunchedUS LHD-6 USS Bonhomme Richard
    1997-sep-20CommissionedUS LHD-5 USS Bataan
    1997-dec-12Laid downUS LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima
    1998-aug-15CommissionedUS LHD-6 USS Bonhomme Richard
    1999-marAircraftUS LHD-4 USS Boxer on board H-46 151927, 151933, 153952, 154039, 154040, 154831. H-53 162499
    1999-sep-14Port VisitUS LHD-5 USS Bataan 14 Sep 1999 visiting NS Nofolk, VA.with 7 CH-46Es embarked (3 unidentified).
    1999-oct-9DeploymentUS LHD-2 USS Essex San Francisco Fleet Week 1999 Present for Fleet Week 1999. Airframes from HMLA-267, HMH-361 and HMH-364 embarked.
    2001HomeportUS LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Norfolk, Virginia
    2001-mar-25LaunchedUS LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima
    2001-jun-30CommissionedUS LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima
    2001-octDeploymentUS LHD-5 USS Bataan Launched CH-63Es from HMM-264 carrying US Marines from Task Force 58 in their assault on Rhino.
    2004-feb-14Laid downUS LHD-8 USS Makin Island
    2005-sep-4DeploymentUS LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Hurricane Katrina relief efforts
    2006-sep-22LaunchedUS LHD-8 USS Makin Island
    2007-jan-26AircraftUS LHD-6 USS Bonhomme Richard MH-60S 166310 accident
    2007-sep-4AircraftUS LHD-5 USS Bataan First CV-22 Osprey trials by USAF 8th SOS
    2007-sep-17DeploymentUS LHD-1 USS Wasp To Iraq with 10 Osprey from VMM-263 in their first combat deployment
    2009-may-26AircraftUS LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima NYC Fleet Week, VMM-162 MV-22B 165847
    2009-aug-7AircraftUS LHD-2 USS Essex Australian Black Hawk A25-112 in the Coral Sea
    2009-oct-24CommissionedUS LHD-8 USS Makin Island
    2010-jan-18DeploymentUS LHD-5 USS Bataan Operation Panlake Diverted with its embarked V-22 and 22 MEU to Haiti for Earthquake relief effort (arrived 18 Jan) as part of US Operation Unified Response, with USS Nassau.
    2010-jun-28Port VisitUS LHD-1 USS Wasp Fleet Review: 100th anniversary of Canadian Navy visited Halifax for MARLANT Fleet Review
    2010-julAircraftUS LHD-2 USS Essex RAN Sea King N16-125 in the Coral Sea
    2010-julDeploymentUS LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Exercise Auriga 2010 Participated in the Amphibious component of Ex Auriga, with HMS Albion, HMS Ocean and RFA Largs Bay, until Aug 2010.
    2011-marDeploymentUS LHD-2 USS Essex Operation Tomodachi - Tohoku Earthquake Relief Along with USS Germantown, both with elements of 31st MEU embarked, were ordered from the Sea of Japan to the east coast of Honshu for Tsunami relief operations.
    2011-aug-10US LHD-8 USS Makin Island 11th MEU 2011-08
    2012-apr-11AircraftUS LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima MV-22 Osprey 165844 accident
    2012-apr-17DeploymentUS LHD-1 USS Wasp NOLA Navy Week visited New Orleans to commemorate War of 1812
    2013-may-2DeploymentUS LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Gulf of Oman
    2013-jul-15DeploymentUS LHD-6 USS Bonhomme Richard Talisman Saber 2013
    2013-octAircraftUS LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Last UH-1N deployment. 159195
    2014-apr-20DeploymentUS LHD-6 USS Bonhomme Richard Part of PHIBRON 11, 31st MEU, SAR operations for the sunken ferry Sewol of the coast of the Republic of Korea
    2014-oct-21DeploymentUS LHD-8 USS Makin Island 11th MEU WESTPAC 14-2 Cougar Voyage 15
    2014-nov-26DeploymentUS LHD-8 USS Makin Island 11th MEU WESTPAC 14-2 hostage rescue in Yemen
    2015-apr-2US LHD-6 USS Bonhomme Richard with VMM-262 Ospreys aboard
    2015-jul-7DeploymentUS LHD-6 USS Bonhomme Richard Talisman Sabre 2015 participated in Exercise Talisman Sabre 15. Flagship for US Expeditionary Strike Group 7.
    2016-aug-1DeploymentUS LHD-1 USS Wasp Operation Odyssey Lightning Began precision srikes against ISIL in Sirte as part of Operation Odyssey Lightning, until relieved by USS San Antonio on 8 Nov. Returned to NAS Norfolk on 24 Dec.
    2016-oct-8DeploymentUS LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Hurricane Matthew relief operations embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit plus Humanitarian stores and departed Mayport for Haiti, to assist, and then relieve USS Mesa Verde.
    2017-mayDeploymentUS LHD-6 USS Bonhomme Richard Departed Sasebo for a 4 month deployment in 7th Fleet area of operations. Returned on 25 Sep.
    2017-sep-2US LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Hurricane Harvey Ready for Hurricane Harvey relief support
    2017-sep-5US LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria Relief Operations Departed Naval Station Mayport, Jacksonville, FL to Norfolk, VA to load 26th MEU elements in support of Hurricane Irma relief operations
    2017-sep-7DeploymentUS LHD-1 USS Wasp Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria Relief Operations Arrived in the US Virgin Islands for Hurricane Irma relief support
    2017-sep-9DeploymentUS LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria Relief Operations in route to the US Virgin Islands for Hurricane Irma relief support
    2017-sep-20DeploymentUS LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria Relief Operations Operating around US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, following Hurricane Maria disaster.
    2017-oct-3AircraftUS LHD-3 USS Kearsarge President Trump on VH-60N 163266
    2017-decDeploymentUS LHD-1 USS Wasp Departed Norfolk, VA to relieve USS Bonhomme Richard as Forward deployed Amphibious Force 7th Fleet flagship at Sasebo
    2018-janDeploymentUS LHD-1 USS Wasp Returned to Sasebo after Indo-Pacific deployment on 26 Apr, with US 7th Fleet and hosting 31 MEU. Supported by USS Ashland (LSD 48), USS Green Bay (LPD 20), USS Sterett (DDG 104) and USS Dewey (DDG 105).
    2018-janDeploymentUS LHD-6 USS Bonhomme Richard Relieved as Forward deployed Amphibious Force 7th Fleet flagship at Sasebo by USS Wasp.
    2018-may-8HomeportUS LHD-6 USS Bonhomme Richard Moved to San Diego for a 2-year upgrade for integration of F-35B
    2019-jan-24Port VisitUS LHD-2 USS Essex USS Essex and embarked 13th MEU visited Phuket.
    2020-mar-12DeploymentUS LHD-5 USS Bataan with 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, part of U.S. 5th Fleet
    2020-jul-12DeploymentUS LHD-6 USS Bonhomme Richard Seriously damaged by fire, following an explosion on board, alongside Pier 2 at San Diego.
    2021-febDeploymentUS LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima departed for 6 month deployment of IJ Ampbious Ready Group, with HSC-26 and VMM-162 (reinforced) embarked. Returned Oct 2021.
    2021-apr-15DeploymentUS LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima operating off west coast of Scottish mainland as Flagship of Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, conducting a RAS with USNS Supply.
    2021-apr-15US LHD-6 USS Bonhomme Richard departed San Diego under tow, for Texas and possible scrapping.
    2021-may-11US LHD-6 USS Bonhomme Richard passed through Panama Canal, en route Texas.
    2021-nov-17AircraftUS LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima VMX-1 CH-53K MV-008 tests in the Atlantic Ocean
    2022-jan-16AircraftUS LHD-3 USS Kearsarge arrived at NS Norfolk in preparation for its Amphibious Ready Group deployment in Apr.
    2022-feb-21US LHD-2 USS Essex 11th MEU 2022-2
    2022-apr-11Port VisitUS LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Arrived in Tromso harbour.

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