LHD-2 USS Essex

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  • LHD-2 USS Essex
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Flight Deck: 2
Call Sign: NESX
See Also: CV Essex (short hull) class CV-9


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History of US LHD-2 USS Essex

1989-mar-20Laid down
1999-oct-9DeploymentSan Francisco Naval Shipyard Pier 30/32 San Francisco Fleet Week 1999 Present for Fleet Week 1999. Airframes from HMLA-267, HMH-361 and HMH-364 embarked.
2009-aug-7AircraftCoral Sea Australian Black Hawk A25-112 in the Coral Sea
2010-julAircraftCoral Sea RAN Sea King N16-125 in the Coral Sea
2011-marDeploymentEarthquake/Tsunami Relief 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.
2015-sep-30NEWS Persian Gulf US Army and Navy Practice Deck Landing Techniques
2016-oct-19NEWS USNaval Base San Diego USS Essex Upgrading for F-35B Operations
2019-jan-24Port VisitTHPhuket Harbour Visiting USS Essex and embarked 13th MEU visited Phuket.



    from Wasp class
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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