LHD-2 USS Essex

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  • LHD-2 USS Essex
  • 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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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
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



    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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