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USS SAIPAN

(LHA-2)

Omnius Fasimus - We Do It All

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The USS SAIPAN (LHA-2), a Tarawa class amphibious assault ship, was commissioned on 15 OCT 1977. USS SAIPAN served her country for 29 years, 6 months and 10 days, until decommissioned on 25 APR 2007. USS SAIPAN's first major deployment was the August 1980 through February 1981 North Atlantic - Mediterranean - Indian Ocean voyage while the Iranian Hostage Crisis was underway. That set the stage for her career. From her homeport of Norfolk, VA, she under took numerous MEDS, CARIBS and North Atlantic deployments. USS SAIPAN participated in special/contingency operations in Nicaragua, the Cuban Mariel boat lift, Grenada, Liberia, Yugoslavia and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following her decommissioning in 2007, USS SAIPAN is to be scrapped by International Shipbreaking Ltd., of Brownsville, Texas.

The USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

LHA-2 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JUL 1972 Keel Date: 21 JUL 1972
at Ingalls Shipbuilding Pascagoula MS
JUL 1974 Launch Date: 20 JUL 1974
OCT 1977 Commissioned: 15 OCT 1977
FEB 1980 - APR 1980 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
APR 1980 - OCT 1980 Operation Freedom Flotilla
JUL 1980 - Shellback Initiation - 15 JUL 1980 - Indian Ocean
AUG 1980 - DEC 1980 First Mediterranean deployment by an LHA.
AUG 1980 - MAR 1981 North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
NOV 1980 - Shellback Initiation - 5 NOV 1980 - Indian Ocean
NOV 1980 - Shellback Initiation - 5 NOV 1980 - Atlantic Ocean
MAY 1981 - Shellback Initiation - 16 MAY 1981 - Indian Ocean
SEP 1981 - FEB 1982 Mediterranean
OCT 1981 - OCT 1981 Anwar al-Sadat Killed October 6 1981 Mediteranian
APR 1982 - Shellback Initiation - 5 APR 1982 - Atlantic Ocean
SEP 1983 - DEC 1983 Operation Urgent Fury Grenada W.I.
JAN 1984 - MAR 1984 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
JAN 1984 - MAR 1984 North Atlantic
JAN 1985 - AUG 1985 Mediterranean-Lebanon
JAN 1985 - JUL 1985 Mediterranean
AUG 1986 - AUG 1986 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
JAN 1990 - MAY 1990 Mediterranean
JAN 1990 - JAN 1991 Mediterranean
MAR 1990 - SEP 1990 Mediterranean/Operation Sharp Edge
SEP 1991 - MAR 1992 Desert Storm
SEP 1991 - MAR 1992 Desert Storm
JAN 1993 - JAN 1994 Mediterranean
APR 1994 - MAY 1995 Regular Overhaul
JUL 1995 - DEC 1995 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUN 1996 - DEC 1996 Mediterranean
JUL 1998 - DEC 1998 Mediterranean
JUN 2000 - DEC 2000 Mediterranean
JAN 2001 - JAN 2003 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN 2003 - JUN 2003 OIF/OEF 2003
AUG 2006 - DEC 2006 Mediterranean Red Sea Arabian Gulf
APR 2007 Decommissioned: 25 APR 2007

LHA-2 General Specifications

Class: Tarawa class amphibious assault ship

Named for: Battle of Saipan

Complement: 65 Officers and 1009 Enlisted

Displacement: 27165 tons

Length: 820 feet

Beam: 106 feet

Flank Speed: 20+ kt

Final Disposition: Sold for Scrapping 30 September 2009 to International Ship



USS SAIPAN (LHA-2)



The second Saipan (LHA-2) was laid down on 21 July 1972 by the Ingalls Shipbuilding Division Litton Industries Pascagoula Miss.; launched on 20 July 1974; sponsored by Mrs. J. William Middendorf II wife of Secretary of the Navy Middendorf. Commissioning of the amphibious assault ship is scheduled to take place in September 1975.

[Note: The above USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]