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U.S.S. BELLEAU WOOD

(LHA-3)

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The USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA-3), a Tarawa class amphibious assault ship, was commissioned on 23 SEP 1978. Built in Pascagoula, Mississippi, BELLAEU WOOD sailed for homeport of San Diego, CA. She began her career of carrying Marines where needed. She routinely deployed for "watch" in the Western Pacific and an assortment of exercise and operations as needed, such as cold weather training in the Aleutian Islands, RIMPAC multi-national fleet exercises and was forward deployed to Sasebo, Japan in 1992. From Japan BELLEAU WOOD steamed as needed to contingency operations off East Timor and Somalia. BELLEAU WOOD returned to the US for overhaul in 2000. she sailed on a "West Pac" in 2002 and then a West Pac - Indian Ocean deployment in 2004. USS BELLEAU WOOD served her country for 27 years, 1 month and 5 days, until decommissioned on 28 OCT 2005. The hulk of the BELLEAU WOOD was disposed of by SINKEX during the RIMPAC 2006 multinational fleet exercise in July 2006.

The USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA-3) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

LHA-3 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAR 1973 Keel Date: 5 MAR 1973
at Ingalls Shipbuilding Pascagoula MS
APR 1977 Launch Date: 11 APR 1977
SEP 1978 Commissioned: 23 SEP 1978
JAN 1981 - AUG 1981 West Pac
JAN 1981 - AUG 1981 West Pac-Indian Ocean
JAN 1981 - AUG 1992 West Pac-Indian Ocean
JUN 1981 - Shellback Initiation - 6 JUN 1981 - Indian Ocean
JUN 1981 - Shellback Initiation - 6 JUN 1981 - Indian Ocean
AUG 1981 - Shellback Initiation - 1 AUG 1981 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 1982 - JAN 1983 West Pac-Indian Ocean
OCT 1982 Shellback Initiation - 16 OCT 1982 - Indian Ocean
OCT 1982 - Shellback Initiation - 16 OCT 1982 - Pacific Ocean
MAR 1984 - SEP 1984 West Pac-Indian Ocean
MAY 1984 - Shellback Initiation - 1 MAY 1984 - Pacific Ocean
MAY 1984 - Shellback Initiation - 1 MAY 1984 - Indian Ocean
MAY 1984 - Shellback Initiation - 1 MAY 1984 - Indian Ocean
JAN 1987 - JUN 1987 West Pac
JUN 1987 - Shellback Initiation - 23 JUN 1987 - Indian Ocean
JUN 1987 - Shellback Initiation - 23 JUN 1987 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 1987 - Shellback Initiation - 15 JUN 1987 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 1987 - Shellback Initiation - 23 JUN 1987 - Indian Ocean
JUN 1987 - Shellback Initiation - 23 JUN 1987 - Pacific Ocean
DEC 1988 - Shellback Initiation - 11 DEC 1988 - Indian Ocean
JAN 1989 - JUN 1989 West Pac
JAN 1989 - JUN 1989 West Pac-Indian Ocean
MAR 1989 - MAR 1989 CH-46 Helo Crash Team Spirit Korea 4 Marines lost
MAR 1989 - MAR 1989 CH-53D Helo Crash Team Spirit Korea 19 Marines lost
AUG 1992 - SEP 1992 Home Port Change Sasebo Japan
OCT 1992 - NOV 1992 Final withdrawal US Forces Subic Bay Phillipines
SEP 1993 - Shellback Initiation - 20 SEP 1993 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1995 - MAR 1995 Somalia
JAN 1996 - APR 1996 West Pac
FEB 1998 - Shellback Initiation - 19 FEB 1998 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 2002 - DEC 2002 West Pac
AUG 2002 - Shellback Initiation - 1 AUG 2002 - Indian Ocean
OCT 2005 Decommissioned: 28 OCT 2005

LHA-3 General Specifications

Class: Tarawa-class amphibious assault ship

Named for: Battle of Belleau Wood

Complement: 930 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 40000 tons

Length: 820 feet

Beam: 106 feet

Flank Speed: 24 knots

Final Disposition: Expended as a target 13 July 2006