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U.S.S. ESSEX

(LHD-2)

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USS ESSEX (LHD-2) - a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship

In Commission 1992 to Present

LHD-2 Deployments - Major Events

Add a LHD-2 Shellback Initiation Add a LHD-2 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAR1989-Keel Date: 20 MAR 1989
at Ingalls Shipbuilding Pascagoula MS
FEB1991-Launch Date: 23 FEB 1991
SEP1991-SEP1991Panama Canal
AUG1992-AUG1992Hurricane Andrew - Ship Depature
SEP1992-Shellback Initiation - 17 SEP 1992 - Pacific Ocean
OCT1992-Commissioned: 17 OCT 1992
DEC1994-JUN1995West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAR1995-Shellback Initiation - 11 MAR 1995 - Pacific Ocean
MAR1995-Shellback Initiation - 15 MAR 1995 - Pacific Ocean
JAN1996-JAN1996Sea Trials
MAY1996-JUN1996RIMPAC
JUL1996-JAN1998West Pac
SEP1996-SEP1996Shell Back Innitations
OCT1996-APR1997West Pac
NOV1996-MAY1997West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUL1998-JAN1999West Pac
APR2000-OCT2000West Pac
MAY2003-DEC2003West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUL2007- Shellback Initiation - 12 JUL 2007 - Atlantic Ocean
JUL2015- Shellback Initiation - 29 JUL 2015 - Indian Ocean

LHD-2 General Specifications

Class: Wasp-class amphibious assault ship

Named for: Essex County

Complement: 73 Officers and 1109 Enlisted

Displacement: 40650 tons

Length: 844 feet

Beam: 106 feet

Flank Speed: 24+ knots