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U.S.S. GUAM

(LPH-9)

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USS Guam (LPH-9) keel was laid on 15 November 1962 at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. She was launched 22 August 1964, and after fitting out, was commissioned 16 January 1965.

LPH-9 was the third US Navy ship to be named after the World War II Battle of Guam. The second USS Guam (CB-2) was a cruiser commisioned towards the end of the Second World War.

USS Guam (LPH-) sailed for Norfolk, VA, her new homeport in April 1965. Immediately sent on to Fleet Refresher Training in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, she returned in July 1965 to commence Amphibious Assualt Training.

Gaum then remained on the East Coast with deployments to the Caribbean in 1966, 1967 and 1969. On September 18 1966 Guam recovered the Gemini 11 space capsule with Astronauts Dick Gordon and Pete Conrad onboard.

In 1971 Gaum was choosen as a test ship for the Sea Control Ship Project. The LPH was a suitable platform for VSTOL Harrier fighters and Anti-submarine helicopters. Exercises were conducted through 1974 to evaluate the concept.

USS Guam deployed regularly to the Mediterranean Sea during the rest of her service career. The deployments were varied with North Atlantic cruises for Cold Weather Amphibious Assualt Exercises. In October 1983 Gaum participated in the invasion of Grenada and then headed directly to the Mediterranean due to the Lebanese Civil War.

After overhaul in 1985 USS Gaum returned to standing watch on the East Coast of the U.S., taking her turns with deployments to the Mediterranean and Caribbean. In August 1990 Guam departed Norfolk for the Persian Gulf as part of Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. While deployed in January 1991 Guam was sent to Somalia to evacuate diplomatic perssonel. She returned to Norfolk in March 1991.

USS Gaum was decommissioned 25 August 1998. She sunk in a Fleet training exercise (SINKEX) 16 OCT 2001

The USS Guam (LPH-9) operational history and significant events of her service career follow:

LPH-9 Deployments - Major Events

Add a LPH-9 Shellback Initiation Add a LPH-9 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
NOV 1962 Keel Date: 15 NOV 1962
at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard
AUG 1964 Launch Date: 22 AUG 1964
JAN 1965 Commissioned: 16 JAN 1965
APR 1965 - AUG 1966 Dominican Republic Expeditionary Force
SEP 1966 - SEP 1966 Gemini 11 spacecraft recovery
SEP 1966 - OCT 1966 ComPhibGru4
DEC 1966 - MAY 1967 Caribbean
JAN 1969 - MAY 1969 Caribbean
JUN 1970 - Panama Canal
JUN 1970 - Shellback Initiation - 10 JUN 1970 - Pacific Ocean
SEP 1970 - NOV 1970 mediterranean Jordanian crisis
JUL 1971 - JUL 1974 Interim Sea Control Ship trials
SEP 1971 - NOV 1971 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
OCT 1972 Shellback Initiation - 19 OCT 1972 - Atlantic Ocean
OCT 1972 - Shellback Initiation - 19 OCT 1972 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN 1973 - JUL 1973 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
SEP 1974 - MAR 1975 Mediterranean
JAN 1976 - JUN 1977 Mediterranean
DEC 1976 - Shellback Initiation - 9 DEC 1976 - Indian Ocean
DEC 1976 - Shellback Initiation - 9 DEC 1976 - Indian Ocean
FEB 1978 - AUG 1978 Mediterranean
MAY 1979 - NOV 1979 Mediterranean
JAN 1981 - MAY 1981 North Atlantic
JAN 1981 - MAR 1981 North Atlantic
JAN 1981 - APR 1981 North Atlantic
MAR 1982 - DEC 1982 Mediterranean-Lebanon
OCT 1982 - MAR 1983 Mediterranean
FEB 1983 - APR 1983 North Atlantic
APR 1983 - JAN 1984 North Atlantic
JUL 1983 - Shellback Initiation - 27 JUL 1983 - Pacific Ocean
SEP 1983 - MAY 1984 Mediterranean
OCT 1983 - Grenada
OCT 1983 - OCT 1983 Grenada
DEC 1983 - DEC 1983 Bob Hope Show onboard
JAN 1984 - JAN 1988 Mediterranean
FEB 1986 - FEB 1986 Shuttle Challenger debris recovery
MAY 1986 - NOV 1986 Mediterranean
MAY 1988 - JUN 1988 Caribbean
AUG 1988 - JAN 1989 Mediterranean
AUG 1990 - JAN 1991 Desert Shield
DEC 1990 - Shellback Initiation - 2 DEC 1990 - Pacific Ocean
DEC 1990 - Shellback Initiation - 2 DEC 1990 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1991 - JAN 1991 Somalia (Operation Eastern Exit )
JAN 1991 - APR 1991 Desert Storm
JAN 1993 - JUN 1993 Mediterranean
MAY 1994 - OCT 1994 Mediterranean
JAN 1996 - JUL 1996 Mediterranean
SEP 1997 - MAR 1998 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
AUG 1998 Decommissioned: 25 AUG 1998

LPH-9 General Specifications

Class: Iwo Jima-class amphibious assault ship

Complement: 80 Officers and 638 Enlisted

Displacement: 19217 tons

Length: 598 feet

Beam: 84 feet

Draft: 30 feet

Final Disposition: Expended as a target16 October 2001



USS GUAM (LPH-9)



Guam (LPH-9) was laid down by the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard 15 November 1962; launched 22 August 1964 sponsored by Mrs. Vaughn H. Emory Green; and commissioned 16 January 1965 Captain N. E. Thurmon in command.

After fitting out and builder's trials the new amphibious assault ship joined the Atlantic Fleet 21 April 1965 and sailed for Norfolk her homeport. Arriving Hampton Roads the next day for training off the Virginia Capes she departed Hampton Roads for underway training out of Guantanamo Bay Cuba.

Guam returned to Norfolk 5 July for intensive amphibious training. She sailed from Hampton Roads 29 November to participate in amphibious and ASW exercises en route to the Caribbean. On 10 December Guam joined the Amphibious Ready Squadron in the Caribbean as flagship for Amphibious Squadron 12. There she operated at peak readiness to protect the peace and security of the Caribbean and Central America constantly threatened by Communist aggression and subversion.

From 16 to 28 February 1966 Guam patrolled south of the Dominican Republic ready to land forces on the volatile island of Hispanola if necessary. She conducted amphibious exercises until entering Philadelphia Naval Shipyard 1 June for post shakedown availability.

She departed Philadelphia 2 August and prepared for service as the primary recovery ship for the Gemini 11 space flight. On 18 September nt 0959 EDT Guam recovered Astronauts Pete Conrad and Dick Gordon 710 miles east of Cape Kennedy. From 28 November to 12 December Guam participated in Exercise "Lantflex 66" and on the latter date became flagship of Amphibious Squadron 8 and Caribbean Amphibious Ready Group. She continued this duty into 1967 prepared to land troops at any point in the Caribbean where she might be needed to protect the freedom and integrity of the Americas.

[Note: The above USS GUAM (LPH-9) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS GUAM (LPH-9) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]