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USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3)


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Secretary of the Navy Letter of Commendation
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Joint Meritorious Unit Award - Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2)
Second Row - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (14) - Navy Expeditionary Medal (2) - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2) - Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (2) -Humanitarian Service Medal (1-Boat People, 28 April 1981)


Tarawa Class Amphibious Assault Ship (General Purpose):
  • Laid down, 5 March 1973, at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, MS.
  • Launched, 11 April 1977
  • Commissioned USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3), 23 September 1978, CAPT. Ted C. Steele USN, in command
  • Deactivated at Naval Station San Diego, 13 October 2005
  • Towed to Naval Station Pearl for lay up in the Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility Pearl Harbor
  • Decommissioned, 28 October 2005
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a target, 10 July 2006, during SINKEX 2006
    Specifications:
    Displacement 38,900 tons (fl)
    Length 820'
    Beam 106'
    Draft 26'
    Speed 24 kts.
    Complement 82 Officer, 882 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations 1900 plus
    Armament
    two RAM launchers
    two single 5"/54 gun mounts
    two 20 mm Phalanx (CIWS)
    six 25mm chain guns
    Aircraft 28 amphibious transport helicopters
    Power Plant two 600 psi boilers, two geared steam turbines, two shafts, 70,000 total shaft horsepower

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    Belleau Wood 111 USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) and USS John Young (DD-973) run side-by-side in the Gulf of Mexico, 22 May 1978.
    Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp. photo.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Belleau Wood 79k USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) underway in 1978 in the Pacific.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Belleau Wood 133k USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) underway with Marine Corps Helicopter detachment on deck, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Belleau Wood web site
    Belleau Wood 64k USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) underway with Marine Corps Helicopter detachment on deck, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Belleau Wood 107k USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) underway in 1980, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Belleau Wood 93k USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Belleau Wood web site
    Belleau Wood 71k USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) underway off Point Loma, date unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Belleau Wood 69k View from NAS North Island of USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) entering San Diego from sea, circa early to mid 1980. Richard Stiles
    Belleau Wood 109k
    Belleau Wood 96k USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) moored pierside NAS North Island, Navy Day 1980. Photo by Richard Stiles
    Belleau Wood 57k USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) moored pierside during Fleet Week, at San Francisco, CA., 10 October 1987. Note, crew has spelled out "Just Say No !" on the flight deck.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Belleau Wood 48k USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) at sea, June 1987.
    US Navy photo
    Edward Cleary
    Belleau Wood 89k USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) underway off San Diego, CA., date unknown. Dustie Meads and Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Belleau Wood 1138k Sailors man the rails of USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) as she ship steams in San Diego Bay with the dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43), 11 October 1991. The vessels are two of six U.S. Navy ships taking part in the Parade of Ships, part of San Diego's Accolades '91 celebration honoring local military units and installations.
    DOD photo # DN-ST-92-01247 SAN DIEGO (11 October 1991) a US Navy photo by PH1 R.J. Oriez, now in the collections of Defense Imagery.mil
    Robert M. Cieri
    Belleau Wood 1319k A commercial harbor tug comes alongside USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) as she steams in San Diego Bay. USS Belleau Wood is one of six US Navy ships taking part in the Parade of Ships, part of San Diego's Accolades '91 celebration honoring local military units and installations.
    DOD photo # DN-ST-92-01248 SAN DIEGO (11 October 1991) a US Navy photo by PH1 R.J. Oriez, now in the collections of Defense Imagery.mil
    Robert M. Cieri
    Belleau Wood 83k USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) underway in 1991 in the Pacific.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Belleau Wood 61k USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3), moored at White Beach, Okinawa, Japan, date unknown.
    US Navy Photo by PH3 Sean C. Ryan
    Scot at LBS Products
    Belleau Wood 1635k Aerial view of the 32nd Street Naval Station Pier 2, 1 June 1992, showing various ships berthed there. The Tarawa-class amphibious assault ship USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) (left), the Spruance-class destroyer USS Harry W. Hill (DD-986) (across the pier) an unidentified Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser (rear left) and the Virginia-class nuclear-powered guided-missile cruiser USS Arkansas (CGN-41) outboard of her.
    DOD photo # DN-SC-04-15494 NAVAL STATION SAN DIEGO (1 June 1992), a US Navy photo by PH2 M. Correa, now in the collections of Defense Imagery.mil.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Belleau Wood 84k USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) underway, 23 December 1992 in the Pacific.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Belleau Wood 89k USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) underway in the Pacific, date unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Belleau Wood 1929k A stern view of USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) pierside at Naval Ship Repair Facility, Subic Bay, Philippines, 1 March 1993.
    DOD photo # DN-SC-93-04378 NAVAL STATION SUBIC BAY (1 January 1993), a US Navy photo by LTjg. Jeff Hilton.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Belleau Wood 449k A starboard quarter view of USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) underway during Exercise Team Spirit '93, off the coast of the Republic of Korea, 1 March 1993.
    DOD photo # DN-SN-95-02152 REPUBLIC OF KOREA (1 March 1993),a US Navy photo by PH2 (NAC) Sanner, now in the collections of Defense Imagery.mil.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Belleau Wood 414k A port quarter view of USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) underway during Exercise Team Spirit '93, off the coast of the Republic of Korea, 1 March 1993.
    DOD photo # DN-SN-95-02153 REPUBLIC OF KOREA (1 March 1993), a US Navy photo by LTjg. Jeff Hilton now in the collections of Defense Imagery.mil.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Belleau Wood 48k USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3), at anchor in Hong Kong harbor, BCC, 28 July 1995. William Chiu
    Belleau Wood 796k USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3).refuels the guided-missile cruiser USS Vincennes (CG-49) during an underway replenishment (UNREP) off the coast of Australia, 6 March 1998. Belleau Wood and Vincenneswere participating in Exercise VALIANT USHER '98, a training exercise with Australian military forces.
    US Navy photo # 980306-N-5702K-004 AUSTRALIA (6 March 1998) by: PH3 Justin A. Kahkosko.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Belleau Wood 935k Airman Arruda Keolani, clears an AV-8B Harrier for take off from USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3). The Harrier is from Marine Attack Squadron Three One One (VMA-311) "Tomcats", assigned to Marine Aircraft Group Thirteen (MAG 13) at MCAS Yuma, Arizona. USS Belleau Wood is deployed off the coast of the Republic of Korea in support of Exercise Foal Eagle '98. Foal Eagle is an annual field training exercise that involves the majority of U.S. and Republic of Korea military forces stationed on the Korean Peninsula.
    US Air Force photo # 981030-F-5789F-501 REPUBLIC OF KOREA (30 October 1998), by SSGT Steve Faulisi now in the collections of Defense Imagery.mil.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Belleau Wood 86k USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) departs India Basin in Sasebo, Japan, for the last time, 11 August 2000. Belleau Wood recently completed the largest hull swap with the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). The crew that was in Essex transferred to Belleau Wood, and is bringing the ship back to her new homeport of San Diego. The crew that was in Belleau Wood has shifted to Essex which remains in Sasebo.
    US Navy photo # 000811-N-1303B-025 by LT. Lisa Brackenbury, photo from US Navy Newsstand web site.
    Bill Gonyo
    Belleau Wood 1157k A port beam view of USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) underway during a routine port call to Apra, Guam, 19 September 2000.
    US Navy photo # 000919-N-9885M-001 APRA HARBOR, Guam (19 September 2000) , by PH2 Alan D. Monyelle now in the collections of Defense Imagery.mil.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Belleau Wood 150k USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) underway, circa 2002. This says it all!
    US Navy photo
    Harvey Britt
    Belleau Wood 238k View of USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) island structure, date unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR (Ret)
    Belleau Wood 313k A Landing Craft Utility (LCU) returns to the well deck of USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) during a Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) offload, on 7 July 2004. The landing craft is transporting Marines, vehicles and their gear to the shores of Kuwait. Note the AV-8B Harrier 11 aircraft and the helicopters ranged on deck.
    US Navy photo by PHC Bart A. Bauer.
    Robert Hurst
    Belleau Wood 568k USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) moored pierside, Naval Station San Diego, CA., 20 November 2004. Photo by Walter F Loetell Jr. ETR 2, USS Sumner County - 1966 to 1968
    Belleau Wood 257k USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) and USS Pinckney (DDG-91) moored pierside, Naval Station San Diego, CA., 20 November 2004. Photo by Walter F Loetell Jr. ETR 2, USS Sumner County - 1966 to 1968
    Belleau Wood 59k USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) with her well deck flood in preparation for receiving landing craft, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    Belleau Wood 126k View of USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3)'s island and flight deck, date and location unknown. Photo by Richard Miller BMCS USNR (Ret)
    Belleau Wood 73k USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) sailors “man the rails” for the final time as the ship sails through San Diego Harbor completing her final voyage after 27 years of service as a U.S. Navy ship. Belleau Wood will be the first Tarawa Class amphibious assault ship to be decommissioned to make way for the LHA(R) amphibious class ship, expected in 2013. Note the decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Midway (CV-41) in the background.
    US Navy photo # 050711-N-7286M-083 by PH2 Daniel R. Mennuto.
    Chet Morris
    Belleau Wood 67k USNS Navajo (T-ATF-169) tows the decommissioned USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) out of Pearl Harbor to open waters off Hawaii for an upcoming sinking exercise (SINKEX) as part of exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2006. Belleau Wood will become an artificial reef near Hawaii. Eight nations are participating in RIMPAC, the world's largest biennial maritime exercise. Conducted in the waters off Hawaii, RIMPAC brings together military forces from Australia, Canada, Chile, Peru, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States.
    US Navy photo # 060710-N-9288T-041 by MC2 Brandon A. Teeples.
    Tony Cowart
    Belleau Wood 62k USNS Navajo (T-ATF-169) tows the decommissioned USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) out of Pearl Harbor to open waters off Hawaii for an upcoming sinking exercise (SINKEX) as part of exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2006. Belleau Wood will become an artificial reef near Hawaii.
    US Navy photo # 060710-N-9288T-053 by MC2 Brandon A. Teeples.
    Lee Wahler
    Belleau Wood 444k USNS Navajo (T-ATF-169) tows the decommissioned USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) from pier side in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 10 July 2006, out to open waters for an upcoming sink exercise (SINKEX) as part of exercise Rim of the Pacific 2006. Belleau Wood will become an artificial reef near Hawaii.
    US Navy photo # 060710-N-9288T-048 by MC2 Brandon A. Teeples.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Belleau Wood 75k USNS Navajo (T-ATF-169) tows the decommissioned USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) out of Pearl Harbor to open waters off Hawaii for an upcoming sinking exercise (SINKEX) as part of exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2006.
    US Navy photo # 060710-N-8629M-005 by MC2 Rebecca J. Moat.
    Tony Cowart

    Additional Ships Patches
    Belleau Wood
    Contributed by
    Mike Smolinski
    Belleau Wood
    Contributed by
    Clinton Henderson
    Belleau Wood
    Contributed by
    Clinton Henderson

    USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) Memorabilia
    Belleau Wood
    Welcome Aboard pamphlet
    Contributed by
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Belleau Wood
    1985
    Welcome Aboard pamphlet
    Contributed by
    Robert M. Cieri
    Belleau Wood
    1992
    Welcome Aboard pamphlet
    Contributed by
    Robert M. Cieri
    Belleau Wood
    1995
    Welcome Aboard pamphlet
    Contributed by
    Robert M. Cieri
    Belleau Wood
    1992
    Plan of the Day, 1 January 1986, Cover page
    Contributed by
    Robert M. Cieri
    Belleau Wood
    1992
    Plan of the Day, 1 January 1986, Page-1
    Contributed by
    Robert M. Cieri
    Belleau Wood
    1992
    Plan of the Day, 1 January 1986, Page-2
    Contributed by
    Robert M. Cieri
    Belleau Wood
    1992
    Decommissioning Program
    Contributed by
    Robert M. Cieri


    For more photos and information about USS Belleau Wood, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • Belleau Wood Association of Shipmates
  • SINKEX photos, 10 July 2006
  • Commanding Officers

  • Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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