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USS Wasp (LHD-1)

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Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
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Bottom Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3-Somalia) - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Armed Forces Service Medal


Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship (Multi-Purpose):
  • Laid down, 30 May 1985, at Litton-Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp. Pascagoula, MS.
  • Launched, 4 August 1987
  • Commissioned USS Wasp (LHD-1), 29 July 1989
  • USS Wasp is a unit of Amphibious Group 2, US Atlantic Fleet, and is homeported at Norfolk, VA.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 40,650 tons (fl.)
    Length 844'
    Beam 105'
    Speed 20 kts.+
    Complement
    104 Officer
    1004 Enlisted
    Marine Force
    894 (plus 184 surge)
    Armament
    two RAM launchers
    two NATO Sea Sparrow launchers
    three 20mm Phalanx (CIWS) mounts
    four .50cal. machine guns
    Aircraft
    twelve CH-46 Sea Knight Helicopters
    four CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopters
    six AV-8B Harrier attack aircraft
    three UH-1N Huey helicopters
    four AH-1W Super Cobra helicopters
    planned capability to embark MV-22 Osprey VTOL tilt-rotors
    Power Plant
    two 600 psi boilers
    two geared steam turbines
    two shafts
    70,000 total shaft horsepower

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    Wasp 171k Wasp (LHD-1) preparation for keel laying in May 1985 at Litton-Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp. Pascagoula, MS., Courtesy Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp. Gerd Matthes
    Wasp 128k Wasp (LHD-1) on the Ingalls transporter at Pascagoula prior to launch, 30 July 1987.
    Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp. photo from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    Wasp 78k USS Wasp (LHD-1) drydocked, at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp, Pascagoula, MS. after launching, circa August 1987.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, August 1989, Courtesy Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Wasp 72k USS Wasp (LHD-1) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, August 1989, Courtesy Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Wasp 61k USS Wasp (LHD-1) under way during sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico, May 1989.
    Courtesy Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp. photo.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Wasp 159k USS Wasp (LHD-1) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
     
    Wasp 45k USS Wasp (LHD-1) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
     
    Wasp 46k USS Wasp (LHD-1) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Wasp 192k USS Wasp (LHD-1) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, August 1990
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    CV-59 Forrestal 176k

    Four ships are silhouetted against the sea as they sail together during the NATO exercise Display Determination '91, 7 November 1991, in the Mediterranean Sea. The ships are, from front to back: the British aircraft carrier HMS Invincible (R-05), the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CV-59), USS Wasp (LHD-1) and the Spanish aircraft carrier Príncipe de Asturias (R-11).
    Defense Imagery photo # DN-ST-92-01127, a US Navy photo by PH2 R.C. Witham now in the collections of Defense Imagery.mil

    Ken Killmeyer,
    USS Forrestal Association historian
    CV-59 Forrestal 136k As above, from the opposite angle. Ships are, from front to back: the Spanish aircraft carrier Príncipe de Asturias (R-11), USS Wasp USS Forrestal (CV-59), and the British aircraft carrier HMS Invincible (R-05)
    Wasp 79k USS Wasp (LHD-1) at sea, circa 1997, while launching an air cushion landing craft (LCAC).
    US Navy photo # 970000-N-00000-001 from the Navy Newsstand.
    Bill Gonyo
    Wasp 144k USS Wasp (LHD-1) operating in the Mediterranean Sea, 5 May 1998.
    US Navy photo # 1-98-527-N-0000W-001 from the Navy Newsstand.
    Bernard A. Cardali
    Wasp 79k USS Wasp (LHD-1) making her way up river beneath the Verranzo Narrows Bridge, 26 May 1999. The ship was participating in New York City's Fleet Week '99'.
    U.S. Navy photo # 990526-N-7230N-001
    Navy NewsStand
    Wasp 2136k USS Wasp (LHD-1) departing Genoa, Italy, 9 June 2000. Photos by Carlo Martinelli
    Wasp 1534k
    Wasp 1393k
    Wasp 77k USS Wasp (LHD-1) under way in the Atlantic Ocean, 3 August 2000. Crew members proudly proclaim the number of the crew who have qualified for ESWS/EAWS. "EAWS" stands for Enlisted Air Warfare Specialist and "ESWS" stands for Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist. These are enlisted warfare designations attained after extensive training sessions and an examination.
    U.S. Navy photo # 000803-N-0803P-001 by PH1 Andrew P. Pruitt.
    Bill Gonyo
    Wasp 116k USS Wasp (LHD-1) under way, location unknown, 2001.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Wasp 372k USS Wasp (LHD-1) launches a single RIM-7M "Sea Sparrow" from her forward missile mount, 17 January 2002. The RIM-7M is used aboard ships for surface-to-air anti-missile defense. Wasp is conducting a Joint Task Force/Special Operations Capabilities (SOCEX) Exercise while preparing for her scheduled six-month deployment.
    US Navy photo # 020117-N-2210L-001 At sea aboard USS Wasp (LHD 1) Jan. 17, 2002 by PHAN Aaron W. Lockhart.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Wasp 72k Flying over USS Wasp (LHD-l) in the Arabian Sea, June 2002, two CH-53E Sea Stallions prepare to refuel from Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron Two Five Two (VMGR-252)'s KC-135 Hercules. The Sea Stallions from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron Two Six One (HMM-261) are assigned to the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) from North Carolina.
    US Air Force photo by Cheresa D. Clark
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Wasp 111k USS Wasp (LHD-1) receives nearly 65 thousand gallons of fuel during an underway replenishment (UNREP) with USNS Supply (T-AOE-6), 17 July 2002. The two ships are sailing at a distance of about 150 feet apart, a feat requiring excellent seamanship. The Wasp Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit are conducting missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The MEU is an expeditionary intervention force with the ability to rapidly organize for combat operations in virtually any environment. It demonstrates the power of the Navy-Marine Corps Team.
    US Navy photo # 020717-N-6380E-001 by PHAN Teresa Ellison.
    Bill Gonyo
    Wasp 61k USS Wasp (LHD-1) entering Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta, 4 March 2004 while on her way to the Gulf. George Farrugia
    Wasp 85k USS Wasp (LHD-1) moored at Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta, 6 March 2004 while on her way to the Gulf. Gerd Matthes
    Wasp 248k US Marines assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) load onto an Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) assigned to Assault Craft Unit Four (ACU-4), Northern Arabian Gulf, 24 March 2004. The Marines are conducting offload operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1). Wasp and her embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) are currently on deployment in the 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR) as the lead ship for Expeditionary Strike Group Two (ESG 2).
    US Navy photo # 040324-N-7586B-078 by PH1 Bart Bauer.
    Robert Hurst
    Wasp 83k USS Wasp (LHD-1) pulls into Naval Station Norfolk following a seven-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), 18 September 2004. The Wasp-led Expeditionary Strike Group Two (ESG-2) was the first East Coast ESG to deploy.
    US Navy photo # 040918-N-4953E-021 by PH2 Danny Ewing Jr.
    Navy Newsstand
    Wasp 87k USS Wasp (LHD-1) pulls into Naval Station Norfolk, 18 September 2004, as line handlers assigned to USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), stand at parade rest ready to secure the ship to the pier. Wasp returned to Norfolk following a seven-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).
    US Navy photo # 040918-N-6371Q-036 by PHAN Orlando Quintero.
    Navy Newsstand
    Wasp 424k USS Wasp (LHD-1) is astern of the guided missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG-57) as she maneuvers into position off the coast of Panama during PANAMAX 2007. Civil and military forces from 19 countries are participating in PANAMAX 2007, a U.S. Southern Command joint and multi-national training exercise co-sponsored with the government of Panama, in the waters off the coasts of Panama and Honduras
    US Navy photo # 070831-N-1810F-849 CARIBBEAN SEA (Aug. 31, 2007) by MC2 Todd Frantom.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Wasp 393k An up-close view of the starboard side of a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM-263), Marine Aircraft Group 29, preparing for lift off from the flight deck of USS Wasp (LHD-1). Wasp is on surge deployment to the Middle East carrying the Osprey to its first combat deployment.
    US Navy photo # 071004-N-1189B-002 GULF OF AQABA (Oct. 4, 2007) by MC2 Zachary L. Borden.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Wasp 408k U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM-263), Marine Aircraft Group 29, preparing for lift off from the flight deck of USS Wasp (LHD-1). Wasp is on surge deployment to the Middle East carrying the Osprey to its first combat deployment.
    US Navy photo # 071004-N-1189B-048 GULF OF AQABA (Oct. 4, 2007) by MC2 Zachary L. Borden.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Wasp 495k U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM-263), Marine Aircraft Group 29, preparing for lift off from the flight deck of USS Wasp (LHD-1). Wasp is on surge deployment to the Middle East carrying the Osprey to its first combat deployment.
    US Navy photo # 071004-N-1189B-022 GULF OF AQABA (Oct. 4, 2007) by MC2 Zachary L. Borden.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Wasp 999k USS Wasp (LHD-1) at anchor during well deck operations off the coast of North Carolina. Wasp crew of approximately 1,100 Sailors and 365 embarked Marines are preparing for a three-month Southern Partnership Station deployment.
    US Navy photo # 091005-N-0890S-057 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 5, 2009) by MC3 David Smart.
    Lee Wahler
    Wasp 1263k An MV-22 Osprey aircraft assigned to Operational Test Squadron (VMX-21) lifts off the flight deck of USS Wasp (LHD-1) during testing and evaluating of the Osprey for its upgraded flight control software and its ability to conduct short take-offs and roll-on landings
    US Navy photo # 100804-N-JK632-141 ATLANTIC OCEAN (August 4, 2010) by MC1 Rebekah Adler.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Wasp 672k USS Wasp (LHD-1) departs Naval Station Norfolk ahead of Hurricane Irene. Vice Adm. Daniel Holloway, commander of U.S. 2nd Fleet, ordered all ships in the Hampton Roads area to set Sortie Condition Alpha. Ships in the area are departing early Thursday morning, Aug. 25. Irene's current track indicates it will pass off the North Carolina and Virginia coasts late Saturday as a Category 3 hurricane.
    US Navy photo # 110825-N-PS473-131 NORFOLK (Aug. 25, 2011) by MC2 Eric S. Garst.
    Lee Wahler
    Wasp 220k USS Wasp (LHD-1) and amphibious transport dock ships USS New York (LPD-21) and USS San Antonio (LPD-17) transit in formation during a training exercise. The ships are returning to Norfolk after standing by to provide assistance to areas affected by Hurricane Irene.
    US Navy photo # 110831-N-PM781-006 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 31, 2011) by MC1 Arif Patani.
    Lee Wahler
    Wasp 451k USS Wasp (LHD-1) arrives at Naval Station Mayport, FL. for a port visit. Wasp departed her homeport of Norfolk to conduct routine operations in the waters of the Southern Caribbean and use the degaussing range at Mayport.
    US Navy photo # 120313-N-TC587-014 MAYPORT, Fla. (March 13, 2012) by MC2 Jacob Sippel.
    Lee Wahler
    Big Horn 1216k USS Wasp (LHD-1), left, the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Big Horn (T-AO 198) and the Royal Canadian navy frigate HMCS St. John's (FFH-340) perform a replenishment at sea while transiting the Gulf of Mexico. Wasp is underway to participate in the upcoming Fleet Week events in New Orleans, La., and Port Everglades, Fla.
    US Navy photo # 120416-N-AW702-021 GULF OF MEXICO (April 16, 2012) by MC2 Jacob Sippel.
    Lee Wahler
    Wasp 1416k USS Wasp (LHD-1) prepares to moor at Port Everglades. Wasp, along with four other U.S. Navy ships and a U.S. Coast Guard cutter are scheduled to participate in the Fleet Week Port Everglades 2012.
    US Navy photo # 120425-N-UA460-025 PORT EVERGLADES, Fla. (April 25, 2012) by MC2 Greg Johnson.
    Lee Wahler
    Wasp 199k USS Wasp (LHD-1) moored at Naval Station Norfolk, VA., 29 November 2012.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Wasp 212k USS Wasp (LHD-1) moored at Naval Station Norfolk, VA., December 2012.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Wasp 292k USS Wasp (LHD-1) arrives in Port Everglades, Fla. to participate in Fleet Week Port Everglades 2015. Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen from five ships are participating in the 25th annual Fleet Week Port Everglades, a week long celebration and collaboration with communities in South Florida.
    US Navy photo # 150504-N-LG762-090 PORT EVERGLADES, Fla. (May 4, 2015) by MCSN Zhiwei Tan.
    Lee Wahler
    Wasp 1991k Sailors and distinguished visitors watch an F-35B Lightning II aircraft conduct vertical takeoff and landing flight operations aboard USS Wasp (LHD-1). Wasp is conducting the F-35B first phase operational testing to include flight deck operations, maintenance operations and logistical supply chain operations at sea.
    US Navy photo # 150520-N-BQ308-209 ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 20, 2015) by MCC William Tonacchio.
    Ron Reeves
    Big Horn 216k The fleet replenishment oiler USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with USS Wasp (LHD-1). Wasp is underway with the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group participating in Amphibious Ready Group/ Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise.
    US Navy photo # 160414-N-TI017-086 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 14, 2016) by MC2 Nathan R. McDonald.
    Lee Wahler
    Big Horn 138k USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198) conducts a vertical replenishment- with USS Wasp (LHD1). Wasp is deployed with the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.
    US Navy photo # 160806-N-ZE250-133 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Aug. 6, 2016) by MC3 Weston Jones
    Ron Reeves
    Wasp 307k An MV-22 Osprey lands on the flight deck of the USS Wasp (LHD-1). Wasp is deployed with the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.
    US Navy photo # 160924-N-VK310-067 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Sept. 24, 2016) by MC3 Michael Molina.
    Ron Reeves
    Wasp 226k An AV-8B Harrier, from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), takes off from USS Wasp (LHD-1), 8 December 2016. The 22nd MEU, embarked in Wasp, is conducting precision air strikes in support of the Libyan Government aligned forces against Daesh targets in Sirte, Libya, as part of Operation Odyssey Lightning.
    US Navy photo.
    Tommy Trampp
    Wasp 178k An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter departs USS Wasp (LHD-1) during a vertical replenishment with the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS William McLean (T-AKE-12). Wasp is currently deployed with the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.
    US Navy photo # 161208-N-JI086-129 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Dec. 8, 2016) by Seaman Ford Williams.
    Ron Reeves
    Wasp 103k
    An MV-22 Osprey assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) launches from the flight deck of USS Wasp (LHD-1). Wasp is deployed as part of the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group, which is offloading the 22nd MEU after completing a six-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operations.
    US Navy photo # 161220-N-BD308-120 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 20, 2016) by SN Levingston Lewis
    Navy Photos of the Day
    Wasp
    161224-N-XQ474-158 NORFOLK (Dec. 24, 2016)
    151k
    USS Wasp (LHD-1) arrives at Naval Station Norfolk as part of the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group (WSP ARG) following a six-month deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in Europe and Middle East. WSP ARG includes Commander, Amphibious Squadron 6; USS Wasp (LHD-1); USS San Antonio (LPD-17); USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41) and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).
    US Navy photo #'s 161224-N-XQ474-158 NORFOLK (Dec. 24, 2016) by MC2 Andrew Schneider and 161224-N-OH194-040 NORFOLK (Dec. 24, 2016) by MC1 Grant P. Ammon
    Navy Photos of the Day
    Wasp
    161224-N-OH194-040 NORFOLK (Dec. 24, 2016)
    186k
    Wasp 249k USS Wasp (LHD-1) departs BAE Systems, Norfolk Ship Repair for sea trials.
    US Navy photo # 170606-N-UD885-001 NORFOLK (June 6, 2017) by Art Ladler
    Lee Wahler
    Wasp 246k USS Wasp (LHD-1) departs Naval Station Norfolk outbound for Sasebo, Japan, to conduct a turnover with USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) as the forward-deployed flagship of the amphibious forces in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.
    US Navy photo # 70830-N-VC599-004 NORFOLK (Aug. 30, 2017) by MC2 Justin Wolpert
    Lee Wahler

    USS Wasp (LHD-1) Memorabilia
    Wasp
    1989
    Commissioning Program
    Contributed by
    Robert M. Cieri
    Wasp
    1989
    Ingalls
    Public Relations Handout
    Contributed by
    Robert M. Cieri
    Wasp
    1991
    Welcome Aboard
    Contributed by
    Robert M. Cieri
    Wasp
    1993
    Persian Gulf Cruise
    Contributed by
    Robert M. Cieri
    Wasp
    2001
    Welcome Aboard
    Contributed by
    Robert M. Cieri


    For more photos and information about USS Wasp, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • USS Wasp (LHD-1) Historical Chronology
  • USS Wasp (LHD-1)
  • Navy Fact File - Amphibious Assault Ships LHA/LHD/LHA(R)

  • Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Picotte, Leonard Francis (Len), USN :RADM29 July 1989 - 12 March 1990
    02CAPT. Hanke, Robert Richard, USN12 March 1990 - 29 July 1991
    03CAPT. Saffell Jr., Charles Raymond, USN :RADM29 July 1991 - 15 January 1993
    04CAPT. McEwen, Gary Bruce15 January 1993 - 4 June 1993
    05CAPT. Chaplin, Robert Charles, USN :RADM4 June 1993 - 2 December 1994
    06CAPT. Duffy, Raymond A., USN2 December 1994 - 12 April 1996
    07CAPT. Greenwalt, Stanton C.12 April 1996 - 9 May 1997
    08CAPT. Anderson, Thomas Jay9 May 1997 - 8 January 1999
    09CAPT. Story Jr., Hugh Goodman8 January 1999 - 8 September 2000
    10CAPT. Jackson, Robert Charles, USN (1976)8 September 2000 - 15 February 2002
    11CAPT. McNamee III, Edward Patrick, USN15 February 2002 - 28 August 2003
    12CAPT. Wise II, James Edgar28 August 2003 - 7 February 2005
    13CAPT. Miller, Todd Robert7 February 2005 - 21 September 2006
    14CAPT. Hawley, Michael Duane21 September 2006 - 11 April 2008
    15CAPT. Fillion, Daniel Henry :RADM11 April 2008 - 2 July 2009
    16CAPT. Crow, Lowell David2 July 2009 - 8 October 2010
    17CAPT. Holdener, Brenda M.8 October 2010 - 13 December 2011
    18CAPT. Boardman, Gary Michael Barto, USN13 December 2011 - 18 July 2013
    19CAPT. Teets, Brian T., USN18 July 2013 - 23 January 2015
    20CAPT. Kastner, Kurt Allan, USN23 January 2015 - April 2016
    21CAPT. Smith, Andrew Fowler (Mongo), USNApril 2016 -  
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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