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USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7)

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Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship (Multi-Purpose):
  • Laid down, 3 November 1997, at Litton-Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp. Pascagoula. MS.
  • Launched, 2 February 2000
  • Commissioned USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7), 30 June, 2001 at Pensacola, FL
  • USS Iwo Jima is assigned to the US Atlantic Fleet, Amphibious Squadron 6, homeported at Norfolk, VA.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 40,358 tons (fl.)
    Length 844'
    Beam 105'
    Speed 20 kts.+
    Complement 104 Officer, 1004 Enlisted
    Marine Force 1894 (plus 184 surge)
    Armament
    two RAM launchers
    two NATO Sea Sparrow launchers
    two 20mm Phalanx (CIWS) mounts
    four .50cal. machine guns
    four 25mm Mk 38 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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    Iwo Jima 121k Artist's conception of USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) by the well known graphic illustrator John Barrett. His company, Navy Yard Associates offers, prints of many other navy types including most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your biography, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource. Navy Yard Associates
    Iwo Jima 73k Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington, VA.
    Official US Marine Corps Photo, by CPL B. M. Richman.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 29k Iwo Jima (LHD-7) on her floating launch pontoon.
    US Navy photo
    USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) web site
    Iwo Jima 15k Iwo Jima (LHD-7) in her floating drydock ready for launch.
    US Navy photo
    USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) web site
    Iwo Jima 19k Iwo Jima (LHD-7) after launching 4 February 2000.
    US Navy photo
    USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) web site
    Iwo Jima 108k Iwo Jima (LHD-7) being moved to her fitting out dock.
    US Navy photo
    USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) web site
    Iwo Jima 459k USCG Cutter Eagle passes USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) on the Hudson River during Fleet Week 2002 in New York Harbor, 22 May 2002.
    US Navy photo # 1-HR-020522-N-3235P-513 for the Navy Newsstand web site
    Bernard A. Cardali
    Iwo Jima 1722k USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) pulls into Pier-88 after sailing up the Hudson River to kick off Fleet Week 2002 in New York City. More than 6000 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guard personnel aboard 22 ships sailed into New York City today for the 15th Annual Fleet Week.
    US Navy photo # 020522-N-3235P-501 New York City (Fleet Week 2002) May 22, 2002 by MC1 Michael W. Pendergrass.
    Robert Hurst
    Iwo Jima 66k USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) (right) and USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) (left) moored side by side at the carrier piers Naval Station Norfolk, VA., 2002 Gerd Matthes
    Iwo Jima 128k USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) steams back to Norfolk, VA. after conducting training in the Atlantic Ocean in preparation for their upcoming deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
    US Navy photo # 030205-N-8822C-013 by PH1 Peter Cline.
    Navy Newsstand
    Iwo Jima 55k USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) on her first visit to Valletta Port, Malta. 8 May 2003 Photo by Anthony Vella, Senglea, Malta
    Iwo Jima 57k USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) on her first visit to Valletta Port, Malta. 8 May 2003 Photo by Anthony Vella, Senglea, Malta
    Iwo Jima 54k USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) berthed at Laboratory Wharf, Malta on 10 May 2003. Photo by Anthony Vella, Senglea, Malta
    Iwo Jima 68k USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) under way along Oslow Bay area off the coast of Camp LeJeune, N.C., 17 May 2005. An SH-60 Seahawk helicopter flies near the ship during a Capability Exercise with the guided missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71) and the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade.
    US Navy photo # 050517-N-7554J-005 by PH3 Steve Jones, 17 May 2005.
    US Navy Newsstand
    Iwo Jima 37k Invitation to tour USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) while on a port visit to Portland, ME., 3 July 2005. Chet Morris
    Iwo Jima 46k USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) Sailors man the rails as the ship arrives in the port of Portland, ME. Iwo Jima was visiting Maine by special invitation from the city of Portland for the July 4th weekend.
    US Navy photo # 050702-N-6204K-012 by PH3 Christian Knoell.
    Chet Morris
    Iwo Jima 88k USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) pierside, Portland, ME., 4 July 2005.
    Photo by Russ Yeaton.
    Chet Morris
    Iwo Jima 60k USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) departing, Portland, ME., 5 July 2005. Chet Morris
    Iwo Jima 105k US Marine Corps UH-1N Huey helicopters conduct flight operations from the deck of USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), 6 September 2005. Iwo Jima in the port of New Orleans serving as the command and control center for Joint Task Force Katrina, the combined military effort to provide aid for the areas hit by Hurricane Katrina. The Navy's involvement in the Hurricane Katrina humanitarian assistance operations is led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in conjunction with the Department of Defense.
    US Navy photo # 050906-N-4781D-005 by PH3 Bradley Dawson.
    Chet Morris
    Iwo Jima 101k USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), sits pier side in New Orleans in support of Hurricane Katrina humanitarian assistance operations, 10 September 2005.
    US Navy photo # 050910-N-8933S-001 by PH2 Robert Jay Stratchko.
    Chet Morris
    Iwo Jima 66k USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) underway in the Gulf of Mexico to avoid Hurricane Rita, 21 September 2005. Iwo Jima has been berthed at New Orleans in support of Hurricane Katrina humanitarian assistance operations.
    US Navy photo # 050517-N-7554J-005
    Jack Treutle
    Iwo Jima 1790k USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) operating in dense fog in the Atlantic Ocean. Iwo Jima is currently underway conducting exercises in preparation for an upcoming deployment.
    US Navy photo # 060115-N-6282K-001 Atlantic Ocean (Jan. 15, 2006) by LISA Bryant Kurowski.
    Robert Hurst
    Arctic 85k USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) pulls alongside USNS Arctic (T-AOE-8) during a replenishment at sea (RAS), somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean, 11 June 2006.
    US Navy photo # 060611-N-6403R-004 by PHAN Joshua T. Rodriguez, US Navy News Stand.
    Lee Wahler
    Iwo Jima 78k USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) moored pierside in a German port during a routine port visit, 7 August 2006 Gerd Matthes
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    Iwo Jima 490k A "yellow shirt" aircraft director conducts a landing of a V-22 Osprey aboard USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7), 27 September 2007. This is the first time Iwo Jima has conducted operations with the V-22 Osprey in more than two years.
    US Navy photo # 070927-N-7202W-014 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 27, 2007) by MC3 Amanda M. Williams.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 571k Two V-22 Ospreys touch down on the flight deck of USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7), 27 September 2007.
    US Navy photo # 070927-N-7202W-002 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 27, 2007) by MC3 Amanda M. Williams.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 764k Aviation Boatswain’s Mates watch a V-22 Osprey as it lifts off from the flight deck of USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), 27 September 2007.
    US Navy photo # 070927-N-7202W-001 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 27, 2007) by MC3 Amanda M. Williams.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 236k USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) moored at the Packer Avenue terminal in Philadelphia, PA., 5 November 2007. Note the two MV-22 Ospreys and Harrier on the forward end of the flight deck. Photo by Dave Wright
    Iwo Jima 1665k USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) underway conducting training in preparation for an upcoming deployment.
    US Navy photo # 080312-N-6282K-045 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 12, 2008) by MC3 Bryant A. Kurowski.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 459k USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), the guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG-61) and the dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD-50) are moored pier side in Ft. Lauderdale, FL., 1 May 2008, for Fleet Week Port Everglades. During Fleet Week, more than 2,500 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen will participate in a number of community outreach activities as well as enjoy the hospitality and tourism South Florida has to offer.
    US Navy photo # 080501-N-1082Z-051 PORT EVERGLADES, Fla. (May 1, 2008) by MC2 Jason R. Zalasky.
    Lee Wahler
    Iwo Jima 2309k USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) pulls away after a replenishment at sea with the guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG-61), 14 May 2008. Iwo Jima and Ramage are participating in the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group integration training.
    US Navy photo # 080514-N-1082Z-039 ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 14, 2008) by MC2 Jason R. Zalasky.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 2073k USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) steams in formation, followed by the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD-17), for a straits transit exercise during the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group composite unit training exercise (COMPTUEX). COMPTUEX provides a realistic training environment to ensure the strike group is capable and ready for its upcoming scheduled deployment.
    US Navy photo # 080717-N-3392P-004 ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 17, 2008) by MC3 Katrina Parker.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 1381k Sailors and Marines man the rails aboard Iwo Jima (LHD-7), 26 August 2008. Iwo Jima is making a scheduled deployment as the flagship of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group, which is en route to the Navy's 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility supporting maritime security operations.
    US Navy photo # 080826-N-1831S-051 NORFOLK, Va. (Aug. 26, 2008) by MC3 Michael Starkey
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 589k Family and friends stand on the pier at Naval Station Norfolk as they watch USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) depart for a regularly scheduled deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the US 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 080826-N-5681S-011 NORFOLK, Va. (Aug. 26, 2008) by MCSA Ash Severe.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 2102k Helicopters from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron-264 (HMM-264) line the flight deck of USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7), 28 August 2008. Iwo Jima, the flagship of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group, is on a scheduled deployment en route to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility supporting maritime security operations.
    US Navy photo # 080828-N-4236E-066 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 28, 2008) by MCSN Chad R. Erdmann.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 1972k A CH-53E Super Stallion from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron-264 (HMM-264) lands on the flight deck of USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7), 28 August 2008. Iwo Jima, the flagship of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group, is on a scheduled deployment en route to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility supporting maritime security operations.
    US Navy photo # 080828-N-4236E-469 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 28, 2008) by MCSN Chad R. Erdmann.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 2170k An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron-26 (HSC-26) the "Chargers" lands on the flight deck of the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7).28 August 2008. Iwo Jima, the flagship of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group, is on a scheduled deployment en route to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility supporting maritime security operations.
    US Navy photo # 080828-N-4236E-589 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 28, 2008) by MCSN Chad R. Erdmann.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 1648k An AV-8B Harrier from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron-264 (HMM-264) (REIN) lands on the flight deck of USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7), 28 August 2008. Iwo Jima, the flagship of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group, is on a scheduled deployment en route to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility supporting maritime security operations.
    US Navy photo # 080828-N-4236E-238 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 28, 2008) by MCSN Chad R. Erdmann.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 2417k A CH-46 assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron-264 (HMM-264), the "Black Knights" prepares to land aboard USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7), 30 August 208. Iwo Jima is on a regularly scheduled deployment as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG), which is en route to the Navy's 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility in support of maritime security operations
    US Navy photo # 080830-N-3392P-076 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 30, 2008) by MC2 Katrina Parker.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 1600k ABH3 Charniah Yearwood signals an MH-60S Sea Hawk from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron-26 (HSC 26), the "Chargers" to land on the flight deck of USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7), 30 August 2008. Iwo Jima, the flagship of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group, is on a scheduled deployment en route to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility supporting maritime security operations.
    US Navy photo # 080830-N-4236E-021 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 30, 2008) by MCSN Chad R. Erdmann.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 1663k ABH3 Lataf Bush waits to launch an AH-1W Cobra from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron-264 (HMM-264), while an SH-60B from Anti-Submarine Helicopter Squadron Light-42 (HSL 42), "The Proud Warriors" will make another pass at USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7), 30 August 2008. Iwo Jima, the flagship of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group, is on a scheduled deployment en route to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility supporting maritime security operations.
    US Navy photo # 080830-N-4236E-091 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 30, 2008) by MCSN Chad R. Erdmann.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 1628k ABH3 Lataf Bush launches an AH-1W Cobra from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron-264 (HMM-264) from the flight deck of USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7), 30 August 2008. Iwo Jima, the flagship of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group, is on a scheduled deployment en route to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility supporting maritime security operations.
    US Navy photo # 080830-N-4236E-113 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 30, 2008) by MCSN Chad R. Erdmann.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 1838k The guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG-61) and USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) steam through the Atlantic Ocean, 3 September 2008. Ramage and Iwo Jima are part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group in support of maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility
    US Navy photo # 080906-N-1082Z-209 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 6, 2008) by MC2 Flordeliz Valerio.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 2641k USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) leads the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group as the formation steams through the Atlantic Ocean, 6 September 2008. The strike group is supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility
    US Navy photo # 080906-N-1082Z-209 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 6, 2008) by MC2 Jason R. Zalasky.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 2307k USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) leads the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group as the formation steams through the Atlantic Ocean, 6 September 2008. The strike group is supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility
    US Navy photo # 080906-N-1082Z-290 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 6, 2008) by MC2 Jason R. Zalasky.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 2571k USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) transits the Atlantic Ocean, 6 September 2008. Iwo Jima is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group, which is supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. Navy's 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 080906-N-1082Z-015 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 6, 2008) by MC2 Jason R. Zalasky.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 2077k The guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG-72) and USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) steam through the Atlantic Ocean, 6 September 2008. Vella Gulf and Iwo Jima are part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group in support of maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility
    US Navy photo # 080906-N-3392P-157 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 6, 2008) by MC2 Katrina Parker.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 2758k USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) leads the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group in a transit of the Atlantic Ocean, 6 September 2008. Iwo Jima is deployed as the lead ship of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 080906-N-1082Z-170 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 6, 2008) by MC2 Jason R. Zalasky.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 2120k USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) transits the Atlantic Ocean, 6 September 2008. Iwo Jima is deployed as the lead ship of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 080906-N-1082Z-029 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 6, 2008) by MC2 Jason R. Zalasky.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 1928k An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the "Chargers" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC-26) conducts a vertical replenishment (VERTREP) with USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7), 7 September 2008. Iwo Jima is deployed as the flagship of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group and is supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility..
    US Navy photo # 080907-N-3392P-042 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 7, 2008) by MC2 Katrina Parker.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 2180k USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) conducts a replenishment at sea with the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Laramie (T-AO-203), 7 September 2008. Iwo Jima is deployed as the flagship of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group and is supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility
    US Navy photo # 080907-N-9134V-170 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 07, 2008) by MC2 Flordeliz Valerio.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 2013k Sailors depart USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) during a port visit to Haifa, Israel. Iwo Jima is deployed as the flag ship of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 080916-N-4704W-059 HAIFA, Israel (Sept. 16, 2008) by MMC Michael Waranis.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 2052k USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) transits the Persian Gulf. Iwo Jima is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.
    US Navy photo # 081025-N-4236E-061 PERSIAN GULF (Oct. 25, 2008) by MCSN Chad R. Erdmann.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 2034k USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) turns hard to port in the Persian Gulf. Iwo Jima is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 081025-N-4236E-362 PERSIAN GULF (Oct. 25, 2008) by MCSN Chad R. Erdmann.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 1586k Aerial port quarter view of USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) as she transits the Persian Gulf. Iwo Jima is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility
    US Navy photo # 081025-N-5681S-057 PERSIAN GULF (Oct. 25, 2008) by MC3 Michael Starkey.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 1373k Aerial port beam view of USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) as she transits the Persian Gulf. Iwo Jima is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 081025-N-5681S-064 PERSIAN GULF (Oct. 25, 2008) by MC3 Michael Starkey.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 1864k USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) transits the Persian Gulf. Iwo Jima is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 090112-N-3392P-165 PERSIAN GULF (Jan. 12, 2009) by MC2 Katrina Parker.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 1969k USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) transits the Persian Gulf. Iwo Jima is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 090121-N-3392P-201 PERSIAN GULF (Jan. 21, 2009) by MC2 Katrina Parker.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 1917k Sailors aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD-50) watch USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) breakaway from the Military Sealift Command dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1) after a replenishment at sea. Carter Hall and Iwo Jima are deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility
    US Navy photo # 090121-N-3392P-168 PERSIAN GULF (Jan. 21, 2009) by MC2 Katrina Parker.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Lewis and Clark 2322k USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) conducts a vertical replenishment with the dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Louis and Clark (T-AKE-1). Iwo Jima is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    090121-N-3392P-038 PERSIAN GULF (Jan. 21, 2009) by MC2 Katrina Parker.
    Lee Wahler and Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 2464k USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) moored at Naval Station Rota, Spain during a scheduled port visit. Iwo Jima is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 090313-N-1082Z-029 ROTA, Spain (March 13, 2009) by MC2 Jason R. Zalasky.
    Lee Wahler
    Iwo Jima 86k USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) underway off Naval Station Norfolk, VA., 9 May 2009. Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr.
    Iwo Jima 251k USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) conducts well deck operations while anchored off the coast of Colombia. Iwo Jima is supporting Continuing Promise 2010, a humanitarian civic assistance operation that provides medical, dental, veterinary, and engineering assistance to partner nations in Central and South America.
    US Navy photo # 100817-N-NN926-001 Atlantic Ocean (February 3, 2010) by MC2 Zane Ecklund.
    Robert M. Cieri
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    824k USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) arrives at Port Everglades for the start of Fleet Week Port Everglades. This is the twentieth Fleet Week Port Everglades, South Florida's annual celebration of the Maritime Services. More than 2,500 American and German Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen will participate in a number of community outreach activities and enjoy the hospitality and tourism of South Florida.
    US Navy photo #'s 100426-C-8670L-007 PORT EVERGLADES, Fla. (April 26, 2010) and 100426-C-8670L-008 PORT EVERGLADES, Fla. (April 26, 2010) by Scott Lehr.
    Lee Wahler
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    100804-N-7456N-430 GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (Aug. 4, 2010)
    382k USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) arrives at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for refueling and supplies. Iwo Jima finished its first phase of humanitarian assistance operations in Haiti supporting Continuing Promise 2010, a four-month humanitarian and civic assistance mission through Latin America and the Caribbean.
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    100804-N-7456N-430 GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (Aug. 4, 2010) by MC3 Joshua R. Nistas
    100804-N-6843T-001 GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (Aug. 4, 2010) by Terence R. Peck
    100804-N-6566M-005 GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (Aug. 4, 2010) by MC3 Heidi McCormick.
    Lee Wahler
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    100804-N-6843T-001 GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (Aug. 4, 2010)
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    100804-N-6566M-005 GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (Aug. 4, 2010)
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    Iwo Jima 868k USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) departs Naval Station Norfolk as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group with the embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24MEU). Iwo Jima will support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 120414-N-QM601-069 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 14, 2012) by MC3 Ian Carver.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 595k USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) underway in the Atlantic Ocean. Iwo Jima is participating in Exercise African Lion 2012, a bi-lateral exercise between U.S. and Moroccan forces, in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 120327-N-XK513-024 NORFOLK (March 27, 2012) by MCSA Scott Youngblood/.
    Ron Reeves
    John Lenthall 381k The fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Lenthall (T-AO-189), left, and USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) operate in the Mediterranean Sea. Iwo Jima is part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group with the embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU-24) and is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 121106-N-NN926-003 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Nov. 6, 2012) by MC2 Zane Ecklund.
    Lee Wahler
    Iwo Jima 199k USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) conducting flight deck certification in the Atlantic Ocean.
    US Navy photo # 140309-N-WS581-448 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 9, 2014) by MC3 Andrew J. Sneeringer.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima
    140311-N-MQ972-085 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 11, 2014)
    286k USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) conducting sea trials in the Atlantic Ocean.
    US Navy photo #'s
    140311-N-MQ972-085 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 11, 2014)
    and
    140311-N-MQ972-208 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 11, 2014) by MCSN Wallem.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima
    140311-N-MQ972-208 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 11, 2014)
    203k
    Iwo Jima 174k USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) arrives at her new homeport at Naval Station Mayport. The homeport change is part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group homeport change in support of strategic dispersal and two viable East Coast surface ship homeports as well as the preservation of the ship repair industrial base in those areas.
    US Navy photo # 140817-N-TC587-094 MAYPORT, Fla. (Aug. 17, 2014) by MC2 Damian Berg.
    Ron Reeves
    Iwo Jima 261k Family members say farewell to Sailors aboard USS Iwo Jima (LPD-7). The ship deploys as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group/24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24 MEU) in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 140817-N-TC587-094 MAYPORT, Fla. (Aug. 17, 2014) by MC1 Michael Wiss.
    Ron Reeves
    Iwo Jima 268k An MV-22B Osprey from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 (Reinforced) lands aboard USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) to embark Marines aboard the ship. Iwo Jima deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility
    US Navy photo # 141213-N-QM905-064 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 13, 2014) by MCSN Shelby M. Tucker.
    Ron Reeves
    New York 273k The amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD-21) right, USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) and the San Antonio-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43) transit the Atlantic Ocean. The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, with the embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operations.
    US Navy photo # 141221-N-QM905-113 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 21, 2014) by MCSN Shelby M. Tucker.
    Ron Reeves
    Patuxent 213k USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) (left) prepares to conduct an underway replenishment with USNS Patuxent (T-AO-201). Iwo Jima, part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 150114-N-DQ840-043 RED SEA (Jan. 14, 2015) by MC3 Adam Austin.
    Lee Wahler
    Fort McHenry 255k The amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43), left, and USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) conduct an underway replenishment with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Patuxent (T-AO-201). Fort McHenry, part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 150114-N-DQ840-230 RED SEA (Jan. 14, 2015) by MC3 Adam Austin.
    Lee Wahler
    Iwo Jima 175k USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) moored pierside for a mid-voyage port visit in Duqm, Oman. Iwo Jima is the flagship for the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU), provides a versatile sea-based, expeditionary force that can be tailored to a variety of missions in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 150330-N-SM479-022 DUQM, Oman (March 30, 2015) by MCSN Magen F. Weatherwax.
    Lee Wahler
    Carl Brasher 1276k The Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE-7) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7), rear, and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43). Fort McHenry part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, is participating in exercise Eager Lion 2015, a recurring multinational exercise designed to strengthen military-to-military relationships, increase interoperability between partner nations and enhance regional security and stability.
    US Navy photo # 150509-N-DQ840-163 GULF OF ADEN (May 9, 2015) by MC3 Adam Austin.
    Lee Wahler
    Iwo Jima 780k USS Iwo Jima moored pierside at Naval Station Mayport, FL., circa August 2016. Photo by Austin Oliver
    Iwo Jima 1095k USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) gets under way from Naval Station Mayport FL. Iwo Jima, is the flagship of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU).
    US Navy photo # 160623-N-JN023-021 MAYPORT, Florida (June 23, 2016) by MC2 Megan Anuci.
    Tommy Trampp
    Iwo Jima 193k USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) prepares to dock at Naval Station Norfolk to disembark the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) after conducting humanitarian aid and disaster relief in Haiti as part of Joint Task Force Matthew.
    US Navy photo # 161024-N-AX638-030 NORFOLK, Va. (Oct. 24, 2016) by MC3 Tyler Preston.
    Lee Wahler
    Iwo Jima 235k USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) returns to Naval Station Mayport after conducting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief as part of Joint Task Force (JTF) Matthew. The task force conducted 400 hours of flight operation and delivered 600,000 lbs. of humanitarian relief supplies to some of the most impacted areas by Hurricane Matthew, directly aiding an estimated 100,000 citizens in the process.
    US Navy photo # 161028-N-JX484-071 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Oct. 28, 2016) by MC2 Mark Andrew Hays.
    Lee Wahler
    Iwo Jima 240k USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) under way with Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) FOUR and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conducting PHIBRON-MEU Integrated Training in preparation for their upcoming deployment.
    US Navy photo # 170714-N-NJ910-0491 ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 14, 2017) by MCSN Dary Patten.
    Lee Wahler
    Iwo Jima 252k USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) during humanitarian assistance efforts following Hurricane Irma's landfall in Key West, FL. DOD is supporting (FEMA) the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead agency, in helping to minimize suffering. Iwo Jima is just one component of the overall whole-of-government response efforts.
    US Navy photo # 170915-N-PC620-0009 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 15, 2017) by MCSN Michael Lehman.
    US Navy Photos of the Day Update, 09/16/2017

    USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) Memorabilia
    Iwo Jima

    2000
    Christening Coin
    Contributed by Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima

    25 March 2000
    Christening Program
    Contributed by Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima

    30 June 2001
    Commissioning Program
    Contributed by Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima

    Bag containing sand
    from Iwo Jima
    Contributed by Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima

    Remembrance Ceremony
    Program

    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Nawrocki, John Thaddeus, USN 30 June 2001 - 6 December 2002
    02CAPT. Snedeker Jr., John William, USN6 December 2002 - 6 August 2004
    03CAPT. Callas, Richard Stanton, USN6 August 2004 - 14 April 2006
    04CAPT. Wally, Michael Alan, USN :RADM14 April 2006 - May 2007
    05CAPT. Irelan, Robert PatrickMay 2007 - 6 January 2009
    06CAPT. Amick, Jeffery Charles, USN (Amtrack)6 January 2009 - 1 August 2010
    07CAPT. Chassee, Thomas James1 August 2010 - 28 February 2012
    08CAPT. Banister III, Grady Thatcher, USN28 February 2012 - 2013
    09CAPT. Gordon, Dana R., USN2013 - 7 June 2016
    10CAPT. Midkiff, James Robert, USN (USNA 1990)7 June 2016 - 19 September 2017
    11CAPT. O'Brien, Joseph Robert (OB), USN (USNA 1993)19 September 2017 -  
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves


    For more photos and information about USS Iwo Jima, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) Historical Chronology
  • USS Iwo Jima LHD-7
  • USS Iwo Jima Shipmates
  • Amphibious Assault Ships - LHA/LHD/LHA(R)

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

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