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USS Makin Island (LHD-8)

/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Mike - Xray - Golf
NMXG
Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship (Multi-Purpose):
  • Laid down, 14 February 2004, at Litton-Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp. Pascagoula. MS.
  • Christened, 19 August 2006
  • Launched, 22 September 2006
  • Commissioned USS Makin Island (LHD-8), 24 October 2009, at NAS North Island, Coronado, CA., CAPT. Robert Kopas USN, in command
  • Makin Island is assigned to Amphibious Group Five of the Pacific Fleet and will be homeported at San Diego, CA.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 41,335 tons (fl.)
    Length 847'
    Beam 106' (waterline)
    Draft 27.3' (mean at full load)
    Speed 20 kts.+
    Complement
    104 Officer
    1004 Enlisted
    Marine Force 1894
    Armament
    two Sea Sparrow launchers
    three 20 mm Phalanx (CIWS)mounts
    eight 50cal. mgs.
    Aircraft
    forty-two CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters
    five AV-8B Harrier aircraft
    six ASW helicopters
    Power Plant
    General Electric [GE] "LM 2500 plus" gas turbine engines
    two propellers, 70,000 total shaft horsepower

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    Makin Island (LHD-8) (Building)
    Makin Island 29k Makin Island (LHD-8) while under construction at Litton-Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp. Pascagoula. MS, 20 May 2005.
    Northrop Grumman Ship Systems photo
    Charles Canterbury
    Makin Island 527k Makin Island (LHD-8) while under construction at Litton-Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp. Pascagoula. MS., various Northrop Grumman Ship Systems photos Gerd Matthes
    Makin Island 227k Makin Island (LHD-8) while under construction at Litton-Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp. Pascagoula. MS, 11 August 2006.
    Northrop Grumman Ship Systems photo
    Robert M. Cieri
    Makin Island 57k Makin Island (LHD-8) sponsor, Mrs. Silke B. Hagee, christens the ship with a bottle of champagne across her bow at the ships launching, 19 August 2006, at Litton-Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp. Pascagoula. MS.
    Northrop Grumman Ship Systems photo
    Robert M. Cieri
    Makin Island 142k Makin Island (LHD-8) begins her first at sea period to conduct Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding (NGSB) Builder's Sea Trials in the Gulf of Mexico, 9 December 2008.
    US Navy photo from the USS Makin Island web site.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Makin Island 480k Makin Island (LHD-8) departs the Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding Gulf Coast shipyard for five days of Builder's Trials to tests a wide variety of systems and equipment. More than 100 Makin Island Sailors were embarked to observe and monitor the testing conducted be Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding personnel. Makin Island, scheduled for commissioning 24 October 2009 in San Diego, will be the Navy's eighth and final Wasp Class amphibious assault ship.
    US Navy photo # 081209-N-2225N-002 GULF OF MEXICO (Dec. 9, 2008) by MC3 Alec Noe.
    Lee Wahler
    Makin Island 1093k The well deck of Makin Island (LHD-8) is flooded as Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding Gulf Coast personnel open the stern gate during a five-day Builders Trial underway.
    US Navy photo # 081210-N-3357M-005 GULF OF MEXICO (Dec. 10, 2008) by MCC W. Scott Mishley.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Makin Island 1402k Makin Island (LHD-8) conducts builder's trials in the Gulf of Mexico.
    US Navy photo # 090204-N-0000X-002 GULF OF MEXICO (Feb. 4, 2009), courtesy of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, Gulf Coast.
    Lee Wahler
    Makin Island 982k Makin Island (LHD-8) at sea for Builder's Trials in the Gulf of Mexico, 9 December 2009. Courtesy Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, Gulf Coast.
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    Makin Island 243k Makin Island (LHD-8) returns to Northrop Grumman's shipyard at Pascagoula, MS., 20 March 2009 after completing US Navy acceptance sea trial in the Gulf of Mexico. The ship is the eighth USS Wasp (LHD-1)-class amphibious assault ship being built Northrop Grumman at its Gulf Coast facilities in Pascagoula, MS.
    Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman Corporation
    Bill Gonyo
    Makin Island 357k US Navy Sailors and Northrop Grumman shipbuilders together manned the flight deck Makin Island (LHD-8) as Northrop Grumman Corporation's Shipbuilding sector delivered to the ship to the US Navy at Pascagoula, MS, 16 April 2009.
    Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman Corporation
    Bill Gonyo
    Makin Island 2261k Makin Island (LHD-8) sails easterly through the Strait of Magellan, 15 August 2009, as she prepares to enter the Pacific Ocean. Makin Island departed Pascagoula, MS., July 10 and circumnavigated South America on her way to her new homeport in San Diego. Makin Island is the eighth and final Wasp-class amphibious assault ship and is scheduled for commissioning in San Diego, 24 October 2009.
    Photo courtesy of Chilean Navy/Released.
    Bill Gonyo
    Makin Island 63k Makin Island (LHD-8) moored at NAS North Island, Coronado, CA., 18 October 2009, six days before commissioning. Photo by Derick S. Hartshorn
    USS Makin Island (LHD-8)
    Makin Island 6778k Sailors and Marines assigned to USS Makin Island (LHD-8) begin to form up for the ship's commissioning. Makin Island was officially commissioned during a ceremony at NAS North Island.
    US Navy photo # 091024-N-3357M-152 SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Oct. 24, 2009) by MCC W. Scott Mishley
    Lee Wahler
    Makin Island 269k Rear Adm. Bill Landay, Vice Admiral Richard Hunt, Vice Adm. Kevin McCoy, Adm. Patrick M. Walsh, and U. S. congresswoman Susan Davis listen to a speech given by Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James T. Conway, during the commissioning ceremony of USS Makin Island (LHD-8).
    US Marine Corps. photo # 091024-M-9051G-418 SAN DIEGO (Oct. 24, 2009) by LCpl Meghan Gonzales.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Makin Island 502k Sailors and Officers of her crew, board USS Makin Island (LHD-8) to prepare to "bring the ship to life" during the ship's commissioning ceremony.
    US Marine Corps. photo # 091024-M-9051G-689 SAN DIEGO (Oct. 24, 2009) by LCpl Meghan Gonzales.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Makin Island 260k Sailors and Marines bring the ship to life" manning the rails during the commissioning ceremony of USS Makin Island (LHD-8).
    US Marine Corps. photo # 091024-M-9051G-742 SAN DIEGO (Oct. 24, 2009) by LCpl Meghan Gonzales.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Makin Island 4890k Thousands of friends, family and official guests watch as Sailors and Marines man the rails during the commissioning of USS Makin Island (LHD-8). Makin Island is the final Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, but the first of the class built with gas turbine engines and an electric drive.
    US Navy photo # 091024-N-8788B-348 SAN DIEGO (Oct. 24, 2009) by MC2 Michael Barton
    Lee Wahler
    Makin Island 475k Sailors man the rails during the commissioning of USS Makin Island (LHD-8). Makin Island was officially commissioned during a ceremony at Naval Air Station North Island.
    US Navy photo # 091024-N-3357M-275 SAN DIEGO (Oct. 24, 2009) by MCC W. Scott Mishley.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Makin Island 2591k USS Makin Island (LHD-8) at left and USS Boxer (LHD-4) at right, moored at Naval Station San Diego in November 2009. Photo by Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
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    Makin Island 826k USS Makin Island (LHD-8) transits San Diego Bay while outbound to the Pacific Ocean, 30 June 2010.
    US Navy photo # 100630-N-2918M-009 SAN DIEGO (Jun 30 2010) by MC3 Peter Merrill.
    Ron Reeves
    Makin Island 173k USS Makin Island (LHD-8) entering San Francisco Bay for the first time on 6 October 2010. photos were taken from the south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge. Photos by Mike McCullough
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    Makin Island 68k USS Makin Island (LHD-8) passing under the Golden Gate Bridge at San Francisco while outbound to sea, October 2010 Photo by Mike McCullough
    Makin Island 2645k USS Makin Island (LHD-8) navigates San Diego Bay on her way to the Pacific Ocean for sea trials. Makin Island recently completed a maintenance availability and is preparing for an upcoming deployment later this year.
    US Navy photo # 110630-N-ZC343-009 SAN DIEGO (June 30, 2011) by MCC Joe Kane.
    Lee Wahler
    Makin Island 295k USS Makin Island (LHD-8) Sailors and Marines man the rails aboard USS Makin Island (LHD-8) as it transits the San Diego Bay. Makin Island is the flagship for Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 5 and the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU) and is underway for PHIBRON-MEU integrated training preparing for its upcoming maiden deployment.
    US Navy photo # 110810-N-KS651-010 SAN DIEGO (Aug. 10, 2011) by MC2 Jason Behnke.
    Lee Wahler
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    1513k USS Makin Island (LHD-8) transits off the coast of Southern California conducting flight operations as part of Composite Training Unit Exercise. The exercise is designed to test capabilities and ensure overall readiness before deployment.
    US Navy photos # 110907-N-KD852-132 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 7, 2011) and 110907-N-KD852-156 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 7, 2011) by MCC John Lill.
    Lee Wahler
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    Makin Island 1739k The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Hampton (SSN-767) transits alongside USS Makin Island (LHD-8) as part of Composite Training Unit Exercise.
    US Navy photo # 110907-N-KD852-297 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 7, 2011) by MCC John Lill.
    Robert Hurst
    Makin Island 1555k USS Makin Island (LHD-8) underway off the coast of southern California. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group is underway for a certification exercise preparing for an upcoming deployment.
    US Navy photo # 111010-N-KD852-027 PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 11, 2011) by MCC John Lill.
    Lee Wahler
    Pearl Harbor 1385k The amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) front, USS Makin Island (LHD-8) and the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD-18) underway off the coast of Southern California. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group is underway for a certification exercise preparing for an upcoming deployment.
    US Navy photo # 111010-N-KD852-492 PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 11, 2011) by MCC John Lill.
    Lee Wahler
    New Orleans 905k The amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD-18), front, USS Makin Island (LHD-8) and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) transit the Indian Ocean. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.
    US Navy photo # 120508-N-KD852-093 INDIAN OCEAN (May 8, 2012) by MCC John Lill.
    Lee Wahler
    Makin Island 1270k USS Makin Island (LHD-8) conducts flight deck operations in the Indian Ocean. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.
    US Navy photo # 120508-N-KD852-137 INDIAN OCEAN (May 8, 2012) by MCC John Lill.
    Lee Wahler
    Makin Island 153k USS Makin Island (LHD-8) pulls away from the pier at Naval Air Station North Island to participate in the annual San Francisco Fleet Week.
    US Navy photo # 21001-N-VO377-015 SAN DIEGO (Oct. 1, 2012) by MC2 Jonathan P. Idle.
    Lee Wahler
    Makin Island 177k USS Makin Island (LHD-8) moored pierside at Naval Station San Diego, 30 September 2012. Note Church Pennant. US Navy photo. Richard Miller BMCS USNR (Ret)
    Makin Island 324k USS Makin Island (LHD-8) departs Naval Base San Diego for sea trials and engineering drills following a 13-month maintenance availability. Makin Island was the first amphibious assault ship built with a hybrid-electric propulsion system that provides significant savings in fuel costs for the U.S. Navy.
    US Navy Photo # 131210-N-SV210-105 SAN DIEGO (Dec. 10, 2013) by MCCS Donnie W. Ryan.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Makin Island 449k Raymond M. Tangi ABM(H)-2 and Brittany E. Burks AGM(H)-2 directs a SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter, assigned to the "Black Jacks" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC-21), onto the flight deck of USS Makin Island (LHD-8). Makin Island is underway for sea trials after a 13-month phased maintenance availability.
    US Navy Photo # 140114-N-JO908-096 PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 14, 2014) by MC3 Kory Alsberry.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Makin Island 245k ABH1 Patrick Guillermo signals to an AV-8B Harrier pilot assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA-211) "Avengers", as he prepares to take off from the flight deck of USS Makin Island (LHD-8). Makin Island is underway for routine operations off the coast of Southern California.
    US Navy Photo # 140204-N-JO908-103 PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 4, 2014) by MC3 Kory Alsberry.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Makin Island 236k USS Makin Island (LHD-8) transits San Diego Harbor.
    US Navy Photo # 140210-N-UK306-029 SAN DIEGO (Feb. 10, 2014) by MC3 Timothy Schumaker.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Makin Island 248k An MH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the "Red Lions" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC-15) lands aboard the flight deck of USS Makin Island (LHD-8). Makin Island is underway for routine operations off the coast of Southern California.
    US Navy Photo # 140226-N-WY954-066 PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 26, 2014) by MCSN Robin W. Peak.
    Robert M. Cieri

    Makin Island (LHD-8) Memorabilia
    Makin Island
    Christening Coin
    Contributed by
    Robert M. Cieri
    Makin Island
    Christening Program
    Contributed by
    Robert M. Cieri
    Makin Island
    Welcome Aboard
    Contributed by
    David Buell
    Makin Island
    Commissioning Program cover
    Contributed by
    Robert M. Cieri

    There is no DANFS history available for USS Makin Island (LHD-8) an the US Naval Historical Center
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Kopas, Robert George24 October 2009 - 27 August 2010
    02CAPT. Landers, James William27 August 2010 - 14 June 2013
    02CAPT. Holsey, Alvin14 June 2013 -  
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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