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USS New Orleans (LPD-18)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
National Defense Service Medal - Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal


San Antonio Class Amphibious Transport Dock:
  • Laid down, 14 October 2002, at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Avondale Operations, New Orleans, LA.
  • Launched, 13 November 2004
  • Delivered, 22 December 2006
  • Commissioned, 10 March 2007, USS New Orleans (LPD-18) at New Orleans, LA.
  • USS New Orleans is assigned to the Pacific Fleet and is homeported at San Diego, CA.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 25,000 t.(fl)
    Length 684'
    Beam 105'
    Draft 23 ft.
    Speed 22 kts.
    Complement 33 Officers, 411 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations 66 Officers, 625 Enlisted
    Mission Systems
    Vehicles/Cargo (Net): Three Vehicle Decks (2323 sq m)
    Two Cargo/Ammo Magazines (708 cu m)
    Cargo Fuel, JP-5 (1190 cu m) , MOGAS (38 cu m)
    Two LCACs
    Medical
    Two Operating Rooms
    24 Person Hospital Ward
    100 Casualty Overflow Capacity:
    Aviation Facilities
    Hangar - "O" Level, Maintenance Facilities for; One CH-53E, or Two CH-46s, or One MV-22, or Three UH/AH-1s
    Landing - Two CH-53s, or Four AH/UH-1s, or Four CH-46s, or Two MV-22s, or One AV-8B Harrier:
    Main Propulsion
    4 - Medium Speed Turbocharged Marine Diesels
    2 - Shafts
    2 - Single Reversing Reduction Gears
    2 - Inboard Rotating (top) Fixed Pitch Propellers
    Electric Plant
    5 - 2500 KW Ship Service Marine Diesel Generators
    5 - Main Ship Service 60 Hz SWBS
    3 - Ship Service 400 Hz SWBS
    3 - 60 to 400 Hz solid State Frequency changers
    Zonal 60 Hz Power distribution system
    Advanced Degaussing System
    Auxiliaries
    7 - 700 KW Non-CFC Air conditioning Plants
    5 - 12000 GPD Reverse Osmosis Desalination Plants
    10 - 1000 GPM Navy Standard Firepumps
    2 - HP Air Compressors
    3 - LP Air Compressors
    3 - Deballast Air Compressors
    Navigation
    Digital Flux Gate Magnetic Compass
    AN/WSN-7(V)1 Inertial Navigation System
    AN/WQN-2 Doppler Sonar Velocity Log System
    AN/UQN-4A Sonar Sounding Set, Dead Reckoning System
    Navigation Telex System
    AN/SSN-6 NAVSSI
    Armament
    1 - MK 41, 16 Cell VLS, (Space & Weight)
    2 - MK 31 Mod 0 RAM Launchers
    2 - MK 46 Mod 1 30mm Machine Guns
    2 - MK 26 Mod 17 .50 Cal Machine Guns
    Command & Control
    AN/SPQ-12(V) Radar Display Dist. Distribution System
    MK 2 SSDS
    AN/USQ-119C(V)27 JMCIS
    AN/KSQ-1 Amphibious Assault Direction System
    MK 91, 2 Channel MFCS
    AN/USG-2 CEC
    Radar Systems
    AN/SPS-48E
    AN/SPQ-9B
    AN/SPS-73
    EW & Decoy Systems
    AN/SLQ-25A NIXIE
    AN/SLQ-32Q(V)2
    MK 36 SRBOC
    MK 53 / NULKA

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    New Orleans 186k New Orleans (LPD-18) on the building ways at Grumman Ship Systems, Avondale, LA., 2002 - 2004. Gerd Matthes
    New Orleans 116k
    New Orleans 21k
    New Orleans 158k
    New Orleans 158k New Orleans (LPD-18) launching, 13 November 2004, Grumman Ship Systems, Avondale, LA., US Navy photo. .
    New Orleans 50k New Orleans (LPD-18) transits past the city of New Orleans on the Mississippi River, 23 October 2006. The amphibious transport dock was heading to the Gulf of Mexico to conduct builder’s trials. New Orleans is being built in Avondale, LA. and is scheduled to be commissioned in March of 2007.
    US Navy photo # 061023-N-0857S-003 by Mr. Sam Shore.
    Lee Wahler
    New Orleans 82k New Orleans (LPD-18) leaves Avondale Shipyard, 5 March 2007, and transits up the Mississippi River toward her commissioning site in New Orleans. The ship is scheduled to be commissioned in a ceremony, 10 March 2007.
    US Navy photo # 070305-N-7427G-001 by MC1 Shawn Graham.
    Tony Cowart
    New Orleans 135k New Orleans (LPD-18) leaves Avondale Shipyard, 5 March 2007, and transits up the Mississippi River toward her commissioning site in New Orleans. Gerd Matthes
    New Orleans 143k New Orleans (LPD-18) leaves Avondale Shipyard. 5 march 2007, and transits underneath the Huey P. Long Bridge, on the Mississippi River toward her commissioning site in New Orleans.
    US Navy photo # 070305-N-7427G-002 by MC1 Shawn Graham.
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    New Orleans 93k New Orleans (LPD-18) leaves Avondale Shipyard, 5 March 2007, and transits under the Crescent City Connection Bridge on the Mississippi River toward her commissioning site in New Orleans.
    US Navy photo # 070305-N-3429E-003 by MC1 Shawn Graham.
    Tony Cowart
    New Orleans 87k New Orleans (LPD-18) transits the Mississippi River toward her namesake city, 5 March 2007.
    US Navy photo # 070305-N-3429E-004 by MC1 Shawn Graham.
    Tony Cowart
    New Orleans 117k New Orleans (LPD-18) leaves Avondale Shipyard, 5 March 2007, and transits up the Mississippi River toward her commissioning site in New Orleans. The ship is scheduled to be commissioned in a ceremony, 10 March 2007 Gerd Matthes
    New Orleans 104k New Orleans (LPD-18) transits the Mississippi River toward her namesake city, 5 March 2007.
    US Navy photo # 070305-N-3429E-001 by MC1 Shawn Graham.
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    New Orleans 68k USS New Orleans (LPD-18) joins the fleet as thousands watch her commissioning ceremony, Saturday, 10 March 2007, on the banks of the Mississippi River at Waldenburg Park in New Orleans, LA.
    US Navy photo # 070310-N-9274T-001 NEW ORLEANS (March 10, 2007) by MC2 William Townsend.
    Tony Cowart
    New Orleans 76k OS2 Israel Flores and QM3 August Sorvillo assigned to USS New Orleans (LPD-18), prepare to raise the ship's commissioning pennant during the ship's commissioning ceremony. US Navy photo # 070310-N-2070C-001 NEW ORLEANS (March 10, 2007) by MCC Jay Cope. Tony Cowart
    New Orleans 82k Sailors assigned to amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD-18) man the ship and bring her to life during the ship's commissioning ceremony Saturday, March 10, 2007.
    US Navy photo # 070310-N-3429E-003 NEW ORLEANS (March 10, 2007) by MC2 Kurt Eischen.
    Tony Cowart
    New Orleans 66k USS New Orleans (LPD 18) transits through San Diego Bay prior to arriving in her new homeport of San Diego. The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, built and commissioned in her namesake city, is the first of the new class of ship to be homeported on the West Coast.
    US Navy photo # 070503-N-8273J-018 SAN DIEGO (May 3, 2007) by MC1 Tiffini M. Jones.
    Lee Wahler
    New Orleans 504k Naval Station Pearl Harbor tugs assist USS New Orleans (LPD 18) to the pier at the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, 11 September 2007. New Orleans is in Pearl Harbor following Combat Systems Ship Qualification Trials to provide an opportune lift for Sailors and service members assigned to the Hawaii region. The opportune lift program allows Sailors, service members and their families to save money by transporting privately owned vehicles to the mainland United States on a Navy ship.
    US Navy photo # 070911-N-9758L-088 PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (Sept. 11, 2007) by MC3 Michael A. Lantron.
    Lee Wahler
    New Orleans 1893k USS New Orleans (LPD 18) moored pierside at Naval Station San Diego, CA., in August 2007. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    New Orleans 154k USS New Orleans (LPD 18) moored pierside at Naval Station San Diego, CA., 26 July 2008.
    Photo Courtesy of Tom Saint.
    Bill Gonyo
    New Orleans 339k USS New Orleans (LPD 18) moored at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, CA., 21 August 2008. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    New Orleans 272k USS New Orleans (LPD 18) moored at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, CA., 21 August 2008. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    New Orleans 169k USS New Orleans (LPD 18) moored at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, CA., 21 August 2008. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    New Orleans 1499k USS New Orleans (LPD 18) performs plane guard duty during flight operations for the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD-4), not pictured. New Orleans is part of the Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group and is participating in a composite training unit exercise in preparation for a scheduled deployment in early 2009.
    US Navy photo # 081104-N-4366B-001 PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 4, 2008) by LTjg. Jared Apollo Burgamy.
    Robert M. Cieri
    New Orleans 2082k USS New Orleans (LPD 18) moored at Naval Station San Diego, December 2008. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    New Orleans 4655k USS New Orleans (LPD 18) pulls into Mina Salman pier in Bahrain where U.S. Navy engineers and inspection teams will asses and evaluate damage that resulted from a collision with the Los-Angeles-class attack submarine USS Hartford (SSN-768) in the Strait of Hormuz. No personnel aboard New Orleans were injured in the incident. Overall damage to both ships is being evaluated. New Orleans is deployed to the U.S. 5th fleet area of responsibility to support maritime security operations.
    US Navy photo # 090321-N-8053S-130 BAHRAIN (March 21, 2009) by MC2 David K. Simmons.
    Lee Wahler
    New Orleans 3961k USS New Orleans (LPD 18) prepares to return to sea fully mission capable after completing repairs at the Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard (ASRY) Shipyard dry dock. At the ASRY Shipyard, dry dock repairs were made to the ship's damaged hull, ruptured fuel tank and ballast tanks, which was damaged in a collision with USS Hartford (SSN-768), 20 March 2009, in the Strait of Hormuz.
    US Navy photo # 090512-N-0803S-012 MANAMA, Bahrain (May 12, 2009) by MC2 Nathan Schaeffer.
    Lee Wahler
    New Orleans 454k USS New Orleans (LPD 18) conducts flight operations. New Orleans is deployed as part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 090528-N-4774B-132 GULF OF ADEN (May 28, 2009) by MC2 Daniel Barker.
    Lee Wahler
    New Orleans 1526k USS New Orleans (LPD 18) moored at NAVFAC Sesebo, Japan in the background as the mine countermeasures ship USS Avenger (MCM-1) exits the submerged deck of the Military Sealift Command contracted heavy-lift vessel Ocean Force during a float-on/float-off evolution. The second of two mine ships to arrive in Sasebo, Avenger will join sister ship USS Defender (MCM-2) to conduct an extended deployment in the western Pacific Ocean.
    US Navy photo # 090710-N-0807W-474 SASEBO, Japan (July 10, 2009) by MC2 Joshua J. Wahl.
    Lee Wahler
    New Orleans 1385k USS New Orleans (LPD 18) returns to homeport from a scheduled deployment. New Orleans was deployed as part of the Boxer Amphibious Readiness Group in support of global maritime security.
    US Navy photo # 090801-N-0327S-005 SAN DIEGO (Aug. 1, 2009) by MC1 Stephanie C. Soderlund.
    Lee Wahler
    New Orleans 1270k USS New Orleans (LPD 18) being assisted by tugs, while departing dry dock to return to Naval Base San Diego.
    US Navy photo # 110204-N-ZC343-540 SAN DIEGO (Feb. 4, 2011) by MCC Joe Kane.
    Lee Wahler
    New Orleans 2634k USS New Orleans (LPD 18) navigates San Diego Bay and under the Coronado Bridge on her way to Naval Station San Diego.
    US Navy photo # 110701-N-ZC343-933 SAN DIEGO (July 1, 2011) by MCCS Joe Kane.
    Lee Wahler
    Rushmore 404k The amphibious dock landing ships USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) and USS Rushmore (LSD-47) share a pier USS New Orleans (LPD-18) at Naval Base San Diego.
    US Navy photo # 110831-N-ZC343-617 SAN DIEGO (Aug. 31, 2011) by MCC Joe Kane.
    Lee Wahler
    Pearl Harbor 1385k The amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) front, the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD-8) and 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 3833k USS New Orleans (LPD 18) underway in the Arabian Gulf. New Orleans and embarked Marines assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU) are deployed as part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 120207-N-PB383-356 ARABIAN GULF (Feb. 7, 2012) by MC2 Dominique Pineiro.
    Lee Wahler
    Patuxent 935k USNS Patuxent (T-AO-201), center, conducts a simultaneous replenishment at sea with USS New Orleans (LPD-18), left, and the guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53). New Orleans and John Paul Jones are operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility as part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group.
    US Navy photo # 120214-N-KS651-188 ARABIAN GULF (Feb. 14, 2012) by MC2 Jason Behnke.
    Lee Wahler
    New Orleans 905k USS New Orleans (LPD-18), front, the amphibious assault ship 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
    New Orleans 1176k USS New Orleans (LPD-18) enters Pearl Harbor passing the USS Arizona Memorial. New Orleans is part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group with embarked Marines assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU), deployed to the U.S. 3rd Fleet Area of operations.
    US Navy photo # 120613-N-PB383-375 PEARL HARBOR (June 13, 2012) by MC2 Dominique Pineiro.
    Ron Reeves
    New Orleans
    120727-N-ZC343-006 SAN DIEGO (July 27, 2012)
    291k USS New Orleans (LPD-18) transits San Diego Bay outbound to sea for local operations.
    US Navy photo #'s 120727-N-ZC343-006 SAN DIEGO (July 27, 2012) and 120727-N-ZC343-036 SAN DIEGO (July 27, 2012) by MCCS Joe Kane.
    Lee Wahler
    New Orleans
    120727-N-ZC343-036 SAN DIEGO (July 27, 2012)
    310k

    There is no DANFS history available for USS New Orleans (LPD-18) at NavSource
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Skillman, John Bradley, USN10 March 2007 - 13 June 2008
    02CDR. Davies, Scott D., USN13 June 2008 - 23 October 2009
    03CDR. Oakley, Jeffrey L., USN23 October 2009 - 2011
    04CDR. Jacko, Dennis J., USN2011 - November 2012
    05CDR. Ray, Michael (Mike), USNNovember 2012 - 30 May 2014
    06CAPT. Verissimo, Douglas Charles, USN30 May 2014 -  
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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