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USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Chief of Naval Operations Letter of Commendation
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (Operation Unified Protector (Libya & Tunisia) - 1 Apr 31 Oct 11) - National Defense Service Medal Operation - Humanitarian Service Medal - (Unified Response [JTF Haiti, earthquake relief]


San Antonio Class Amphibious Transport Dock:
  • Laid down, 25 February 2003, at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Avondale Operations, New Orleans, LA.
  • Launched, 19 November 2004
  • Delivered, 28 September 2007
  • Commissioned, USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19), 15 December 2007, at Panama City, FL., CDR. Shawn W. Lobree, USN in command
  • Homeport, Norfolk, VA.
    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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    Mesa Verde 51k Mesa Verde (LPD-19) underway during builders sea trials, circa December 2007.
    US Navy photo.
    Mike Brock
    Mesa Verde 280k Mesa Verde (LPD-19) underway during builders sea trials, circa December 2007.
    US Navy photo.
    Mike Brock
    Mesa Verde 679k USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19)'s Marine contingent prepare to board the amphibious transport dock ship Saturday morning during the commissioning ceremony in Panama City, FL., 15 December 2007.
    Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman Corp.
    Bill Gonyo
    Mesa Verde 228k More than 3,000 guests attended the commissioning ceremony for USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19), 15 December 2007. Mesa Verde is the third amphibious transport dock of the San Antonio class and will support the Marine Corps mobility triad, which consists of the landing craft air cushion, advanced amphibious assault vehicles and the MV-22A Osprey tilt rotor aircraft. The ship also provides improved war fighting capabilities including an advanced command-and-control suite, increased lift-capacity in vehicle and cargo-carrying capability and advanced ship-survivability features. The ship is named after Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, a significant archaeological and anthropological site that in 1906 Congress established as the first cultural park in the National Park Systems.
    US Navy photo # 071215-N-6386V-001 PANAMA CITY, Fla. (Dec. 15, 2007) by Heather Vann.
    Bill Gonyo
    Mesa Verde 213k USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19)'s sponsor Linda Campbell joins 4,000 guests in applauding the sailors and Marines who boarded her ship at the pinnacle of the commissioning ceremony on Saturday, 15 December 2007 in Panama City, FL
    Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman Corp.
    Bill Gonyo
    Mesa Verde 1429k USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) moored pierside at Norfolk, VA., 27 April 2008. Photo by Larry Backus
    Mesa Verde 1277k USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) moored pierside at Norfolk, VA., 27 April 2008. Photo by Larry Backus
    Mesa Verde 948k A 10,000-pound underwater explosion rocks USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) during a shock test off the Florida coast. The test is part of Navy trials for the San Antonio-class ship, which was commissioned last December.
    US Navy photo # 080816-N-6031Q-213 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 16, 2008).
    Lee Wahler
    Mesa Verde 140k USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) moored at Norfolk, Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA., November 2008 Gerd Matthes
    Mesa Verde 76k
    Mesa Verde 133k
    Mesa Verde 136k
    Mesa Verde 386k USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) pulls into Naval Station Rota. Mesa Verde is the first amphibious transport dock ship to visit Rota.
    US Navy photo # 100218-N-5740H-059 ROTA, Spain (Feb. 18, 2010) by Jan Hammond.
    Lee Wahler
    Mesa Verde 1309k USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) moored pierside at Naval Station Rota for a scheduled port visit. Mesa Verde is deployed as part of the Nassau Amphibious Ready Group.
    US Navy photo # 100219-N-1082Z-016 ROTA, Spain (Feb. 19, 2010) by MC2 Jason R. Zalasky.
    Lee Wahler
    Mesa Verde
    100226-N-1082Z-016
    1569k USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) transits the Suez Canal. Mesa Verde is part of the Nassau Amphibious Ready Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo #'s 100226-N-1082Z-016 SUEZ CANAL (Feb. 26, 2010) and 100226-N-1082Z-009 SUEZ CANAL (Feb. 26, 2010) by MC2 Jason R. Zalasky.
    Lee Wahler
    Mesa Verde
    100226-N-1082Z-019
    1893k
    Mesa Verde 957k USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) prepares to receive pallets of supplies during an underway replenishment. Mesa Verde and embarked Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) are part of the Nassau Amphibious Ready Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 100228-N-1082Z-003 RED SEA (Feb. 28, 2010) by MC2 Jason R. Zalasky.
    Lee Wahler
    Mesa Verde 901k USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) underway in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Mesa Verde and embarked Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) are part of the Nassau Amphibious Ready Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation.
    US Navy photo # 100306-N-1082Z-034 U.S. 5th FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (March 6, 2010) by MC2 Jason R. Zalasky.
    Lee Wahler
    Laramie 269k The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Laramie (T-AO-203) conducts a replenishment at sea with USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19).
    US Navy photo # 100502-N-5483N-038 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (May 2, 2010) by MC2 Sylvia Nealy
    Lee Wahler
    Mesa Verde 604k An SA-330J Puma helicopter assigned to the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5) conducts a vertical replenishment with USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19). Mesa Verde is part of the Nassau Amphibious Ready Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.
    US Navy photo # 100714-N-1082Z-005 U.S. 5th FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (July 14, 2010) by MC2 Jason R. Zalasky
    Lee Wahler
    Mesa Verde
    110323-N-QY430-084 NORFOLK (March 23, 2011)
    848k USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) departs NavSta Norfolk as part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group. Mesa Verde deployed ahead of its original schedule in order to relieve units from the Kearsage Amphibious Ready Group in the Mediterranean Sea. USS San Antonio (LPD-17) is moored to the opposite pier from the departing Mesa Verde.
    US Navy photo # 110323-N-QY430-084 NORFOLK (March 23, 2011) by MC2 Rafael Martie and (10091921) by MC3 Brian Goodwin.
    Lee Wahler
    Mesa Verde
    (10091921)
    64k
    Mesa Verde 556k USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) underway during a training exercise in the Atlantic Ocean. Mesa Verde is preparing for deployment to the Mediterranean Sea.
    US Navy photo # 110412-N-7508R-069 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 12, 2011) by MC2 Julio Rivera
    Lee Wahler
    Mesa Verde 752k Rigid-hull inflatable boats and a UH-1N Huey helicopter assigned to USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) provide support during a visit, board, search and seizure exercise aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG-52). Barry and Mesa Verde are on a routine deployment conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation missions in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 110528-N-XO436-020 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (May 28, 2011) by MC3 Jonathan Sunderman.
    Lee Wahler
    Mesa Verde 1093k USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) departs after a routine port visit at US Naval Support Activity Souda Bay. Mesa Verde is deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 110614-N-QL533-001 SOUDA BAY, Greece (June 14, 2011) by MC2 Cayman Santoro.
    Lee Wahler
    Mesa Verde 236k A CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter assigned to the Thunder Chickens of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM-263) launches from USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19). Mesa Verde is deployed as part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 111024-N-CT127-337 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Oct. 24, 2011) by MC2 Josue L. Escobosa.
    Lee Wahler
    Mesa Verde 194k USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) departs Naval Station Norfolk for a regularly scheduled deployment. Mesa Verde is deploying as part of the Bataan Amphibious Readiness Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 140208-N-KD168-105 NORFOLK, Va. (Feb. 8, 2014) by MCSA Magen F. Reed.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Mesa Verde 121k An MV-22 Osprey prepares to land on the flight deck of USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19). Mesa Verde Sailors, and Marines attached to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU), are deploying as part of the Bataan Ready Group.
    US Navy photo # 140210-N-BD629-160 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 10, 2014) by MC2 Shannon M. Smith.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Mesa Verde 200k Sailors aboard USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) stow an MV-22 Osprey in the hangar bay. Mesa Verde Sailors, and Marines attached to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU), are deploying as part of the Bataan Readiness Group.
    US Navy photo # 140210-N-BD629-277 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 10, 2014) by MC2 Shannon M. Smith.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Mesa Verde 401k CAPT. Kenneth J. Reynard, commanding officer of USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) makes an announcement over the 1MC from the bridge. Mesa Verde and attached 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU), are deploying as part of the Bataan Readiness Group.
    US Navy photo # 140212-N-HB951-032 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 12, 2014) by SN Phylicia A. Hanson.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Mesa Verde 118k QM2 Rebecca Anderson shoots bearings as USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) prepares to moor in Haifa, Israel for a scheduled port visit. Mesa Verde and embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) are deployed supporting maritime security operations, providing crisis response capability, increasing theater security cooperation and providing a forward naval presence in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 140306-N-BD629-107 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (March 6, 2014) by MC2 Shannon M. Smith.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Mesa Verde 353k USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) underway in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Mesa Verde is a part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU), 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 # 140602-N-HB951-511 U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (June 2, 2014) by SN Phylicia A. Hanson.
    Lee Wahler

    There is no DANFS history available for USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) at NavSource
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Lobree, Shawn Wade15 December 2007 - 6 March 2009
    02CDR. LeGree, Lawrence Frederick6 March 2009 - 1 November 2010
    03CDR. Reilley, John Kenneth1 November 2010 - June 2012
    04CDR. Pienkowski, John Paul14 June 2012 - 5 September 2013
    05CAPT. Reynard, Kenneth John5 September 2013 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19)
    Navy Fact File - Amphibious Transport Dock - LPD
    Federation of American Scientists, Military Analysis Network, US Navy Ships
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