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USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Echo - Golf
NIEG
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Secretary of the Navy Letter of Commendation
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Joint Meritorious Unit Award - Navy Unit Commendation (4)
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (4) - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (4) - Navy Expeditionary Medal (1-Iran/Indian Ocean, 2-Lebanon, 1-Libya)
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3-Dominican Republic, 1-Lebanon, 1-Persian Gulf, 1- Op. Restore Hope, Somalia) - Humanitarian Service Medal (1-Beirut Evacuation)


Iwo Jima Class Amphibious Assault Ship (Helicopter):
  • Laid down, 1 September 1961, at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Launched, 16 March 1963
  • Commissioned USS Guadalcanal, 20 July 1963, CAPT. Dale K. Peterson in command
  • Decommissioned, 31 August 1994, at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Philadelphia
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 31 August 1994
  • Final Disposition, disposed of in support of Fleet training exercise, 19 May 2005
    Specifications:
    Displacement 11,000 t.(lt.) 18,474 t.(fl)
    Length 592'
    Beam 84'
    Flight Deck Beam 105'
    Draft 27'
    Speed 22 kts.
    Complement 667
    Troop Accommodations 2,157
    Aircraft 25 helicopters
    Armament
    (as built) four 3"/50 AA guns
    (modified) two 3"/50s removed and replaced with 8 cell Sea Sparrow BPDMS launchers, two Phalanx CIWS added
    Propulsion
    two 600 psi boilers
    one geared steam turbine
    single propeller, 22,000 shp

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    Guadalcanal 137k USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Photo by Stephen F Rich USS Guadalcanal 1967 to 1971.
    Guadalcanal 89k USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) underway, date and location unknown.  
    Guadalcanal 77k USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Guadalcanal 114k USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) at Norfolk, VA., date unknown. © Richard Leonhardt
    Guadalcanal 78k USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) being assisted by Wapakoneta (YTB-766) and two unidentified tugs at Norfolk, VA., 10 August 1964. Underway in the background is USS O'Hare DD-889 © Richard Leonhardt
    Guadalcanal 184k USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) underway off the south coast of England, in 1965. Note the large number of U.S. Marine Corps Sikorsky UH-34D Seahorse helicopters parked on her flight deck. Photo courtesy Wright & Logan, Southsea, England. Robert Hurst
    Guadalcanal 35k USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) at anchor off Curacao, 1967. Pete Harlem USMC, Courtesy Bruce Johnson USMC HMM-261
    Guadalcanal 185k USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) sailors line the rails as she weights anchor and gets underway from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 1967. The stern of USS Spiegel Grove (LSD-32) is visible on the right edge of the photo. Photo by Masao Aochi
    Guadalcanal 247k USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) underway while conducting training operations in the Caribbean Sea, circa 1967-68. Photo by Masao Aochi
    Guadalcanal 72k USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo by Stephen F Rich USS Guadalcanal 1967 to 1971.
    Brian Kroenung EMC(SW)
    Guadalcanal 108k USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) underway off St. Eustaceus Island during exercises in 1969.
    US Navy photo.
    Photo by Stephen F Rich USS Guadalcanal 1967 to 1971.
    Guadalcanal 87k USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) returning to NOB Norfolk, 17 March 1969, after the recovery of Apollo 9.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Guadalcanal 94k USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) at Port au Prince, Haiti, April 1975 © Richard Leonhardt
    Guadalcanal 86k USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, April 1975 © Richard Leonhardt
    Guadalcanal 94k USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) at Norfolk, VA., July 1975 © Richard Leonhardt
    Guadalcanal 805k USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) off Onslow Beach, N.C., 25 September 1975. © Richard Leonhardt
    Guadalcanal 96k USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) at Norfolk, VA., January 1976 © Richard Leonhardt
    Guadalcanal 158k A CH46 helicopter, on USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7)'s flight deck, Norfolk, VA., January 1976 © Richard Leonhardt
    Guadalcanal 75k A Cobra helicopter on USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7)'s flight deck, Norfolk, VA., January 1976 © Richard Leonhardt
    Guadalcanal 104k USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) at Augusta Bay, Sicily, February 1976 © Richard Leonhardt
    Guadalcanal 128k USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7) aground, Augusta Bay Sicily. On the night of 27/28 January 1976 there were three groundings and at least two collisions during this period.
    US Navy photo
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    Guadalcanal 75k USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) at Genoa, Italy, March 1976 © Richard Leonhardt
    Guadalcanal 64k One of USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7)'s helicopters crash, Mediterranean Sea, March 1976 © Richard Leonhardt
    Guadalcanal 381k USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) anchored in the Kithira Straits, Eastern Mediterranean Sea, 25 June 1976, with the rest of her amphibious ready group. Note USS Connole (DE-1056) in the background. Photos by Eugene Ivkin
    Guadalcanal 659k
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    Guadalcanal 137k USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) at Rota, Spain, July 1976 © Richard Leonhardt
    Guadalcanal 81k USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) at Morehead City, SC, October 1976 © Richard Leonhardt
    Guadalcanal 93k USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) at Southampton, UK, November 1976 © Richard Leonhardt
    Guadalcanal 99k USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) at Rota, Spain, November 1976 © Richard Leonhardt
    Guadalcanal 59k A CH53 helicopter on USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7)'s flight deck, Atlantic Ocean, February 1977 © Richard Leonhardt
    Guadalcanal 790k USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) underway in May 1977, showing a newly resurfaced flight deck. The markings contrasting with circular helicopter spots of earlier years.
    US Navy photo.
    Stephen F Rich USS Guadalcanal and Robert Hurst
    Guadalcanal 114k A Marine Corps, CH-46D Sea Knight helicopter banks prior to landing aboard USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7) location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "Aircraft Carriers" by Norman Polmar.
    Robert Hurst
    Guadalcanal 69k A CH53-2 helicopter on USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7)'s flight deck, Atlantic Ocean, February 1977 © Richard Leonhardt
    Guadalcanal 252k A CH-46 belonging to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH-461) on the flight deck of USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) circa January - June 1977 Jonathan Primm USMC HMM-162
    Guadalcanal 211k A CH-53 belonging to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH-461) on the flight deck of USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) circa January - June 1977. After taking off the nose gear was not properly centered when it was retracted. During recovery maintenance personnel were called out onto the flight deck to get the nose gear to extend properly. Jonathan Primm USMC HMM-162
    Guadalcanal 85k USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Guadalcanal 62k USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) at Barcelona, Spain, late December 1977. Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Guadalcanal 112k USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) at Barcelona, Spain, late December 1977. Note, two of her original four 3"/50 gun mounts had been replaced by Sea Sparrow BPDMS (forward of the island and on the port quarter), but she had not yet received the SPN-35 blind-approach radar (typically enclosed in a large radome abaft the island). Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Guadalcanal 30k USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) at Barcelona, Spain, late December 1977. Note, the self-defense ECM antenna cantilevered out from the ship's port side at flight deck level, near the stern. Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Guadalcanal 98k USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) underway in the Atlantic, 25 May 1978.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Guadalcanal 391k USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) refueling the guided missile destroyer USS Semmes (DDG-18), during Exercise AHUAS TARA II, off the coast of Honduras.
    Department of Defense photo # DN-SC-84-11768 CARIBBEAN SEA 1 November 1983, a US Navy photo now in the collections of DefenseImagry.mil.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Guadalcanal 875k Flight deck directors reposition AV-8C Harrier aircraft on the flight deck of USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) during Exercise AHUAS TARA II, off the coast of Honduras.
    Department of Defense photo # DN-SC-84-11766 CARIBBEAN SEA 1 November 1983, a US Navy photo now in the collections of DefenseImagry.mil.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Guadalcanal 1203k USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) moored pierside at Genoa, Italy, 16 February 1986, during a routine port visit. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Guadalcanal 122k USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) at Rota Spain, June 1987 Photo by Thomas S. LaLumiere former Sergeant, USMC
    Guadalcanal 112k USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) at Rota Spain, June 1987 Photo by Thomas S. LaLumiere former Sergeant, USMC
    Guadalcanal 69k USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) underway in the Mediterranean Sea during 1989 deployment. Photo by Ward Creech SK2 USN USS Spartanburg County 1988-91
    Guadalcanal 34k USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7), at Palma de Mallorca, Spain, April 1991. Photo by Pedro Vidal
    Guadalcanal 128k USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    John Rutherford and Wendell McLaughlin
    Guadalcanal 223k USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7) underway with a variety of helicopter types on her flight-deck including Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallions, Boeing-Vertol CH-46 Sea Knights, Bell UH-1 Iroquois and AH-1 Sea Cobras, date and location unknown.
    US DoD Photo. Photo and text from "Carriers: The Men and The Machines" by David Miller and Lindsay Peacock.
    Robert Hurst
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    Guadalcanal 97k USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Wendell McLaughlin
    Guadalcanal 1372k An aerial starboard beam view of USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7) passing under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge en route to New York City harbor for Navy Fleet Week '92 activities.
    DOD photo # DN-SC-95-00589 NEW YORK HARBOR (20 May 1992), a US Navy photo by PHC Robert Hemmerly, now in the collections of Defense Imagery.mil.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Guadalcanal 1230k A port beam view of USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7) passing the Statue of Liberty at the entrance to New York harbor. She is visiting New York City for Navy Fleet Week '92 activities.
    DOD photo # DN-SC-95-00593 NEW YORK HARBOR (20 May 1992), a US Navy photo by PHC Robert Hemmerly, now in the collections of Defense Imagery.mil.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Guadalcanal 2699k Starbpard aerial view of USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7) passing the Statue of Liberty at the entrance to New York harbor. She is visiting New York City for Navy Fleet Week '92 activities.
    Defense Imagery photo # passing the Ellis Island Memorial Immigration Center on 20 May 1992 as the ship arrives at New York City for Fleet Week '92 NEW YORK HARBOR (20 May 1992), a US Navy photo by PHC Robert Hemmerly, now in the collections of Defense Imagery.mil.
    Robert Hurst
    Iwo Jima 1088k
    An aerial view of the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard looking west/northwest, 30 October 1995. The shipyard closed, 30 September 1995, but the Navy Intermediate Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF) continues to store decommissioned ships. Vessels visible , left to right: the battleships USS Iowa (BB-61), and USS Wisconsin (BB-64) at the DD wharf; USS Sylvania (AFS-2), USS Milwaukee (AOR-2) and USS Savannah (AOR-4) at pier 5; the aircraft carriers USS Forrestal (CV-59) and USS Saratoga (CV-60); at pier 4; the amphibious assault ships USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) and USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7) at pier 2. In the back pool is the heavy cruiser USS Des Moines (CA-134) and numerous destroyers and frigates.DOD photo # DN-SC-97-00422 PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (30 October 1995), a US Navy photo by Robert J. Sitar, now in the collections of Defense Imagery.mil.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Guadalcanal 59k Ex-USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7) laid up in the James River Reserve Fleet, Fort Eustis, VA, 3 May 2001 Photo by
    SSGT J Moore, US Army

    USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7) Memorabilia
    Guadalcanal
    Commissioning Program
    Contributed by
    Robert M. Cieri
    Guadalcanal
    1992
    Welcome Aboard
    Contributed by
    Robert M. Cieri
    Guadalcanal
    1992
    Supply Dept. patch
    Contributed by
    Tommy Trampp


    For more photos and information about USS Guadalcanal, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • Commanding Officers
  • USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7) - Military.com Unit Page
  • USS Iwo Jima Class Association

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

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