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USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - November - Whiskey - India
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 - Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2)
Second Row Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (3) - Navy Expeditionary Medal (1-Liberia) - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2) - Humanitarian Service Medal - Armed Forces Service Medal

Whidbey Island Class Dock Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 4 August 1981, at Lockheed Shipbuilding Corp, Seattle, WA.
  • Launched, 10 June 1983
  • Commissioned USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41), 9 February 1985, CDR. Patrick Muldon in command
  • USS Whidbey Island is assigned to COMNAVSURFLANT and is homeported at NAB Little Creek, VA.
    Displacement 11,471 t.(lt), 15,939 t.(fl)
    Length 609' 7"
    Beam 84'
    Draft 19' 2"
    Speed 20+ kts.
    Officers 22
    Enlisted 391
    Marine Detachment 402 + 102 surge
    Aircraft, helicopters (Flight Deck, 2 spots)
    Landing/Attack Craft Four (LCAC) Landing Craft, Air Cushion
    two 25mm MK 38 Machine Guns
    two 20mm Phalanx CIWS mounts
    six .50 cal. machine guns
    two Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Mounts
    four Colt Industries PC2.5V 16 cylinder diesels
    two shafts, combined SHP 33,000

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    Whidbey Island 243k Whidbey Island (LSD-41) underway, probably during builders trials in Puget Sound, WA., circa January 1985.
    Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company photos from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    Whidbey Island 145k
    Whidbey Island 64k Invitation to the launching of Whidbey Island (LSD-41), 10 June 1983, at Lockheed Marine Shipbuilding Division, Seattle, WA. S. Dale Hargrave
    Whidbey Island 29k USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41) at sea, date unknown  
    Spartanburg County 52k Port bow view of USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192), in company with USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41), background left, and USS Nashville (LPD-13), background, right, participating in "leapfrog" maneuvering drills while en route to NATO exercise Northern Wedding `86. North Atlantic Ocean, 1 August 1986, Photo by PHC Jeff Hilton USN.
    Department of Defense photo # DNSC8705004
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Whidbey Island 178k USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41) with PhibRon 4 (MARG 2-87) 26th MAU embarked, off the coast of Spain, February 1987 Photo by Tom LaLumiere
    ex SGT USMC
    Whidbey Island 68k USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41) during Exercise Sardinia-87, in the Gulf of Teulda, Sardinia, March 1987 Photo by Ignacio Lopez ex member Armada Espanola
    Whidbey Island 49k USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41) during Exercise Sardinia-87, in the Tirreno Sea, March 1987 Photo by Ignacio Lopez ex member Armada Espanola
    LCT-1623 61k ASDV-2 backing out of the well deck of USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41) while off Guantanamo Bay Cuba, late-1989. Dave Chappell BMCS(SW) Ret. Craftmaster ASDV-2, 1986 and 1990
    Whidbey Island 63k USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41) moored pierside at Genoa, Italy, 22 December 1999. Photo & Collection Paolo Marsan, France
    Whidbey Island 207k USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41) at Genoa, Italy, 3 January 2000. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Whidbey Island 58k USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41) underway in the Persian Gulf, 14 September 2006.
    US Navy photo # 060914-N-4856C-005 by Mass Communications Specialist Christopher L. Clark.
    Lee Wahler
    Whidbey Island 1419k USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41) underway in the Mediterranean Sea. Whidbey Island is deployed as part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, conducting maritime security operation and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility
    US Navy photo # 110602-N-XO436-038 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 2, 2011) by MC3 Jonathan Sunderman.
    Lee Wahler
    Whidbey Island 1058k USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41) arrives at U.S. Naval Support Activity Souda Bay for a routine port visit.
    US Navy photo # 110711-N-QL533-001 SOUDA BAY, Greece (July 11, 2011) by MC2 Cayman Santoro.
    Lee Wahler
    Whidbey Island 501k USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41) transits off the coast of Romania during Summer Storm 2011, a combined amphibious assault exercise with Romania. Whidbey Island 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 # 110802-N-GH121-259 BLACK SEA (Aug. 2, 2011) by MC1 Rachael L. Leslie.
    Lee Wahler
    Whidbey Island 449k USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41) arriving in the port of Valletta, Malta, 13 January 2012. This is Whidbey Islands first visit to Valletta. Photo by Anthony Vella

    There is no DANFS history available for USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41) at the US Naval Historical Center

    For more photos and information about USS Whidbey Island, see;
  • History and Command Operational Reports
  • USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41)
  • Navy Fact File - Dock Landing Ship - LSD
  • Commanding Officers

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

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