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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-Pieistick PC2.5V 16 cylinder marines diesel engines
    four 1,300kw Fairbanks-Morse O-P 38D8-1/8 Generating Sets
    two controllable pitch propellers, combined SHP 33,000

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    Whidbey Island
    Whidbey Island - Whidbey Island is the largest of the islands composing Island County, WA. Whidbey is about 30 miles north of Seattle, and lies between the Olympic Peninsula and the I-5 corridor of western Washington. The island forms the northern boundary of Puget Sound. It is home to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.
    US Navy photo
    Tommy Trampp
    Whidbey Island 140k Christening by Mrs. Sally Gorton, wife of Senator Slade Gorton of Washington and launch of Whidbey Island (LSD-41), 10 June 1983, at Lockheed Shipbuilding Corp, Seattle, WA.
    US Navy photo
    Dale Hargrave
    Whidbey Island 54k USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41)'s long wet well deck, in which are included wooden battens, is shown in this illustration. Note the turntable at its forward end, just forward of the ramp, and the ejectable water barrier built into the well deck.
    Drawing from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    Whidbey Island 321k Whidbey Island (LSD-41) under way in Puget Sound, WA., 20 September 1984, while running trials.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 107644., Photographed by Lockheed Shipbuilding Company, Seattle, WA.
    Mike Green
    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
    LCU-1644 197k LCU-1644 operates near the amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41) in the Atlantic Ocean, 23 June 2011. Whidbey Island is participating with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group in the Spanish Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 2011 off the coast of Spain.
    US Navy photo # 110623-N-EC658-031 Atlantic Ocean (June 23, 2011) by MC2 Julio Rivera.
    Robert Hurst
    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
    Whidbey Island 925k USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41) conducting small boat operations with the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1). Whidbey Island is under way with the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group participating in Amphibious Ready Group/ Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise.
    US Navy photo # 160411-N-TI017-023 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 11, 2016) by MC2 Nathan R. McDonald.
    Lee Wahler
    Whidbey Island 127k USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41) under way at Istanbul, Turkey, date unknown.
    Photo from
    Tommy Trampp
    Whidbey Island 185k USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41) moored pierside, Naval Station Norfolk, VA., 22 September 2017. Photo by Hugh L. Hudson III

    For more photos and information about USS Whidbey Island, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41) Historical Chronology
  • USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41)
  • Navy Fact File - Dock Landing Ship - LSD

  • Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Muldon, Patrick9 February 1985 - ?
    02CDR. Holder, Gorden S. :VADM? - 1 May 1989
    03CDR. Breitinger, Thomas1 May 1989 - 21 June 1991
    04CDR. Sonn, Bruce Eric, USN (USNA 1972)21 June 1991 - 19 March 1993
    05CDR. Collis, Jerry C.19 March 1993 - ?
    06CDR. McKnight, Terrence E.? - 11 October 1996
    07CDR. Pierce, Terry C.11 October 1996 - 27 March 1998
    08CDR. Clark, Roy L.27 March 1998 - 17 November 1999
    09CDR. Barrington, Brian E.17 November 1999 - 6 July 2001
    10CDR. Hoyke, Mark R.6 July 2001 - 7 February 2003
    11CDR. Woods, Alphonso7 February 2003 - July 2004
    12CDR. Pringle, Cedric E.July 2004 - 17February 2006
    13CDR. Ross, Erik Matthew. USN :RADM17 February 2006 - 3 August 2007
    14CDR. Junge, Michael3 August 2007 - 21 March 2009
    15CDR. Weatherly, Kirk A.21 March 2009 - 22 October 2010
    16CDR. Conzen, Eric Laurence22 October 2010 - 4 June 2012
    17CDR. Stanfield, Vernon H.4 June 2012 - 30 August 2013
    18CDR. Wells, Christopher Kevin30 August 2013 - 5 December 2014
    19CDR. Gray Jr., David Lewis, USN5 December 2014 - 4 April 2016
    20CDR. Rule, Ethan M.4 April 2016 - January 2018
    21CDR. Smith, Richard Allen, USNJanuary 2018 - 22 March 2019
    22CDR. Sullivan, Jean Marie, USN22 March 2019 - 10 September 2020
    23CDR. O’Cañas, Kristel A., USN10 September 2020 -  
    Courtesy Ron Reeves and Wolfgang Hechler

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

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