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USS Germantown (LSD-42)

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Commander U.S. Pacific Fleet Letter of Commendation
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation (2) - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (3) - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (6)
Second Row - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - Southwest Asia Service Medal
Third Row - Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (3) - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


Whidbey Island Class Dock Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 5 August 1982, at Lockheed Shipbuilding Corp, Seattle, WA.
  • Launched, 29 June 1984
  • Commissioned USS Germantown (LSD-42), 8 February 1986, CDR. Edward M. Kline Jr. in command
  • USS Germantown is assigned to COMSURFPAC is forward deployed and homeported at Sasebo, Japan
    Specifications:
    Displacement 11,471 t.(lt), 16,360 t.(fl)
    Length 609' 7"
    Beam 84'
    Draft 19' 2"
    Speed 20+ kts.
    Complement
    20 Officers
    327 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    34 Officers
    471 Enlisted
    Aircraft, helicopters (Flight Deck, 2 spots)
    Boats (Well Deck Capacity) up to five LCAC's
    Armament
    two (mk15 mod1) Phalanx (CIWS) 20 mm Vulcan cannon gun mounts
    two (mk16) 25 mm Bushmaster chain gun mounts, six .50 cal machine guns
    Propulsion
    four Colt Industries PC2.5V 16 cylinder diesels
    two propellers, combined SHP 33,000

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    Germantown 135k Germantown (LSD-42) launch, 29 June 1984, at Lockheed Shipbuilding Corp, Seattle, WA. S. Dale Hargrave
    Germantown 118k Germantown (LSD-42) underway probably during builders trials in the Gulf of Mexico, circa January 1986.
    Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company photo from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    Canonchet 83k The large harbor tug Canonchet (YTB-823) assists the garland decorated USS Germantown (LSD-42) into port at San Diego, CA., 29 August 1991. Germantown, along with other ships of Amphibious Squadron One are returning from the Persian Gulf area where she was deployed during Operation Desert Storm.
    DVIC photo # DNST9201950 by JO1(AW) Joseph F. Lancaster, USN.
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Canonchet 86k The large harbor tug Canonchet (YTB-823) nudges USS Germantown (LSD-42) into her berth at San Diego, CA., 29 August 1991. Germantown along with other ships of Amphibious Squadron One are returning from the Persian Gulf area where she was deployed during Operation Desert Storm.
    DVIC photo # DNST9201951 by JO1(AW) Joseph F. Lancaster, USN
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Germantown 341k USS Germantown (LSD-42) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
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    Germantown 69k USS Germantown (LSD-42) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
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    Germantown 89k USS Germantown (LSD-42) underway off San Diego with Point Loma in the background, date unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Essex 95k The Essex Amphibious Readiness Group (ARG) steaming in formation in the South Pacific, 11 March 2002. USS Essex (LHD-2) is followed by USS Juneau (LPD-10), USS Germantown (LSD-42) and USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43).
    US Navy photo # 1-020311-N-9802B-003 from the Navy Newsstand web site.
    Bernard A. Cardali USN, USS LST-308
    Cleveland 1981k USS Germantown (LSD-42) (right) and USS Cleveland (LPD-7) (left) moored pierside at Naval Station San Diego, CA., August 2007. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Germantown 1956k USS Germantown (LSD-42) moored bow to bow pierside with USS Dubuque (LPD-8)
    at Naval Station San Diego, August 2007
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Germantown 730k USS Germantown (LSD-42) arrives in Seattle for the 2008 Seafair Fleet Week, assisted by large harbor tugs Manhattan (YTB-779) and Canonchet (YTB-823). During the week long stay in Seattle, Sailors will get a chance to explore the local community. Navy Weeks are designed to raise awareness in metropolitan areas that do not have a significant Navy presence.
    US Navy photos # 080729-N-7656R-001 SEATTLE (July 29, 2008)
    080729-N-7656R-002 SEATTLE (July 29, 2008)
    and
    080729-N-7656R-001 SEATTLE (July 29, 2008) by MC2 Eric J. Rowley.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Germantown 527k
    Germantown 487k
    Germantown 552k USS Germantown (LSD-42) and Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Princeton (CG-59) lead the parade of ships to kick off the 2008 59th annual Seattle Seafair Fleet Week. During the week long stay in Seattle, Sailors will get a chance to explore the local community. Navy Weeks are designed to raise awareness in metropolitan areas that do not have a significant Navy presence.
    US Navy photo # 080730-N-7656R-003 SEATTLE (July 30, 2008) and
    080730-N-7656R-001 SEATTLE (July 30, 2008) by MC2 Eric J. Rowley.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Germantown 761k
    Germantown 330k USS Germantown (LSD-42) crew members lower a rigid-hull inflatable boat into the water. Germantown is part of the forward deployed Essex Amphibious Ready Group and is conducting operations in the western Pacific.
    US Navy photo # 111101-N-WJ771-098 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Nov. 1, 2011) by MC2 Casey H. Kyhl.
    Tommy Trampp
    Germantown 1295k The forward-deployed USS Germantown (LSD-42) and the Royal Thai navy medium landing ship HTMS Surin (LST-722) underway in the Gulf of Thailand. Germantown is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and is participating in exercise Cobra Gold 2011, a US and Thailand co-sponsored multi-nation exercise to improve interoperability between participating nations.
    US Navy photo # 110214-N-8607R-417 GULF OF THAILAND (Feb. 14, 2011) by MC2 Eva-Marie Ramsaran.
    Lee Wahler
    Germantown 1,333k A landing craft air cushion departs the well deck of USS Germantown (LSD-42) while an SH-60F Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the U.S. 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19) conducts flight operations. Blue Ridge and Germantown are in the Coral Sea participating in Talisman Sabre 2011, a bilateral exercise intended to enhance planning and readiness between the U.S. and Australian forces.
    US Navy photo # 110722-N-SD300-055 CORAL SEA (July 21, 2011) by MCSN James Norman.
    Lee Wahler
    Germantown 848k The forward-deployed USS Germantown (LSD-42) returns to Fleet Activities Sasebo after its summer patrol in the western Pacific Ocean.
    US Navy photo # 110825-N-WJ771-064 SASEBO, Japan (Aug. 25, 2011) by MC2 Casey H. Kyhl.
    Lee Wahler
    Tippecanoe 216k Sailors aboard USNS Tippecanoe (T-AOE-199) attach cargo to a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter during a replenishment at sea with the with the forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ships USS Germantown (LSD-42) and USS Tortuga (LSD-46) (not pictured). Germantown, with embarked elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU-31) is under way after participating in Exercise Cobra Gold 2012, an annual Thai-U.S. co-sponsored joint and multinational exercise designed to advance security throughout the Asia-Pacific region and enhance interoperability with participating nations.
    US Navy photo # 120220-N-WV964-136 GULF OF THAILAND (Feb. 20, 2012) by MC1 Johnie Hickmon.
    Ron Reeves
    Germantown 106k USS Germantown (LSD-42), USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) and an unidentified Guided Missile Frigate moored pierside at Naval Station San Diego, CA. in April 2013. Photo by Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Germantown 172k Amphibious assault vehicles assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, depart the well deck of USS Germantown (LSD-42) during exercise Blue Chromite. Blue Chromite is an amphibious training exercise conducted with the 4th Marine Regiment and the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines. Germantown is part of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group and is conducting joint forces exercises in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 41102-N-XM324-233 OURA-WAN, Okinawa (Nov. 2, 2014) by MCSN Patrick Dionne.
    Lee Wahler
    Germantown 182k USS Germantown (LSD-42) returns to Commander Fleet Activities Sasebo after completing her fall patrol. Germantown is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 141114-N-LP801-029 SASEBO, Japan (Nov. 14, 2014) by MC2 Raul Moreno Jr.
    Lee Wahler
    Germantown 168k USS Germantown (LSD-42) departs Naval Facility White Beach after embarking Marines from 3rd Marine Division, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing and 3rd Marine Logistics Group in preparation for exercise Blue Chromite. Blue Chromite is an amphibious training exercise conducted with the 4th Marine Regiment, Marine Air Group 36, Combat Logistics Regiment 4, and other elements of III Marine Expeditionary Force. Germantown is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operation in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
    US Navy photo # 151027-N-MP556-011 OKINAWA, Japan (Oct. 27, 2015) by LT. David A. Levy.
    Lee Wahler
    Germantown 194k USS Germantown (LSD-42) anchors outside White Beach, Okinawa, during well deck operations. Germantown is assigned to the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (BHRARG) and is participating in a certification exercise (CERTEX) with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).
    US Navy photo # 160223-N-KB426-385 WHITE BEACH, Okinawa (Feb. 23, 2016) by MC3 James Vazquez.
    Lee Wahler
    Germantown 208k USS Germantown (LSD-42) arrives at Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka. Germantown, part of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (BHRESG), was visiting FLEACT Yokosuka as part of a regularly scheduled port visit for training and maintenance.
    US Navy photo # 160328-N-XN177-104 YOKOSUKA, Japan (March 28, 2016) by MC2 Peter Burghart.
    Lee Wahler
    Germantown 206k USS Germantown (LSD-42) transits the East China Sea during wet well deck operations. Germantown, attached to Expeditionary Strike Group 7, is underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operation in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.
    US Navy photo # 160823-N-BB269-231 EAST CHINA SEA (Aug. 23, 2016) by MC2 Raymond D. Diaz.
    Lee Wahler
    Germantown 218k USS Germantown (LSD-42) anchored off the coast of Okinawa, during a non-combatant evacuation operation (NEO) exercise. NEO is an ordered evacuation of civilian and nonessential military personnel from danger in overseas countries to a designated safe area. Germantown, attached to Expeditionary Strike Group 7, is under way in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operation in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.
    US Navy photo # 160904-N-BB269-523 OKINAWA, Japan (Sep. 4, 2016) by MC2 Raymond D. Diaz.
    Lee Wahler
    Germantown 189k USS Germantown (LSD-42) transits the Pacific Ocean. Germantown, under way with the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group, is operating in the US 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region
    US Navy photo # 160910-N-YG104-012 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 10, 2016) by MC2 Sarah Villegas.
    Lee Wahler
    Germantown 194k USS Germantown (LSD-42) receiving cargo palettes from an MH-60S Sea Hawk, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25, during a replenishment at sea (RAS). Germantown, part of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (
    US Navy photo # 160912-N-YG104-011 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 12, 2016) by MC2 Sarah Villegas.
    Lee Wahler
    CVN-76 Ronald Reagan 124k USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) and USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) lead a formation of Carrier Strike Group Five and Expeditionary Strike Group Seven ships, steaming in the Philippine Sea, 20 September 2016. Ships in the photo include
    USS Momsen (DDG-92),
    USS Chancellorsville (CG-62),
    USS Stethem (DDG-63),
    USS Benfold (DDG-65),
    USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54),
    USS Germantown (LSD-42),
    USS Barry (DDG-52),
    USS Green Bay (LPD-20),
    USS McCampbell (DDG-85), as well as
    USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO-193) during a photo exercise to signify the completion of Valiant Shield 2016. Valiant Shield is a biennial, U.S.-only, field-training exercise with a focus on integration of joint training among U.S. forces. This was the sixth exercise in the series, that began in 2006.
    US Navy photo # 160920-N-NT265-419 PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 20, 2016) by MC2 Christian Senyk
    Ron Reeves
    Rappahannock 221k The amphibious transport dock USS Green Bay (LPD-20) comes alongside USNS Rappahannock (T-AO-204) along with USS Germantown (LSD-42) during a replenishment at sea during Valiant Shield 2016. Valiant Shield 2016 is a biennial, U.S.-only, field training exercise (FTX) with a focus on integration of joint training among U.S. forces. Green Bay, part of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, is participating in Valiant Shield in an effort to increase naval integration and joint capabilities in the event of conflict, contingency, or disaster relief.
    US Navy photo # 160922-N-XM324-026 PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 22, 2016 by MC3 Patrick Dionne/.
    Lee Wahler


    For more photos and information about USS Germantown, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • History and Command Operational Reports
  • USS Germantown (LSD-42) Official US Navy Web Site
  • USS Germantown (LSD-42) Historical Chronology
  • Navy Fact File - Dock Landing Ship - LSD

  • Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Kline Jr., Edward Marvin8 February 1986 - 12 May 1988
    02CDR. Wittkamp, T. Michael12 May 1988 - 4 May 1990
    03CDR. Marshall, William J.4 May 1990 - 23 January 1992
    04CDR. Bray, James David23 January 1992 - 21 January 1994
    05CDR. Baltrush, Eric J.21 January 1994 - 9 January 1995
    06CDR. Naeger, Jr. H. W.9 January 1995 - 3 March 1996
    07CDR. Rowland, Steven C.3 March 1996 - 11 October 1996
    08CDR. Karakos, Andrew T., USN (USNA 1978)11 October 1996 - 16 June 1998
    09CDR. Parker, Joseph H.16 June 1998 - 15 February 2000
    10CDR. Abler, Eugene Michael15 February 2000 - 28 September 2001
    11CDR. Martin, Bradley Dean28 September 2001 - 16 August 2002
    12CDR. Shunkwiler, Donald Raymond J.16 August 2002 - 12 December 2002
    13CDR. Angelino Jr., Henry Daniel12 December 2002 - 26 October 2004
    14CDR. Deehr, John David26 October 2004 - 31 August 2006
    15CDR. Vincent, Steven D.21 August 2006 - 7 January 2008
    16CDR. Moore, Keith G., USN7 January 2008 - 2010
    17CDR. Crary, III Michael Alexander, USN (USNA 1992)14 April 2010 - 21 April 2011 - hull swap with LSD-49
    18CDR. Hull, Antono D.21 April 2011 - 5 August 2011
    19CDR. McKenzie, Carol E.5 August 2011 - 31 May 2013
    20CDR. Leach, Jason Richard31 May 2013 - 7 March 2014
    21CAPT. Thompson III, Marvin Edward7 March 2014 - 27 October 2014
    22CDR. Harrington II, Gary Allen27 October 2014 - 10 May 2016
    23CDR. Stevens II, Servern B., USN10 May 2016 - October 2017
    24CDR. Jensen III Jimmie J., USNOctober 2017 -  
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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