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USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44)

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Whidbey Island Class Dock Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 26 May 1986, at Avondale Shipbuilding, New Orleans, LA.
  • Launched, 27 June 1987
  • Commissioned USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44), 22 April 1989, CDR. John P. Jeffcoat in command
  • USS Gunston Hall is a unit of the US Atlantic Fleet assigned to COMPHIBGRU TWO, COMPHIBRON TWO, and is homeported at NAB Little Creek, VA.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 11,471 t.(lt), 15,939 t.(fl)
    Length 609' 7"
    Beam 84'
    Draft 19' 2"
    Speed 20+ kts.
    Complement
    Officers 22
    Enlisted 391
    Marine Detachment 402 + 102 surge
    Aircraft, helicopters (Flight Deck, 2 spots)
    Landing/Attack Craft Four (LCAC) Landing Craft, Air Cushion
    Armament
    two 25mm MK 38 Machine Guns
    two 20mm Phalanx CIWS mounts
    six .50 cal. machine guns
    two Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Mounts
    Propulsion
    four Colt Industries PC2.5V 16 cylinder diesels
    two shafts, combined SHP 33,000

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    Gunston Hall 26k USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44) underway, date and location unknown.
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    Gunston Hall 29k USS Gunston Hall (LPD-44) moored pierside during port visit to Halifax, Nova Scotia, date unknown. Peter Wilson
    Gunston Hall 60k USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44) underway, date and location unknown.
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    Gunston Hall 36k USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44) moored pierside at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, VA., date unknown. Note the Navy Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) in this photo.
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    Gunston Hall 71k USS Gunston Hall (LPD-44) loads out a Navy-Marine Corps amphibious team in mid-August for Operation Desert Shield.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, October 1990.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Gunston Hall 200k USS Gunston Hall (LPD-44) at Genoa, Italy, 18 February 1995. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Gunston Hall 212k USS Gunston Hall (LPD-44) at Genoa, Italy, 19 February 1995. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Santaquin 80k The large harbor tug Santaquin (YTB-824) assists USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44) into the harbor at Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, VA.,, 17 April 1999, as Gunston Hall Sailors and Marines man the rails. Gunston Hall was returning to her homeport after deploying to the Persian Gulf region for Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.
    DVIC photo # DNST9109712 by PH3 Tuemler USN
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Gunston Hall 398k USS Gunston Hall (LPD-44) (background), the guided missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG-58) (foreground), and Al Jawf class HMS Shaqra (MHC-422) (center) conduct Surface Action Group operations during exercise Nautical Union. Nautical Union is a joint exercise directed through Commander Destroyer Squadron Five Zero (COMDESRON 50) between the U.S. and coalition forces. Nautical Union operations include conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO) training, air defense, anti submarine warfare, surface warfare, mine counter measures, electronic warfare, replenishment at sea (RAS), and command and control. Maritime Security Operations (MSO) set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment as well as complements the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations.
    US Navy photo # 050719-N-5526M-014 Persian Gulf July 19, 2005) by PH1 Robert R. McRill.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Gunston Hall 729k USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44) anchored near the Killick Haitian Coast Guard Base. Gunston Hall was diverted from its Africa Partnership Station (APS) mission to assist with relief and humanitarian efforts for Operation Unified Response after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti Jan. 12, 2010.
    US Navy photo # 100119-N-6676S-001 KILLICK, Haiti (Jan. 19, 2010) by MC2 John Stratton.
    Lee Wahler
    Gunston Hall 1037k USS Gunston Hall (LPD-44) operates off the coast of Killick, Haiti. Gunston Hall is supporting Operation Unified Response after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused severe damage near Port-au-Prince Jan. 12.
    US Navy photo # 100122-N-5345W-154 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Jan. 22, 2010) by MC2 Kristopher Wilson.
    Lee Wahler
    Gunston Hall 947k Sailors and Marines aboard USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44) man the rails as the ship arrives in Sekondi, Ghana, for the first African port visit of Africa Partnership Station West 2010. Gunston Hall is on a scheduled deployment in West Africa supporting Africa Partnership Station West, an international initiative developed by U.S> Naval Forces Europe and U.S. Naval Forces Africa to improve maritime safety and security in West and Central Africa.
    US Navy photo # 100310-N-7948C-045 SEKONDI, Ghana (March 10, 2010) by MC1 Martine Cuaron.
    Lee Wahler
    Gunston Hall
    110112-N-5292M-379
    NORFOLK (Jan. 12, 2011)
    143k A tug guides USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44) away from the pier as it departs Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. Gunston Hall is leaving on a two-month deployment supporting Southern Partnership Station 2011, a deployment of various specialty platforms to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility in the Caribbean and Central America.
    US Navy photo #s 110112-N-5292M-379 NORFOLK (Jan. 12, 2011) and 110112-N-5292M-359 NORFOLK (Jan. 12, 2011) by MC1 Julie Matyascik.
    Lee Wahler
    Gunston Hall
    110112-N-5292M-359
    NORFOLK (Jan. 12, 2011)
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    Gunston Hall 320k US Marines, operating amphibious assault vehicles (AAV) with the Security Cooperation Task Force (SCTF), prepare to debark from USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44), 11 February 2011, during Amphibious Southern Partnership Station 2011. A-SPS 11 will focus on strengthening existing regional partnerships and encouraging the establishment of new relationships through the exchange of subject matter expertise.
    US Army Photo # unknown by Pfc. Lorraine S. Mendoza.
    Robert Hurst
    New York 417k The amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD-21) and USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44) perform divisional tactics, which are tactical maneuvers practiced by multiple ships in unison. New York and Gunston Hall are deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 120404-N-VE788-095 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 4, 2012) by MC3 Travis J. Kuykendall.
    Scott Koen and uss newyork.com
    Gunston Hall 1110k USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44) underway in the US 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom.
    US Navy photo # 121019-N-XQ375-101 U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Oct. 19, 2012) by MC2 Deven B. King.
    Lee Wahler
    Gunston Hall 426k USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44) operates in the Mediterranean Sea. Gunston Hall is part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group with the embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) and is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 121106-N-NN926-114 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Nov. 6, 2012) by MC2 Zane Ecklund.
    Lee Wahler
    Robert E. Peary 340k USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE-5) steams alongside USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44) during a replenishment-at-sea. Gunston Hall and the embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) are deployed after supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 121212-N-YO707-007 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 12, 2012) by MCSN Cyrus Roson.
    Lee Wahler
    Gunston Hall 158k USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44) participates in a vertical replenishment. Sailors from the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and Marines assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) are participating in ARGMEU exercises.
    US Navy photo # 131106-N-JX484-228 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 6, 2013) by MCSN Mark Hays.
    Lee Wahler

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  • Navy Fact File - Dock Landing Ship - LSD
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