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USS Ashland (LSD-48)

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Precedence of awards is from left to right, top to bottom

Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (19AUG2005) - Navy Unit Commendation (2)
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Third Row - Armed Forces Service Medal (Op. Sharpe Edge, Liberia, Op. Uphold Democracy, Haiti, Op. Restore Hope, Somalia) - Southwest Asia Campaign Medal - Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Fourth Row - War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal - Humanitarian Service Medal - Sea Service Medal

Whidbey Island Class Dock Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 4 April 1988, at Avondale Shipbuilding, New Orleans, LA.
  • Launched, 11 November 1989
  • Commissioned USS Ashland, 9 May 1992, CDR. D. W Keith USN in command
  • Ashland (LSD-48) is a unit of PHIGRU2 and is homeported at 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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    Ashland 9k USS Ashland (LSD-48) under way, date and location unknown. USS Ashland
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    Ashland 18k USS Ashland (LSD-48) moored pierside at the Naval Station, Newport, Rhode Island in June 1999 Peter Wilson
    Ashland 84k USS Ashland (LSD-48) under way, date and location unknown. .
    Ashland 39k USS Ashland (LSD-48) under way, date and location unknown. .
    Ashland 533k USS Ashland (LSD-48) foreground, the guided missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60), center, and the guided missile frigate USS Kauffman (FFG-59), conduct steering maneuvers in the Atlantic Ocean. The ships are part of the Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group on a scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
    US Navy photo # 050405-N-2382W-009 Atlantic Ocean (Apr. 5, 2005) by PHAN Finley Williams
    Navy Newsstand
    Ashland 457k A Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) assigned to Assault Craft Unit Four (ACU-4) performs maneuvers during training exercises with USS Ashland (LSD-48). The Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment in support of the global war on terrorismUS Navy photo # 050420-N-3557N-034 Mediterranean Sea (April 20, 2005) by PHAN Christopher A Newsome Navy Newsstand
    Ashland 2540k USS Ashland (LSD-48) receive stores during a connected replenishment with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) combat stores ship USNS Spica (T-AFS-9). Ashland and Spica are deployed with the Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group and are currently conducting Maritime Security Operations in the Persian Gulf.
    US Navy photo # 050505-N-2382W-008 Persian Gulf (May 5, 2005) by PHAN Finley Williams
    Navy Newsstand
    Ashland 2760k The amphibious transport dock USS Ponce (LPD-15) and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD-48) receive stores during a connected replenishment with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) combat stores ship USNS Spica (T-AFS-9). Ponce, Ashland and Spica are deployed with the Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group and are currently conducting Maritime Security Operations in the Persian Gulf.
    US Navy photo # 050505-N-2382W-010 Persian Gulf (May 5, 2005) by PHAN Finley Williams
    Navy Newsstand
    Ashland 992k USS Ashland (LSD-48) and embarked elements of 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), arrive in Souda Harbor for a routine port visit on Greece's largest island. Ashland is assigned to the Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group and has been on a regular deployment from its homeport of Little Creek, Va., since March
    US Navy photo # 050901-N-0780F-003 Souda Bay, Crete, Greece (Sep. 1, 2005) by Paul Farley
    Navy Newsstand
    Ashland 1035k USS Ashland (LSD-48) and embarked elements of 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), arrive in Souda Harbor for a routine port visit on Greece's largest island. Ashland is assigned to the Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group and has been on a regular deployment from its homeport of Little Creek, Va., since March.
    US Navy photo # 050901-N-0780F-002 Souda Bay, Crete, Greece (Sep. 1, 2005) by Paul Farley
    Navy Newsstand
    Ashland 790k USS Ashland (LSD-48) foreground, and the guided missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60), center, and the guided missile frigate USS Kauffman (FFG-59) conduct steering maneuvers in the Atlantic Ocean. Ashland and Normandy are assigned to the Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group and are currently returning from a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
    US Navy photo # 050917-N-2382W-076 Atlantic Ocean (Sept 17, 2005) by PHAN Finley Williams
    Navy Newsstand
    Ashland 465k USS Ashland (LSD-48) Sailors man the rails as the ship gets underway from Naval Amphibious Base (NAB) Little Creek. Ashland will relieve USS Saipan (LHA-2) in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).
    US Navy photo # 061116-N-2456S-306 Virginia Beach, Va. (Nov. 16, 2006) by MCSN John Suits
    Navy Newsstand
    Ashland 233k USS Ashland (LSD-48) arrives in Souda harbor for a routine port visit. Ashland is deployed in support of Maritime Security Operations.
    US Navy photo # 070430-N-0780F-001 SOUDA BAY, Crete (April 30, 2007) by Paul Farley
    Navy Newsstand
    Ashland 496k USS Ashland (LSD-48) moored at Naval Station Norfolk as family and friends gather pier side to await the arrival of the guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG-95).
    US Navy photo # 071219-N-4515N-046 NORFOLK, Va. (Dec 19, 2007) by MCSN Joshua Adam Nuzzo
    Robert M. Cieri
    Ashland 75k USS Ashland (LSD-48) crosses the Atlantic Ocean, 25 February 2008, during a scheduled deployment as part of the Nassau Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility
    US Navy photo.
    Fred Weiss
    Ashland 1986k USS Ashland (LSD-48) arrives at the Marathi NATO Pier Facility, Souda Bay, Crete, Greece, 14 March 2008, for a route port visit. Ashland is deployed supporting maritime security operations.
    US Navy photo # 080314-N-0780F-002, Souda Bay, Crete (March 14, 2008) by Paul Farley.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Ashland 440k USS Ashland (LSD-48) enters port on opening day of the annual Fleet Week Port Everglades celebration.
    US Navy photo # 090427-N-8670L-006 PORT EVERGLADES, Fla. (April 27, 2009) by Scott Lehr.
    Lee Wahler
    Ashland 813k USS Ashland (LSD-48) is moored at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on loading humanitarian relief supplies for Haiti earthquake victims. Ashland is conducting humanitarian and disaster relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused severe damage in and around Port-au-Prince, Haiti Jan. 12.
    US Navy photo # 100202-N-1082Z-013 GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (Feb. 2, 2010) by MC2 Jason R. Zalasky.
    Lee Wahler
    Ashland 2067k The burned out hull of a suspected pirate skiff drifts near USS Ashland (LSD-48). Ashland while operating approximately 330 nautical miles off the coast of Djibouti, was fired upon and returned fire disabling a skiff manned by suspected pirates. Ashland deployed a visit, board, search and seizure team to rescue the suspects from the sea. USS Ashland is part of the Nassau Amphibious Ready Group and 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, currently supporting Maritime Security Operations (MSO) and Theater Security Cooperation (TSC) Operations in the US 5th Fleet area of operations
    US Navy photo # 100410-N-6110S-263 GULF OF ADEN (April 10, 2010) by MC2 Jason R. Zalasky.
    Ron Reeves
    Ashland 257k USS Ashland (LSD-48) at sea as a unit of the Nassau Amphibious Ready Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 100517-N-1082Z-060 U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (May 17, 2010) by MC2 Jason R. Zalasky.
    Ron Reeves
    Ashland 551k USS Ashland (LSD-48) at General Dynamics NASSCO-Norfolk Shipyard (formerly Metro Machine), Norfolk VA, 17 June 2012. Stephen Pettway SK1 (SW) USN (Ret.)
    APL-58 691k APL-58 moored across from USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) and forward of USS Ashland (LSD-48) at General Dynamics NASSCO-Norfolk Shipyard (formerly Metro Machine), Norfolk VA, 17 June 2012. Stephen Pettway SK1 (SW) USN (Ret.)
    Ashland 165k USS Ashland (LSD-48) moored pierside, Naval Station Pearl Harbor, 23 July 2013. © Richard Leonhardt
    Ashland 108k USS Ashland (LSD-48) underway in Japanese waters, date unknown. © Richard Miller BMCS USNR ret.
    Ashland 164k A Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) enters the well deck of USS Ashland (LSD-48). Ashland is part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), is conducting joint force operations in the US 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 140311-N-LM312-312 EAST CHINA SEA (March 11, 2014) by MC2 Adam D. Wainwright.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Ashland 154k Landing Craft Utility LCU-1633 assigned to Naval Beach Unit (NBU-7) prepares to enter the well deck of USS Ashland (LSD-48).
    US Navy photo # 140311-N-BB269-406 EAST CHINA SEA (March 11, 2014) by MCSN Raymond D. Diaz III.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Ashland 237k USS Ashland (LSD-48) and other ships from the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group transits in formation with ships from the Republic of Korea Navy, Commander Flotilla Five, during a photo exercise. Ashland is part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and is participating in Exercise Ssang Yong, an annual combined exercise conducted by Navy and Marine forces with the Republic of Korea in order to strengthen interoperability across the range of military operations.
    US Navy photo # 140327-N-ZU025-121 EAST CHINA SEA (March 27, 2014) by MC3 Todd C. Behrman.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Ashland 189k USS Ashland (LSD-48) and the mine countermeasures ship USS Patriot (MCM-7) are docked at White Beach Naval Facility. Ashland arrived in White Beach along with USS Green Bay (LPD-20) and are part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group on deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
    US Navy photo # 150305-N-MP556-060 OKINAWA, Japan (March 5, 2015) by LT. David Levy.
    Lee Wahler
    Ashland 293k USS Ashland (LSD-48) and the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) participates in a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Pecos (T-AO-197). Also in the photo is USNS Washington Chamebers (T-AKE-11). Bonhomme Richard and Ashland are a part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group are conducting an amphibious integration training exercise.
    US Navy photo # 150311-N-RU971-135 EAST CHINA SEA (March 11, 2015) by MC3 Cameron McCulloch.
    Lee Wahler
    Ashland 212k USS Ashland (LSD-48) transits the East China Sea. Ashland, a part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), is underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 150324-N-UF697-013 EAST CHINA SEA (March 24, 2015) by MC3 Kevin V. Cunningham.
    Lee Wahler
    Bonhomme Richard
    150605-N-NP779-043 EAST CHINA SEA (June 5, 2015)
    845k The amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and USS Ashland (LSD-48) maneuver to conduct a replenishment-at-sea. Bonhomme Richard, the lead ship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, is assigned to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
    US Navy Photo #'s 150605-N-NP779-043 EAST CHINA SEA (June 5, 2015) and 150605-N-NP779-465 EAST CHINA SEA (June 5, 2015) by MC1 Ty C. Connors.
    Lee Wahler
    Bonhomme Richard
    150605-N-NP779-465 EAST CHINA SEA (June 5, 2015)
    896k
    Ashland 160k USS Ashland (LSD48) transit the waters near Okinawa, Japan. Ashland is assigned to the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and is en-route to participate in Cobra Gold, a Thailand-U.S. co-sponsored multinational joint exercise designed to advance regional security by exercising a robust multinational force from nations sharing common goals and security commitments in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
    US Navy photo # 160128-N-RM689-212 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Jan. 28, 2016) by MCSN Kelsey L. Adams.
    Lee Wahler
    Ashland 208k An amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) departs White Beach Naval Facility to embark USS Ashland (LSD-48). Ashland is part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and are on deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
    US Navy photo # 160129-N-MP556-101 OKINAWA, Japan (Jan. 29, 2016) by LT. David Levy.
    Lee Wahler
    Ashland 370k Marines with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 practice landing the MV-22B Osprey and taking off from USS Ashland (LSD 48), during Cobra Gold 16 test flights at Utapao, Thailand. The MV-22B Osprey is a joint service multirole combat aircraft that is capable of moving troops or cargo at a high speed rate. Cobra Gold is designed to improve the quality of life and building on the commitment to bettering the Indo-Asia-Pacific. Marines are with VMM-262, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
    US Marine Corps photo # 160216-M-QX145-067 UTAPAO, Thailand (Feb. 16, 2016) by Lance Cpl Jessica N. Etheridge.
    Lee Wahler
    Ashland 173k A landing craft air cushion vehicle assigned to Naval Beach Unit Seven and USS Ashland (LSD-48) departs White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa, 6 July 2016 after offloading Marines from Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, Naval Beach Unit 7 and Ashland, part of Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, participated in several bilateral engagements during the 2016 Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training series.
    US Navy photo # 160706-N-YG104-004 OKINAWA, Japan (July 6, 2016) by MC2 Sarah Villegas.
    Lee Wahler
    Ashland 496k USS Ashland (LSD-48) anchored near the harbor of Fleet Activities Sasebo during an amphibious certification for Naval Beach Unit Seven. Naval Beach Unit Seven and Ashland, part of Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, are forward deployed to Sasebo, Japan.
    US Navy photo # 160719-N-YG104-001 SASEBO, Japan (July 19, 2016) by MC2 Claire Farin.
    Lee Wahler
    Rappahannock 185k USS Ashland (LSD-48), left, and the Henry J. Kaiser-class replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204) transit alongside the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) during a refueling-at-sea. Bonhomme Richard and its expeditionary strike group are operating in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to enhance partnerships and be a ready-response for any type of contingency.
    US Navy photo (MSC) # 170623-N-DL434-169 CORAL SEA (June 23, 2017) by MCSA Gavin Shields.
    Lee Wahler
    John Ericsson
    US Navy photo # 170710-N-YG104-010 CORAL SEA (July 10, 2017)
    306k The amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), right, steams alongside USNS John Ericsson (T-AO-194) and USS Ashland (LSD-48) during a replenishment-at-sea during Talisman Saber 2017. Bonhomme Richard is part of a combined U.S., Australia and New Zealand expeditionary strike group and is undergoing a series of scenarios that will increase naval proficiencies in operating against blue-water adversarial threats and in its primary mission of launching Marine forces ashore in the littorals. Talisman Saber is a biennial U.S.-Australia bilateral exercise held off the coast of Australia, meant to achieve interoperability and strengthen the U.S.-Australia alliance.
    US Navy photo # 170710-N-YG104-010 CORAL SEA (July 10, 2017) by MC2 Sarah Villegas and 170710-N-DL434-142 CORAL SEA (July 10, 2017) by MCSA Gavin Shields .
    U.S. Navy Photos of the Day Update 07/11/2017
    Lee Wahler
    John Ericsson
    US Navy photo # 170710-N-DL434-142 CORAL SEA (July 10, 2017)
    303k
    Ashland 176k USS Ashland (LSD-48) arrives in the harbor at White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa, Japan to deliver two mariners who were rescued at sea. Ashland, operating in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region on a routine deployment, is also in Okinawa to prepare for the joint U.S. Navy-Marine Corps exercise Blue Chromite.
    US Navy photo # 171030-N-YG104-002 OKINAWA, Japan (Oct. 30, 2017) by MC2 Sarah Villegas.
    Lee Wahler
    Ashland 145k USS Ashland (LSD-48) returns to Commander, Fleet Activities Sasebo after completing a five-month deployment in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The deployments highlights include exercises Talisman Saber and Blue Chromite while including several port visits to Australia, Guam and Japan.
    US Navy photo # 171108-N-IO414-004 SASEBO, Japan (Nov. 8, 2017) by MC2 Jordan Crouch.
    Lee Wahler


    For more photos and information about USS Ashland, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • Command Operation Reports
  • USS Ashland (LSD-48) Historical Chronology
  • USS Ashland (LSD-48)
  • USS Ashland Association
  • Navy Fact File - Dock Landing Ship - LSD

  • Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Keith, Douglas Wayne, USN9 May 1992 - 8 February 1994
    02CDR. Hlywiak, Michael Grove, USN (USNA 1976)8 February 1994 - 5 January 1996
    03CDR. Hanley, Timothy Robert5 January 1996 - 12 November 1997
    04CDR. Heimer, Antony Oliver12 November 1997 - 16 June 1999
    05CDR. Sierra-Solla, Jorge16 June 1999 - 2 February 2001
    06CDR. Ratner, Todd Guild2 February 2001 - 14 February 2002
    07CDR. Howard, Samuel Charles-Henry, USN 14 February 2002 - 24 October 2003
    08CDR. Boardman, Gary Michael Barto, USN24 October 2003 - 24 August 2005
    09CDR. Owen, David Allen24 August 2005 - 25 February 2007
    10CDR. Ward, Jeffrey Allan, USN25 February 2007 - 15 August 2008
    11CDR. Cronin, Jeffrey R., USN15 August 2008 - 9 April 2010
    12CDR. Curtis, Scott Brian, USN9 April 2010 - 27 October 2011
    13CDR. Scholl, Ryan Ben, USN27 October 2011 - 7 February 2013
    14CDR. Hershman, Brett Christian, USN7 February 2013 - 23 August 2013 (hull swap to LSD-46)
    15CDR. Barnett, John Justin, USN23 August 2013 - 17 January 2014 (hull swap from LSD-46)
    16CDR. Patterson, Douglas Allan, USN (USNA 1998)17 January 2014 - 14 May 2015
    17CDR. Duhan, Daniel Patrick14 May 2015 - 3 February 2017
    18CDR. Wasson, Steven Harrod, USN3 February 2017 -  

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