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USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49)

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Harpers Ferry Class Dock Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 15 April 1991, at Avondale Industries, New Orleans, LA.
  • Launched, 16 January 1993
  • Commissioned USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49), 7 January 1995
  • USS Harpers Ferry is assigned to COMSURFPAC and homeported at San Diego, CA.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 11,604 t.(lt), 16,601 t.(fl)
    Length 609' 7"
    Beam 84'
    Draft 20' 4" (max)
    Speed 20+ kts.
    Complement
    22 Officers
    327 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    27 Officers
    473 Enlisted
    Aircraft helicopters, (Flight Deck, 2 spots)
    Boats (Well Deck Capacity) two 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
    two Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) launchers
    six Super Rapid Blooming Outboard Chaff launchers
    Propulsion
    four Colt-Pielstick 16 cylinder Diesels
    propellers, combined SHP 33,000

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    Harpers Ferry 104k Internal profile of the landing ship dock USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49). Harpers Ferry is a modified version of the Whidbey Island Class Dock Landing Ship, with more cargo space forward of an abbreviated well deck.
    Drawing from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History", by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    Harpers Ferry 22k USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49), steaming in the Arabian Gulf, 4 March 1999.
    US Navy photo # 990304-N-5374R-001
     
    Harpers Ferry 293k USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) underway, date and location unknown.  
    Harpers Ferry 214k USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) underway, date and location unknown.  
    Harpers Ferry 87k USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) underway in San Diego harbor, date unknown. USS Harpers Ferry web site
    Harpers Ferry 41k USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) arrives in her new homeport of Sasebo, Japan, 10 September 2002.
    US Navy photo # 1-020910-N-7217H-001.
    Bernard A. Cardali USN, USS LST-308
    Harpers Ferry 522k USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) and USS Dextrous (MCM-13) conducts a replenishment at sea, 24 December 2004, in the Persian Gulf. Harpers Ferry is the Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB) to nearby Oil Platforms and support ships, providing security and logistics support. The USS Essex Expeditionary Strike Group is operating in the Northern Persian Gulf with other multi-national forces in support of the sovereign government of Iraq.
    US Navy photo # 041224-N-4772B-277 Persian Gulf (Dec. 24, 2004) by JO2 Brian P. Biller.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Harpers Ferry 64k USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) underway, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Harpers Ferry 303k A combined U.S. Navy and Philippine Navy task group underway during the at-sea phase of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) in the Philippines. CARAT is an annual series of bilateral military training exercises with several Southeast Asian nations designed to enhance the interoperability of the respective sea services. United Sates ships are from left to right: USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49); USS Paul Hamilton (DDG-60); USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG-60); Republic of the Philippines ships are, from left to right, BRP Emilio Jacinto (PS-35) and BRP Rizal (PS-74), ex-USS Murrelet (MSF-372)
    US Navy photo # 050822-N-6264C-145 Sulu Sea (Aug. 22, 2005) by AMS1 William Contreras.
    LCDR Orlando Gallardo
    Harpers Ferry 178k US Marine Corps armored amphibious vehicles from the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Battalion Landing Team leave the beach on the island of Iwo Jima to return to USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49), on 8 March 2006. Harpers Ferry, along with the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) and elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), are visiting Iwo Jima to commemorate the 61st anniversary of the famous Pacific War battle in Feb. 1945.
    US Navy photo # 060308-N-4772B-354 by JO2 Brian P. Biller.
    Robert Hurst
    Harpers Ferry 88k Chalk and chainmen secure a Republic of Singapore Air Force Eurocopter AS 332 Super Puma of 125 Squadron to the flight deck of USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) during deck landing qualifications (DLQs) as part of the Singapore stage of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT), 23 July 2007. DLQs were conducted to enhance the interoperability between the U.S. and Singapore navies. CARAT is an annual series of bilateral maritime training exercises between the United States and six Southeast Asia nations designed to build relationships and enhance the operational readiness of the participating forces. Harpers Ferry is the flagship for CARAT 2007 with Commander Destroyer Squadron 1 embarked on board.
    US Navy photo # 070723-N-0120A-032 CARAT 2007 (July. 23, 2007) by MC3 Mark R. Alvarez.
    Robert Hurst
    Juneau 806k The amphibious transport dock USS Juneau (LPD-10) followed by USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) underway during ship maneuvering drills, 15 February 2008. They are part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group..
    US Navy photo # 080214-N-4010S-086 SEA OF JAPAN (February 15, 2008) by MCC Ty Swartz.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Harpers Ferry 1873k A landing craft air cushioned (LCAC) assigned to Beach Master Unit (BMU) 5 WESTPAC brings Marine equipment from the well deck of USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) during the offload of personnel and equipment of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) at White Beach Naval Facility. Harpers Ferry Sailors and embarked Marines are returning from bilateral training exercises and humanitarian civic action projects throughout the western Pacific as part of Spring Patrol 2008.
    US Navy photo # 080327-N-0807W-337 OKINAWA, Japan (March 27, 2008) by MC2 Joshua J. Wahl
    Fred Weiss
    Harpers Ferry 619k The visit, board, search, and seizure team assigned to USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) steams the Pacific in a rigid-hull inflatable boat to prepare for an evaluated non-compliant boarding aboard the Japanese tug Awasemaru, 25 April 2008.
    US Navy photo # 080425-N-5067K-147 OKINAWA, Japan (April 25, 2008) by MC1 Michael D. Kennedy
    Robert M Cieri
    Harpers Ferry 1421k An MH-60S Seahawk helicopter from the "Island Knights" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 (HSC-25) transfers supplies and equipment to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) during a replenishment at sea (RAS) with the Military Sealift Command replenishment oiler USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO 193), not pictured.
    US Navy photo # 080517-N-5067K-272 INDIAN OCEAN (May 17, 2008) by MC1 Michael D. Kennedy
    Robert M Cieri
    Harpers Ferry 1278k The forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49), part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group, standing by in international waters off the coast of Burma in support of Joint Task Force Caring Response a humanitarian assistance operation developed in the wake of Cyclone Nargis.
    US Navy photo # 080523-N-4010S-099 ANDAMAN SEA (May 23, 2008) by MCC Ty Swartz
    Robert M Cieri
    Harpers Ferry 1341k USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) makes a high speed turn, as she steams through the Andaman Sea. Harpers Ferry is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group, which is standing by in international waters off the coast of Burma in support of Joint Task Force Caring Response a humanitarian assistance operation developed in the wake of Cyclone Nargis.
    US Navy photo # 080523-N-4010S-122 ANDAMAN SEA (May 23, 2008) by MCC Ty Swartz.
    Robert M Cieri
    Harpers Ferry 223k USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) underway in the East China Sea, 31 January 2009, while participating in Exercise Cobra Gold 2009. Cobra Gold 09 is an annual Thailand and United States co-sponsored coalition military exercise designed to train Thai, U.S. and Singapore task force personnel.
    US Navy photo # 090131-N-6692A-004 EAST CHINA SEA (Jan. 31, 2009) by MC1 Geronimo Aquino.
    Robert Hurst
    Harpers Ferry 382k USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) transits the Gulf of Thailand supporting the Essex Expeditionary Strike Group, preparing for Cobra Gold 2009. Cobra Gold is an annual Kingdom of Thailand and U.S. co-sponsored military exercise designed to train U.S. and partner Asian-pacific forces. The exercise will include humanitarian projects with participants from Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and the United States.
    US Navy photo # 090206-N-5253W-100 GULF OF THAILAND (Feb. 6, 2009) by MC2 Gabriel S. Weber.
    Robert M Cieri
    Harpers Ferry 495k An amphibious assault vehicle assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) launches from the well-deck of USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) during Exercise Cobra Gold 2009. Harpers Ferry and the 31st MEU are taking part in Exercise Cobra Gold, an annual Thailand and U.S. co-sponsored joint coalition multinational military exercise designed to train a Thai, U.S. and Singapore Coalition Task Force. The exercise will also include humanitarian civic action projects with participating nations from Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and the US.
    US Navy photo # 090213-N-1251W-020 UTAPHAO, Thailand (Feb. 13, 2009) by MC2 Matthew R. White.
    Lee Wahler
    Harpers Ferry 988k USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) and embarked Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) are underway on patrol in the western Pacific Ocean. Harpers Ferry is part of the Essex Amphibious ready Group.
    US Navy photo # 100908-N-2218S-025 EAST CHINA SEA (Sep. 8, 2009) by MC3 Andrew Ryan Smith.
    Lee Wahler
    John Ericsson 801k USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) underway with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Ericsson (T-AO-194) to receive stores and fuel. Harpers Ferry is part of the Denver Amphibious Ready Group conducting a fall patrol in the western Pacific Ocean with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU).
    US Navy photo # 091030-N-2218S-125 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 30, 2009) by MCSN Andrew Smith.
    Lee Wahler
    Harpers Ferry 1092k USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) prepares for an underway replenishment with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199). Harpers Ferry is conducting a spring patrol as part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group.
    US Navy photo # 100129-N-5538K-023 PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 29, 2010) by MC3 Casey H. Kyhl.
    Lee Wahler
    Harpers Ferry 1446k USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49), with the assistance of Kittanning (YTB-787) prepares to moor pierside at Fleet Activities Yokosuka to begin a training availability. Harpers Ferry is permanently forward deployed to Sasebo, Japan and is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group.
    US Navy photo # 100514-N-5019M-002 YOKOSUKA, Japan (May 14, 2010) by MCSN Mike Mulcare.
    Lee Wahler
    Harpers Ferry 55k USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) underway in the Pacific Ocean while providing humanitarian assistance to Japan as directed in support of Operation Tomodachi.
    US Navy photo # 110330-N-5716H-376 PACIFIC OCEAN (March 30, 2011) by MC1 Josh Huebner.
    Lee Wahler
    Harpers Ferry 267k USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) displays her holiday lights during the 2nd annual Holiday Lights Open House at Naval Base San Diego (NBSD). NBSD opened its gates to allow both military and civilian traffic to drive along the base's waterfront to view ships decorated and lit with holiday lights.
    US Navy photo # 121214-N-BM466-007 SAN DIEGO (Dec. 14, 2012) by MC2 Kristopher Regan.
    Lee Wahler
    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.
    Harpers Ferry 190k USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) underway for amphibious squadron-marine expeditionary unit integrated training in preparation for a deployment as part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group.
    US Navy photo # 130618-N-YR391-004 PACIFIC OCEAN (June 18, 2013 by MC2 Gary Granger Jr.
    Lee Wahler
    Harpers Ferry 173k USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) prepares to anchor out at sea. Harpers Ferry is part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 131116-N-TQ272-315 ARABIAN GULF (Nov. 16, 2013) by MC3 Mark El-Rayes.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Harpers Ferry 146k Landing Craft Utility LCU-1648 participates in a stern gate marriage with USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49). Harpers Ferry is part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 131116-N-TQ272-151 ARABIAN GULF (Nov. 16, 2013) by MC3 Mark El-Rayes.
    Lee Wahler
    Harpers Ferry 864k USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) ballasts down during well deck operations. Harpers Ferry is part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 140122-N-TQ272-233 ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 22, 2014) by MC3 Mark El-Rayes.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Harpers Ferry 1301k Sailors throw a line to Landing Craft Utility LCU-1648 from USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49). Harpers Ferry is part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 140228-N-TQ272-287 ARABIAN GULF (Feb. 28, 2014) by MC3 Mark El-Rayes.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Boxer 2828k The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), composed of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD-4), amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD-18), USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) along with HMCS Vancouver (FFH-331) and HMCS Calgary (FFH-335) steam in formation. U.S. and Canadian Sailors, along with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, are participating in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) and a Task Group Exercise off the coast of Southern California Oct. 19 - Nov. 6.
    US Navy photo # 151105-N-KR961-123 PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 5, 2015) by MC2 Debra Daco.
    Ron Reeves
    Harpers Ferry 218k USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) transits the Pacific Ocean. The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) is underway off the coast of Southern California completing a certification exercise (CERTEX). CERTEX is the final evaluation of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Boxer ARG prior to deployment and is intended to certify their readiness to conduct integrated missions across the full spectrum of military operations.
    US Navy photo # 151210-N-YG354-187 PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 10, 2015) by MC1 Class Douglas Bedford.
    Wolfgang Hechler
    Harpers Ferry 116k USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) transits the Pacific Ocean. More than 4,500 Sailors and Marines from Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU) are transiting the Pacific Ocean en route to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet area of operations.
    US Navy photo # 160217-N-YR245-101 PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 17, 2016) by MCSN Craig Z. Rodarte.
    Lee Wahler
    Harpers Ferry 223k USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) conducts amphibious operations off the coast of Jordan. The crew of Harpers Ferry is part of about 3,000 U.S. military personnel representing USCENTCOM headquarters and its components who will participate in this year's bilateral exercise, Eager Lion 16, with the Jordan Armed Forces.
    US Navy photo # 60519-N-VS214-270 GULF OF AQABA (May 19, 2016) by MC3 Zachary Eshleman.
    Lee Wahler


    For more photos and information about USS Harpers Ferry, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • Command Operations Reports
  • USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-48) Historical Chronology
  • USS Harpers Ferry Official US Navy Web Site
  • Navy Fact File - Dock Landing Ship - LSD
  • Welcome Aboard Pamphlet

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    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Salsman, Charles P.7 January 1995 - 3 July 1996
    02CDR. Tangredi, Sam John3 July 1996 - 12 December 1997
    03CDR. Clark, Randy William, USN12 December 1997 - 30 July 1999
    04CDR. Kopas, Robert George30 July 1999 - 19 April 2001
    05CDR. Shunkwiler, Donald Raymond J.19 April 2001 - 16 August 2002
    06CDR. Martin, Bradley Dean16 August 2002 - 19 June 2003 - hull swap with LSD-42
    07CDR. Quintanilla II, Humberto Lasaro (Burt)19 June 2003 - 27 May 2005
    08CDR. Anthony, Marlin C.27 May 2005 - 14 November 2006
    09CDR. Bossert, David Larry, USN14 November 2006 - 23 August 2008
    10CDR. Thompson, Marvin Edward, USN23 August 2008 - 14 April 2010
    11CDR. Hull, Antonio D. (Tony), USN14 April 2010 - 21 April.2011 - hull swap with LSD-42
    12CDR. Crary III, Michael Alexander21 April 2010 - 15 May 2011
    13CDR. DeLaney, Brian Edgar, USN15 May 2011 - 1 November 2012
    14CDR. Ilteris, Stephen J., USN1 November 2012 - April 2014
    15CDR. Fletcher, Kelly T., USNApril 2014 - October 2016
    16CDR. Rigby, Jon Patrick, USNOctober 2015 - 9 March 2017
    17CDR. Royal, Tammy S., USN9 March 2017 -  

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