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USS Oak Hill (LSD-51)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Romeo - Delta - Echo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Chief of Naval Operations Letter of Commendation
Precedence of awards is from left to right, top to bottom
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation
Bottom Row - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (1) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1)

Harpers Ferry Class Dock Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 21 September 1992, at Avondale Industries New Orleans, LA.
  • Launched 11 June 1994
  • Commissioned USS Oak Hill (LSD-51), 8 June 1996
  • USS Oak Hill is assigned to COMSURFLANT and is homeported at NAB Little Creek, VA.
    Displacement 11,604 t.(lt), 16,601 t.(fl)
    Length 609' 7"
    Beam 84'
    Draft 20' 4" (max)
    Speed 20+kts.
    22 Officers
    327 Enlisted
    Troop Capacity
    27 Officers
    473 Enlisted
    Aircraft, helicopters (Flight Deck, 2 spots)
    Boats (Well Deck Capacity) two LCAC's
    two (mk15 mod1) Phalanx (CIWS) 20mm Vulcan cannon gun mounts
    two (mk16) 25mm Bushmaster chain gun mounts
    six .50 cal machine guns
    two Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) launchers
    six Super Rapid Blooming Outboard Chaff launchers
    four Colt-Pielstick 16 cylinder Diesel engines
    two propellers, combined SHP 33,000

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    Oak Hill 232k Informal portrait of the principal members of the christening party of the dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD-51). (Top row, L-R); CDR. Mike Durnan, prospective CO of LSD-51. Ed Mortimer, Vice Pres. Avondale Industries; CDR. J. Larry Perry; Bernard P. Clark; Jacob Perin; J.D. Lokey; Eugene E. Shoults; General Walter E. Boomer, USMC; and Albert L. Bossier, Jr., CEO Avondale Industries. (Bottom row L-R); Victoria Perin, Mrs. Jeffrey Perin; Miss Helen Boomer, Maid of Honor; Miss Falyn Amada Dempster, Flower Girl; Mrs. Sandra Boomer, Sponsor; Mrs. J.D. Lokey, Matron of Honor and Mrs. Diana Perry, 06/11/1994 Image from the National Archives Bill Gonyo
    Oak Hill 46k USS Oak Hill (LSD-51} underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Oak Hill 41k USS Oak Hill (LSD-51} underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Oak Hill 66k USS Oak Hill (LSD-51} underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    USS Oak Hill web site
    Oak Hill 93k USS Oak Hill (LSD-51} en route to the waters off Long Island to assist in the search and recovery of victims and wreckage from TWA Flight 800, 23 July 1996. Oak Hill served as an afloat command post and at-sea base of operations for the Navy support effort. Oak Hill joined USS Grasp (ARS-51) and Navy diving, salvage and explosive ordnance disposal units on site.
    US Navy photo # 960723-N-00000-001.
    DOD Archive
    Typhoon 311k USS Oak Hill (LST-51) moored in the background at NAB Little Creek, VA., 30 April 2004. as sailors man the rails aboard the Cyclone-class, coastal patrol craft USS Typhoon (PC-5) as she departs NAB Little Creek for an 18 month deployment with the USS Sirocco (PC 6).
    US Navy photo # 040430-N-1464F-019 by JOC Dave Fliesen.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Oak Hill 242k A tug helps turn USS Oak Hill (LST-51) around in the bay at Castries, St. Lucia, before mooring pierside. Oak Hill is participating in Southern Partnership Station '09, a combined naval and amphibious operation with Oak Hill and maritime forces from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, and Uruguay. Oak Hill will also support U.S Marine Corps Forces South multinational Amphibious exercise Southern Exchange 2009.
    US Navy photo # 090609-N-0924R-075 CASTRIES, St. Lucia (June 8, 2009) by MC3 Cory Rose.
    Lee Wahler
    Oak Hill 1664k A tug helps turn USS Oak Hill (LST-51) returns home after nearly three months of operations in South America supporting Southern Partnership Station (SPS) 2009.
    US Navy photo # 090821-N-3542S-277 NORFOLK (Aug. 21, 2009) by MC2 Nikki Smith.
    Lee Wahler
    Oak Hill 217k A Riverine command boat from Riverine Squadron (RIVRON-2) departs the well deck of USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) after the completion of a Riverine well deck certification. The Riverine Force is a combat-arms force that performs point defense, fire support and interdiction operations along inland waterways to defeat enemies and support coalition forces.
    US Navy photo # 110531-N-MR305-330 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (May 31, 2011) by MC2 Michael R. Hinchcliffe.
    Lee Wahler
    Oak Hill 242k USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) assisted by tugs Dakanawida (YTB-831) and Wanamassa (YTB-820) arrives at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to conduct agricultural counter-measure wash downs of all embarked equipment. Guantanamo Bay is Oak Hill's final port visit before returning to the U.S. after supporting Amphibious Southern Partnership Station 2011 in the Caribbean. Oak Hill supported Southern Partnership Station 2012, an annual deployment of U.S naval assets in the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility. LCU 1659 is moving vehicles for wash down.
    US Navy photo # 111213-N-IQ128-049 GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (Dec. 13, 2011) by R. Vargas.
    Lee Wahler
    Oak Hill 178k Marine line-handlers wait on the pier while USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) arrives carrying more than 150 Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS-274). The Marines will return home to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., on 21 December 2011, following a three-month deployment with the Amphibious-Southern Partnership Station (A-SPS) 2011 to Honduras, Columbia and Guatemala. A-SPS is an annual deployment of U.S. ships to the U.S. Southern Command's area of responsibility in the Caribbean and Latin America. The exercise involves information sharing with navies, coast guards and civilian services throughout the region.
    US Marine Corps photo # 111219-M-FI266-002 Morehead City, NC (Dec. 19, 2011) by Lance Cpl. Glen Santy.
    Robert M. Cieri
    APL-58 625k USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) moored across from APL-58 at General Dynamics NASSCO-Norfolk Shipyard (formerly Metro Machine), Norfolk VA, 17 June 2012. Stephen Pettway SK1 (SW) USN (Ret.)
    Oak Hill 196k USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) prepares to moor in New York Harbor during the Parade of Ships at Fleet Week New York. Fleet Week New York, now in its 26th year, is the city's time-honored celebration of the sea services. The week-long celebration is an opportunity for the citizens of New York and the surrounding Tri-State area to meet Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness firsthand the latest capabilities of today's maritime services
    US Navy photo # 140521-N-WI365-061 NEW YORK (May 21, 2014) by MC3 Markus Castaneda.
    Lee Wahler
    Oak Hill 168k A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) departs USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) during Bold Alligator 2014. Bold Alligator is intended to improve Navy and Marine Corps amphibious core competencies while working with coalition, NATO, allied and partner nations The exercise takes place 29 October through 10 November 2014, afloat and ashore along the Eastern Seaboard.
    US Navy photo # 141031-N-YR571-370 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 31, 2014) by MC2 Kevin Johnson.
    Ron Reeves
    Oak Hill 336k USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) under way with the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU) participating in ARG/MEUEX, a scenario-based amphibious integration exercise, in preparation for a future deployment.
    US Navy photo # 150628-N-XD363-534 ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 28, 2015) by MC3 Michael Gendron.
    Lee Wahler
    Carl Brasher 254k The amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) and USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) pull alongside the Dry Cargo/Ammunition Ship USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE-7) during a replenishment-at-sea (RAS). Kearsarge is the flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and, with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.
    US Navy photo # 151111-N-AX638-036 RED SEA (Nov. 11, 2015), by MCSN Tyler Preston.
    Ron Reeves
    Oak Hill 1146k USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) transits the Southern Arabian Gulf. Oak Hill is part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.
    US Navy photo # 151202-N-JO245-123 SOUTHERN ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 2, 2015) by MC3 Justin Yarborough/.
    Lee Wahler

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Durnan, Michael Allister8 June 1996 - 12 January 1998
    02CDR. Joachim, Steven Charles12 January 1998 - 4 August 1999
    03CDR. Bess, Jonathan C.4 August 1999 - 20 April 2001
    04CDR. Zalamea, Ulysses Oca 20 April 2001 - 7 December 2002
    05CDR. Bryant Jr., John Linwood7 December 2002 - 1 October 2004
    06CDR. Gilbert, Curtis James1 October 2004 - 26 March 2006
    07CDR. Stapf, Ray Anton26 March 2006 - 2 September 2007
    08CDR. Agle, Heidi Christine2 September 2007 - March 2009
    09CDR. Blackburn, Daniel10 March 2009 - September 2010
    10CDR. Bauer, David E.September 2010- 2012
    11CDR. Lane, Kevin Alan2012 - 6 September 2013
    12CDR. Carmichael, Bryan K.6 September 2013 - 6 March 2015
    13CDR. Bowman, Orlando S.6 March 2015 -  
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves. Photos courtesy Bill Gonyo

    For more photos and information about USS Oak Hill, see;
  • Dictionary of Americaaval Fighting Ships
  • USS Oak Hill (LSD-51)
  • Navy Fact File - Dock Landing Ship - LSD
  • USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) Historical Chronology

  • There is no DANFS history available for USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) available at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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