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USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52)

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Harpers Ferry Class Dock Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 27 January 1995, at Avondale Industries, New Orleans, LA.
  • Launched, 24 February 1996
  • Commissioned USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52), 30 May 1998, CDR. James J. Bird, in command
  • USS Pearl Harbor is assigned to COMNAVSURFPAC
    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 Capacity
    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
    two propellers, combined SHP 33,000

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    Pearl Harbor 53k Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) launching, 24 February 1996 at Avondale Industries, New Orleans
    US Navy photo
     
    Pearl Harbor 52k Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) nearing completion at Avondale Industries, New Orleans  
    Pearl Harbor 79k USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) entering Pearl Harbor Naval Station. USS Missouri (BB-63) and USS Arizona (BB-39) Memorial ahead and to port of USS Pearl Harbor.
    US Navy photo
     
    Bonhomme Richard 4166k Amphibious Task Force-West (ATF-West), comprised of;
    USS Bon Homme Richard (LHD-6),
    USS Boxer (LHD-4),
    USS Dubuque (LPD-8),
    USS Comstock (LSD-45),
    USS Anchorage (LSD-36),
    USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52), and
    USS Cleveland (LPD-7),
    steam in formation with Military Sealift Command (MSC) oiler USNS Guadalupe (T-AO-200). ATF-West deployed from San Diego January 17, transporting Marines and their gear to Kuwait for further deployment into Iraq.US Navy photo # 030524-N-1352S-006 Arabian Gulf (May 24, 2003) by PH2 Jennifer Swader.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Pearl Harbor 59k USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) pulls into San Diego Harbor on her way to her berth at Naval Station San Diego with her Sailors "manning the rails.", 26 July 2003. USS Pearl Harbor is part of the seven-ship Amphibious Task Force West (ATF-W), returning home after supporting U.S. and coalition forces during Operation Iraqi Freedom
    US Navy photo # 030726-N-0226M-009 by PHCS Mahlon K. Miller.
    Bill Gonyo
    Pearl Harbor 74k USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) departs her homeport of San Diego, CA., for routine work-up training, 9 February 2004.
    US Navy photo # 040209-N-8158F-001 by PHAN Roland Franklin.
     
    Pearl Harbor 131k USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) underway off Oahu, Hawaii as she prepares to enter Pearl Harbor, HI. for a brief port visit, 22 July 2005. USS Pearl Harbor is currently on deployment as part of Expeditionary Strike Group One (ESG-1) in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
    US Navy photo # 050722-N-3019M-005 by JO3 Ryan C. McGinley.
     
    Pearl Harbor 85k USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) arrives for her first Mediterranean port visit at Souda Bay, Crete, 16 September 2005. USS Pearl Harbor is assigned to Expeditionary Strike Group One (ESG-1).
    US Navy photo # 050916-N-0780F-001 by Mr. Paul Farley.
    Chet Morris
    Pearl Harbor 315k USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) moored pierside at Naval Station San Diego, CA., July 2006. Photo by Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Pearl Harbor 317k USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) moored at Broadway Pier, San Diego, CA., during Fleet Week, October 2006. Photos by Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Pearl Harbor 389k
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    Pearl Harbor 1252k Friends and family members watch as USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) returns home to San Diego following a deployment to Central and South America in support of Partnership of the Americas 2007
    US Navy photo # 070926-N-8421M-005 SAN DIEGO (Sept. 26, 2007) by MC1 David C. Mercil.
    Navy Newsstand
    Pearl Harbor 1906k USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) moored at Naval Station San Diego, CA., January 2008. Photo by Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Pearl Harbor 568k USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) steams through the South China Sea, 30 May 2008, on the 10th anniversary of her commissioning. Pearl Harbor is part of the Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group and is on a scheduled deployment.
    US Navy photo # 080530-N-2179W-153 SOUTH CHINA SEA (May 30, 2008) by MC2 Scott Webb.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Pearl Harbor 2186k USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52), right, and the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO-187) conduct an underway replenishment. Pearl Harbor is underway off the coast of Southern California with the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group.
    US Navy photo # 100303-N-5969B-163 PACIFIC OCEAN (March 3, 2010) by MC3 Foster Bamford.
    Lee Wahler
    Pearl Harbor 1721k USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) underway off the coast of Southern California conducting composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) in preparation for their upcoming 2010 deployment.
    US Navy photo # 100326-N-5969B-106 PACIFIC OCEAN (March 26, 2010) by MC3 Foster Bamford.
    Lee Wahler
    Pearl Harbor 2000k Two CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters from the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA-5) fly over USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) off the coast of Southern California. Both ships are conducting composite training unit exercise.
    US Navy photo # 100330-N-7948R-199 PACIFIC OCEAN (March 28, 2010) by MC2 Michael Russell.
    Lee Wahler
    Pearl Harbor 1874k USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) off the coast of Dili, Timor Leste. Sailors from the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group and embarked Marines from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU) are participating in Exercise Crocodillo, a series of civil programs and training exercises with the Timor Leste and Australian militaries.
    US Navy photo # 100623-N-7948R-563 DILI, Timor Leste (June 23, 2010) by MC2 Michael Russell.
    Lee Wahler
    Rushmore 404k The amphibious dock landing ships USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) and USS Rushmore (LSD-47) share a pier with the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD-18) at Naval Base San Diego.
    US Navy photo # 110831-N-ZC343-617 SAN DIEGO (Aug. 31, 2011) by MCC Joe Kane.
    Lee Wahler
    Pearl Harbor 1385k USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) front, the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD-8) and the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD-18) underway off the coast of Southern California. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group is underway for a certification exercise preparing for an upcoming deployment.
    US Navy photo # 111010-N-KD852-492 PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 11, 2011) by MCC John Lill.
    Lee Wahler
    Alan Shepard 1067k A helicopter from USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE-3) delivers supplies to USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) during a vertical replenishment. Pearl Harbor is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility as part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group.
    US Navy photo # 111210-N-PB383-953 PHILIPPINE SEA (Dec. 10, 2011) by MC2 Dominique Pineiro.
    Lee Wahler
    Pearl Harbor 748k USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) at anchor in the Arabian Gulf. Pearl Harbor and embarked Marines assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU) are deployed as part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 120209-N-KS651-045 ARABIAN GULF (Feb. 9, 2012) by MC2 Jason Behnke.
    Lee Wahler
    Pearl Harbor 191k A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) sits in the well deck of USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) during offload operations. Pearl Harbor and embarked Marines assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU) are deployed as part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 120209-N-KS651-332 ARABIAN GULF (Feb. 9, 2012) by MC2 Jason Behnke.
    Wolfgang Hechler
    New Orleans 905k The amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD-18), front, the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD-8) and USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) transit the Indian Ocean. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.
    US Navy photo # 120508-N-KD852-093 INDIAN OCEAN (May 8, 2012) by MCC John Lill.
    Lee Wahler
    Pearl Harbor 180k USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to participate in Pacific Partnership 2013. Pacific Partnership is an annual Pacific Fleet humanitarian and civic assistance mission between US military, host and partner nations, non-governmental organizations and international agencies designed to build stronger relationships and disaster response capabilities in the Asia-Pacific region.
    US Navy photo # 130525-N-IU636-341 PEARL HARBOR (May 25, 2013) by MCSN Johans Chavarro.
    Lee Wahler
    Pearl Harbor
    130627-N-HA376-161
    238k USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) underway off the coast of New Caledonia during Pacific Partnership 2013. Working at the invitation of each host nation, Pacific Partnership is joined by partner nations Australia, Canada, Colombia, France, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and New Zealand to strengthen disaster response preparedness around the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
    US Navy photo #'s 130627-N-HA376-161 PACIFIC OCEAN (June 27, 2013) and 130627-N-HA376-263 PACIFIC OCEAN (June 27, 2013) by MC1 Lowell Whitman.
    Lee Wahler
    Pearl Harbor
    130627-N-HA376-263
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    Pearl Harbor 323k A Landing Craft Utility (LCU), carrying a reverse osmosis water system, enters the well deck of USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) during Pacific Partnership 2013. Pearl Harbor will deliver the reverse osmosis water system to Ebeye, an atoll of the Marshall Islands, to assist in water filtration.
    US Navy photo # 130706-N-SP369-053 MAJURO, Marshall Islands (July 6, 2013) by MC3 Samantha J. Webb.
    Lee Wahler
    Pearl Harbor 186k Tugboats guide USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) in Pearl Harbor after the ship had completed Pacific Partnership 2013, where the US Navy, working at the invitation of each host nation, is joined by non-governmental organizations and regional partners that include Australia, Canada, Colombia, France, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and New Zealand to improve maritime security, conduct humanitarian assistance and strengthen disaster-response preparedness.
    US Navy photo # 130816-N-WD500-011 PEARL HARBOR (Aug. 16, 2013) by MCC Chris Fowler.
    Lee Wahler
    Pearl Harbor 392k USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) conducting helicopter operations at sunset off San Diego, 21 October 2013. Photos by John Gerty
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    There is no DANFS history available for USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) at NavSource
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Bird, James Joseph30 May 1998 - 22 October 1999
    02CDR. Rutherford, Gordon Bennett22 October 1999 - 25 May 2001
    03CDR. Kennedy, Ronald Walter25 May 2001 - 13 December 2002
    04CDR. Fuller, Dale Gregory13 December 2002 - 9 July 2004
    05CDR. Harnden Jr., Jonathan Lance9 July 2004 - 18 May 2006
    06CDR. Cooper, Victor V.18 May 2006 - 20 November2007
    07CDR. Valverde, Xavier F. (X)20 November 2007 - 27 July 2008
    08CAPT. Slotzky, Michael Jay27 July 2008 - 12 August 2008
    09CDR. Guluzian, David Kevork (91)12 August 2008 - 31 July 2010
    10CDR. Denius III, Homer Rainey31 July 2010 - 6 July 2012
    11CAPT. Harris, Michael J.6 July 2012 - 21 January 2014
    12CAPT. Sanders, Karrey DeWayne21 January 2014 -  
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52)
    Navy Fact File - Dock Landing Ship - LSD

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