USS Essex (LHD 2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USS Essex (LHD 2)

USS Essex Fires Sea Sparrow Missile

History

    United States
Name: USS Essex
Namesake: Essex County, Massachusetts
Ordered: 10 September 1986
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding
Laid down: 20 March 1989
Launched: 23 February 1991
Commissioned: 17 October 1992
Homeport: Naval Base San Diego
Motto: Take Notice
Nickname(s): “The Iron Gator”
Status: in active service
Badge: USS Essex LHD-2 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class and type: Wasp-class amphibious assault ship
Displacement: 40,650 tons (full combat load)
Length: 844 ft (257 m)
Beam: 106 ft (32 m)
Draft: 28 ft (8.5 m) (full load)
Propulsion: Geared steam turbines
Speed: exceeds 24 knots (44 km/h; 28 mph)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
3 LCACs or 2 LCUs
Troops: 1,800
Complement: 73 officers, 1109 enlisted
Armament:
Aircraft carried: up to 36, including: UH-1Y Venom, AH-1Z Viper, CH-53 Super Stallion, MV-22 Osprey, MH-60 Seahawk, AV-8B Harrier

USS Essex (LHD 2)

is a United States Navy Wasp-class amphibious assault ship built at what is now Huntington Ingalls Industries in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and commissioned on 17 October 1992 while moored at North Island NAS beside USS Kitty Hawk. It is the fifth ship named for Essex County, Massachusetts. Dick Cheney, then the Secretary of Defense in the first Bush Administration, spoke at the commissioning ceremony. Essex served as the command ship for Expeditionary Strike Group Seven until replaced by USS Bonhomme Richard on 23 April 2012.Essex collided with USNS Yukon in May 2012.

USS Essex (LHD-2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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