Amphibious Assault Ship

LHA 3  -  USS Belleau Wood

 

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood patch crest insignia

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood Tarawa class amphibious assault ship

Type, Class:

 

Amphibious Assault Ship (General Purpose) - LHA; Tarawa - class

planned and built as LHA 3

Builder:

 

Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi, USA

STATUS:

 

Awarded: November 15, 1969

Laid down: March 5, 1973

Launched: April 11, 1977

Commissioned: September 23, 1978

Decommissioned: October 28, 2005

Fate: sunk as a target on July 13, 2006 (Pacific) during exercise RIMPAC 2006

Homeport:

 

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Namesake:

 

Named after and in honor of the Battle of Belleau Wood, France - June 1918

> see history, below;

Ship's Motto:

 

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Technical Data:

(Measures, Propulsion,

Armament, Aviation, etc.)

 

see: INFO > Tarawa class Amphibious Assault Ship - LHA

 

ship images

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood sinkex exercise RIMPAC 2006

ex USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) was towed to open waters for upcoming sinking exercise (SINKEX) as part of Exercise RIMPAC 2006 - July 2006

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood sinkex RIMPAC 2006

ex USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) was towed to open waters for upcoming sinking exercise (SINKEX) as part of Exercise RIMPAC 2006 - July 2006

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood sinkex rimpac 2006

ex USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) was towed to open waters for upcoming sinking exercise (SINKEX) as part of Exercise RIMPAC 2006 - July 2006

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood decommissioning October 2005

decommissioning ceremony - San Diego, California - October 2005

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood Tarawa class amphibious assault ship

San Diego, California - July 2005

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood San Diego

San Diego, California - July 2005

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood

San Diego, California - October 2004

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood Bahrain 2004

Bahrain - July 2004

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood North Arabian Gulf 2004

North Arabian Gulf - July 2004

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood Arabian Gulf

North Arabian Gulf - July 2004

 

USS Belleau Wood LHA-3 Arabian Gulf 2004

Arabian Gulf - July 2004

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood San Diego 2004

San Diego, California - May 2004

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood

San Diego, California - May 2004

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood CH-46 Sea Knight USMC

San Diego, California - May 2004

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood

San Diego, California - May 2004

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood

San Diego, California - May 2004

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood Tarawa class amphibious assault ship propeller

March 2002

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood 9-11 let's roll

underway - September 2002

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood AV-8B Harrier II

underway - May 2002

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood Apra Harbor Guam 2000

Apra Harbor, Guam - September 2000

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood Sasebo Japan 2000

Sasebo, Japan - August 2000

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood Okinawa Japan

Okinawa, Japan - March 1999

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood Valiant Usher 98-1 Australia 1998

Exercise VALIANT USHER 98-1 - Off Australia - March 1998

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood off South Korea 1993

Off South Korea - March 1993

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood off South Korea

Off South Korea - March 1993

 

USS Belleau Wood LHA-3 Subic Bay Philippines 1993

Subic Bay, Philippines - January 1993

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood Kauai Hawaii 1992

Off Kauai, Hawaii - September 1992

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood off Kauai Hawaii 1992

Off Kauai, Hawaii - September 1992

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood Pearl Harbor Hawaii 1992

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - September 1992

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood San Diego 1992

San Diego, California - June 1992

 

USS Belleau Wood LHA-3 San Diego

San Diego, California - October 1991

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood USS Reasoner FF-1063 RIMPAC 1990

Exercise RIMPAC 90 - May 1990

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood 1989

September 1989

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood January 1989

January 1989

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood LCU-1651 well deck

LCU-1651 enters the well deck of LHA-3 - January 1989

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood flight deck CH-46 Sea Knights

Off the coast of San Diego, California - January 1989

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood AH-1 Cobra helicopters

Off the coast of San Diego, California - January 1989

 

LHA-3 Belleau Wood fires RIM-7 Sea Sparrow from Mk-25 launcher

USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) fires a RIM-7 Sea Sparrow missile

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood CH-46 Sea Knight

A CH-46 Sea Knight lands on the flight deck of USS Belleau Wood - June 1987

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood

June 1987

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood 1987

June 1987

 

USS Belleau Wood LHA-3 CH-46 Sea Knight

June 1987

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood

underway - June 1987

 

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood Subic Bay Philippines 1987

Subic Bay, Philippines - February 1987

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood San Diego 1984

San Diego, California - December 1984

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood exercise Team Spirit 1984

Exercise TEAM SPIRIT 84 - March 1984

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood off California 1982

Off California - June 1982

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood AV-8A Harrier on flight deck

May 1982

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood helicopters CH-46 CH-53 UH-1 AH-1

April 1982

 

 

Belleau Wood near Chateau-Thierry, France (49°05'04" N / 3°17'37" E)

Belleau Wood Chateau Thierry France map

 

Namesake & History:

The Battle of Belleau Wood, France (June 1 – June 26, 1918):

 

Belleau Wood, near Chateau Thierry, France, was the scene of a battle between the 4th Marine Brigade and elements of three German divisions in June 1918. This was part of the larger Battle of the Aisne, launched on 27th May by Germany in the hopes of defeating French forces near Paris before significant American forces could arrive at the front. The German Southern Army Group broke through the British and French divisions defending Chemin des Dames ridge on the first day of the attack, forcing the defenders across the Aisne and Vesle Rivers. German forces continued their advance, reaching the Marne River on 1 June before the offensive slowed.

Meanwhile, the American Army's 2d Division, with the 4th Marine Brigade attached, was ordered from its training areas north of Paris to a position northwest of Chateau Thierry. Attached to the French XXI Corps, the American troops took up positions astride the Paris-Metz highway on 1st June. The following day, a limited German attack rolled back the French outposts and occupied the towns of Tourcy and Bouresches, including the woods called Bois de Belleau between them, in front of the marine positions. As the French fell back through the marines, an officer advised Marine Corps Capt. Lloyd Williams to withdraw his men. Williams replied: "Retreat, hell! We just got here."

On 3rd June, the German infantry advanced toward the 4th Brigade but were driven back by heavy artillery and long-range rifle fire. By the 5th, when it became clear that the Germans had shifted to the tactical defensive, the French corps commander ordered the 4th Brigade to attack Bois de Belleau. The month-long action remembered as the Battle of Belleau Wood began on 6th June with a battalion-level attack on a hill near Torcy. Although the assault companies suffered devastating enfilade fire, Hill 142 was taken after bloody hand-to-hand combat.

The following day, three battalions attacked the woods and Boureches from the southwest. Short on artillery support and hobbled by poor maneuver tactics, the marines again suffered heavy losses as they tried to clear the woods of machinegun nests. By evening, they held the edge of Belleau Wood and had cleared Boureches after desperate street fighting. Reinforced and resupplied, they held the town all night against repeated counterattacks. The day's fighting had cost the marines over 1,000 casualties, more than the Corps had lost in its entire history.

The 4th Brigade continued assaults into Belleau Wood for the next twelve days, fighting an attrition-style battle of platoons and squads in the confined wooded terrain. The advance slowed to a crawl as units were decimated in close combat and the entire brigade was forced to pull out of the fighting to regroup on 18 June. Returning to Belleau Wood on 25 June, the marines launched the final two-battalion assault that drove the last German battalion from its trenches. Early in the morning on the 26th, the tired marines reported "Belleau Wood now U.S. Marine Corps entirely."

Although the operation had cost the 4th Marine Brigade 4,719 casualties, and over 1,000 killed, the marines had proved their courage to both the French and the AEF. Heartened by the American performance, the French awarded the division's infantry brigades, including 4th Marine Brigade, unit citations for "gallant action" and officially renamed the wood Bois de la Brigade Marine.

 

The second ship to be assigned the name Belleau Wood. The first ship named Belleau Wood was designated CVL-24, commissioned 31 March 1943 and decommissioned on 13 January 1947.

 

US Marines in the Battle of Belleau Wood France 1918

US Marines in the Battle of Belleau Wood 1918 (Georges Scott painting)

 

 

USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3):

 

Chronology and Significant Events:


23 Sep 1978: Commissioned at Pascagoula, Miss., as a General Purpose Amphibious Assault Ship (LHA), designed to embark, transport, and land elements of the landing force, with supplies and equipment, by means of helicopters, landing craft, and amphibian vehicles.

27 Sep 1978: A USMC CH-46 made the first helicopter landing on board.

28 Sep - 28 Oct 1978: In transit, via the Panama Canal, to her new home port.

Dec 1978: Conducted AV-8 Harrier compatability evaluations to determine how Harriers could most effectively be operated from an LHA.

8 Jul 1979 - 9 May 1980: Underwent a Post Shakedown Availability at Long Beach Naval Shipyard.

Mar 1981: Belleau Wood and her embarked Marine elements participated in Team Spirit 81, a joint amphibious exercise involving over 53 U.S. and Republic of Korea (ROKN) ships and over 170,00 men.

Apr 1981: Involved in two rescues of Vietnamese “boat people” whose craft were in distress. The two rescues involved more than 135 refugees. The ship received the Humanitarian Service Medal for these efforts.

Jun 1981: Spearheaded the Valiant Usher 81-4, a joint U.S.-Australian amphibious assault designed to improve combat readiness and promote cooperation between military elements of the participating nations.

Nov - Dec 1982: Participated in Valiant Usher 83-3 and Jade Tiger 83, the latter a combined military exercise that encompassed a full range of military training including amphibious operations.

22 Apr - 5 Oct 1983: Conducted Selected Restricted Availability period at Long Beach Naval Shipyard. The primary reason for the yard period was the installation of a prototype Collective Protection System, designed to provide a toxic-free environment in the ship’s island structure following chemical, biological, or radiological attack.

Jan - Jul 1984: During her deployment to the Western Pacific she participated in seven exercises including Kernel Blitz 84-1, LANDEX at Zambales, Team Spirit, Valiant Usher 84-7 and various phases of Battle Week 84-3.

13 Mar 1985 - 28 Jan 1986: Entered Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for a complex overhaul; in drydock from 13 March to 4 September.

22 - 30 Jan 1987: Participated in Kernel Potlatch 87-1, an integrated amphibious and carrier battle group exercise, the first winter amphibious exercise in the Aleutian Island chain since World War II. The operation also experienced a real world scenario when Belleau Wood air controllers directed the first AV-8B Harrier intercept of a Soviet Bear and Badger aircraft. During the exercise high seas, 18-24 foot waves, damaged the ship’s bow.

Jan - Jul 1987: During Belleau Wood’s Western Pacific deployment she participated in numerous exercises, including Kernel Potlatch 87-1, Valiant Usher 87-1, Team Spirit 87, and Pitch Black. Belleau Wood claimed numerous achievements and firsts during the deployment. Besides the items listed in the chronology entry for 22-30 Jan 1987 (above) they include: first to deploy with both AV-8B Harrier IIs and CH-53E helos, first LHA to accept an LCAC into her well deck, first LHA to deploy with 29 aircraft (the largest deck multiple ever for an LHA), and the first LHA to test the concept of Emergency Defense of the Amphibious Task Force by combining USMC Stinger Teams, AV-8B Harrier IIs and AH-1 Cobra helicopters.

8 Jan - 7 Jun 1988: Entered Long Beach Naval Shipyard for a Selected Restricted Availability period.

Jan - Jun 1989: While deployed to the Western Pacific she participated in Valiant Usher 89-4 and 89-8, Team Spirit 89, and Valiant Mark. Of special note during this deployment was the outstanding performance of the ship’s hospital, that handled three major medical emergencies in which numerous military personnel were brought on board for treatment following mishaps during various exercises.

17 Mar 1989: While deployed to the Western Pacific, a CH-46 from the embarked HMM-161 crashed ashore, killing all four crewmen.

4 Oct 1989: The ship hosted the Soviet Minister of Defense and the Soviet Ambassador to the U.S., along with the Vice Chairman of the JCS and other U.S. military dignitaries. The visitors were given a tour of the ship, an AV-8B Harrier II demonstration, and lunch.

12 - 22 Oct 1989: While operating in northern California waters she participated in the Pacific Command Joint Anti-Drug Task Force and was under the operational control of Coast Guard District 13 in Seattle. A five-man USCG Law Enforcement Detachment was embarked during this operation.

May 1990: While participating in exercise RIMPAC 90 Belleau Wood’s embarked elements included the U.S. Army’s 1/27 Infantry Battalion as well as elements of the Ninth Marines.

13 Nov 1990 - 11 Oct 1991: Entered Long Beach Naval Shipyard for a Complex Overhaul. On 6 December she entered dry dock and remained there until 30 April 1991. The overhaul involved improvements to the ship’s weapon systems, engineering plant, and habitability spaces, as well as upgrades to several electronic systems to increase the ship’s combat capabilities, one of which was the installation of a “flag-configured” communications suite.

Sep 1992: Provided disaster relief to the island of Kauai following Hurricane Iniki.

Nov 1992: While deployed to the Philippine operating area the ship assumed all administrative and operational responsibilities of NAS Cubi Point in support of its final closure.

6 Oct 1993 - 28 Jan 1994: Underwent a Selected Restricted Availability yard period, receiving improvements to communications equipment, rehabilitation of all USMC and crew berthing spaces, and the installation of the Rolling Airframe Missile System.

29 May 1994: Lieutenant Mary Sobray, the first woman assigned to Belleau Wood’s crew, arrived, reporting for duty as the ship’s intelligence officer.

26 Nov - 23 Dec 1994: During her operations in the waters off Singapore and exercise Tandem Thrust, she was alerted to possible duty off the coast of Somalia due to tensions in that country. The ship remained in Singapore for four days before receiving word that she could return to her home port in Sasebo. However, once she returned to Sasebo she remained on a 96-hour tether for possible duty in Somalia for the remainder of the month.

8 Feb 1995: Arrived off the coast of Mogadishu, Somalia, and participated in Operation United Shield, the landing of Marines ashore in Mogadishu for the evacuation of U.N. forces from the country. The withdrawal marked the end of two years of U.N. support for Somalia.

1 - 3 Mar 1995: Participated in the evacuation of U.N. forces and non-combatants from Mogadishu. She transported over 150 non-combatants to Mombasa, Kenya, on 4 March.

5 Aug - 14 Nov 1995: Began Selected Restricted Availability at Sasebo. On 14 November the ship’s SRA came to an end and two days later she was underway for sea trials.

12 - 17 Aug 1996: Anchored at Vladivostok, Russia, for a historic port visit. The visit, Cooperation from the Sea ’96, involved a wreath-laying ceremony to honor American and Russian Navy veterans, sporting events, combined amphibious maneuvers with Russian counterparts, a tree-planting ceremony, and finally Russian helicopters performed numerous take-offs and deck landings on the ship.

31 Aug 1996 - 8 Apr 1997: Yard period; on 3 December entered a floating dry dock for Extended Drydock Selective Restricted Availability. On 4 March 1997, undocked from the Sagami Floating Drydock, and during the following two days, her 5-inch gun mounts were removed. Conducted sea trials during 6 to 8 April.

5 Aug-7 Oct 1998: In port Sasebo for Ship Repair Availability.

20 Oct 1998 - 18 Mar 1999: During a routine deployment for an annual exercise in Korean waters, Foal Eagle, Belleau Wood was heading south for a port visit to Hong Kong when she was ordered to return to Okinawa and off-load MAGTF 4 and load the 31st MEU Marines and then transit to the Persian Gulf. Belleau Wood’s new orders were to provide support for Operations Desert Thunder and Southern Watch—the monitoring of the U.N. imposed no-fly zone over southern Iraq.

16 Dec 1998: Participation in Operation Desert Fox began. The ship acted as the staging platform for Combat Search and Rescue Operations in case an American or Coalition plane was shot down during the four-day operation intended to neutralize Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction programs. She also provided support for Marines ashore in Kuwait.

14 Sep - 8 Nov 1999: Operated off Indonesia in response to a crisis in East Timor, providing heavy-lift logistical support for the Australian-led U.N. Peace Keeping mission. By 1 October HMM-265, the ship’s assigned helicopter squadron, provided support for the International Forces on East Timor as part of Operation Stabilise. On 7 October, she relieved Mobile Bay (CG 53) and assumed responsibility of U.S. naval support for the operations in East Timor. The ship and her assigned units also provided humanitarian support for the International Peacekeeping forces in East Timor by ferrying cargo and people ashore.

15 Apr - 30 Jun 2000: Commenced Restricted Availability period in Sasebo.

1 Jul 2000: Began “hull swap” with Essex (LHD 2), the largest hull swap and exchange of command in the U.S. Navy wherein Essex replaced Belleau Wood as the forward deployed Amphibious Assault ship. Belleau Wood’s crew, however, remained in Japan and transferred to Essex. The Essex crew transferred to Belleau Wood and sailed her back to San Diego, Calif., her new home port.

11 Aug - 13 Oct 2000: Belleau Wood departed Sasebo, Japan, in route to her new home port of San Diego via operations in Korean waters, maintenance availability in Guam, stops at Saipan and Pearl Harbor.

17 Jan - 16 Jun 2001: Belleau Wood conducted a five-month dry dock planned maintenance availability, during which time the ship had a fifth air conditioning system installed, upgraded collection holding and transfer systems, and revamped combat system and intelligence suites.

15 Jun - 15 Dec 2002: Deployed to the Indian Ocean in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. While deployed, she participated in exercises Infinite Moonlight in Jordan and Eager Mace in Kuwait. She also provided humanitarian assistance off the east coast of Djibouti in October and off East Timor in November.

22 Jan - 8 Oct 2003: Complex Overhaul, National Steel and Shipbuilding Company. She lay in dry dock from 11 March to 10 July.

27 May - 24 Oct 2004: Deployed with an Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) to the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean in support of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). Her deployment occurred a few weeks earlier than planned and demonstrated the flexibility of naval assets and the Fleet Response Plan (FRP), a plan whereby naval forces have been trained to immediately respond to a crisis or contingency with the required combat power and on short notice. The ESG was commanded by a Marine Corps General - the first time a Marine had been in command of an ESG and USN warships.

5 Jul 2004: Aviation elements in Belleau Wood conducted their first missions in support of the GWOT when they flew close-air support into Iraq. The missions were in support of the coalition forces who were continuing to perform security and stability operations in Iraq. The two AV-8B Harrier IIs flying the mission were from VMA-214 Det B, part of HMM-166 (Reinforced).

 

The ship was decommissioned on 28 October 2005. She was sunk off the coast of Hawaii as part of RIMPAC '06 exercises on 13 July 2006.

 

Home Port Assignments:
San Diego, Calif.
Bremerton, Wash. (Puget Sound)
San Diego, Calif.
Long Beach, Calif.
San Diego, Calif.
Sasebo, Japan
San Diego, Calif.

Dates:
28 Oct 1978
15 Mar 1985
01 Feb 1986
01 Nov 1990
04 Oct 1991
30 Sep 1992
Jul 2000

 

Commanding Officers:
CAPT Ted C. Steele
CAPT James C. Hayes
CAPT Henri B. Chase
CAPT Francis R. Donovan
CAPT Charles M. Barker
CAPT Luther F. Schriefer
CAPT Hubert F. Tahaney, Jr.
CAPT Paul G. Love III
CAPT Douglas J. Bradt
CAPT Harry M. Highfill
CAPT John W. Townes III
CAPT Frederic R. Ruehe
CAPT Ward L. Harris, Jr.
CAPT Thomas A. Parker *
CAPT Robert J. Gilman *
CAPT Craig R. Solem
CAPT Earl L. Gay
CAPT Robert L. Ford

Date Assumed Command:
23 Sep 1978
8 Jul 1980
24 Apr 1982
1 Aug 1983
31 Jul 1984
10 Jul 1986
11 Dec 1987
19 Jan 1990
2 Jul 1991
6 Jul 1993
27 Jan 1995
4 Jun 1996
9 Jan 1998
2 Apr 1999
26 Jul 2000
19 Nov 2001
30 May 2003
28 Oct 2004

 

* During the hull swap between Belleau Wood (LHA 3) and Essex (LHD 2) the commanding officer of Belleau Wood, Captain Parker and the commanding officer of Essex, Captain Gilman, exchanged commands of the two ships on 26 July 2000. Captain Gilman became commanding officer of Belleau Wood and Captain Parker became commanding officer of Essex.

 

Changes in armament and major systems (Weapons and radar/sonar equipment):
During the 1988 SRA the two Basic Point Defense Missile Systems were removed and replaced by the Close-In Weapons System. A Rolling Airframe Missile System was installed in late 1993. In 1996 the ship had the following: 2 21 Cell Rolling Airframe Missile Systems, 2 5-inch 54 cal DP Mk 45 Mod 1 guns, 2 20-mm Close In Weapons Systems Block 1 (CIWS), 6 20-mm AA Mk 67 guns, 2 SLQ-25 NIXIE, and 6 Mk 36 Mod 12 Super Rapid-Blooming Off Board Chaff Systems (SRBOC). The sensors included Mk 86 gun Fire Control System Mod 10, Mk-23 Target Acquisition System (TAS) Mod 5, SPG-60 radar, SPQ-9A radar, SPS-67 surface search radar, SPS-40B air search radar, SPS-48E 3-D air search radar, SPS-64 surface search radar, SPN-35A aircraft control/approach radar, SPS-43B long range aircraft control/approach radar, SLQ-32(V)3 electronic warfare suite and URN-25 TACAN. In 2002 the Weapon Systems included: 2 21 Cell Rolling Airframe Missile Systems, 2 20-mm Close In Weapons System Block 1, 4 .50-cal mounts, 4 .25-mm mounts, 2 SLQ-25 NIXIE, and 6 Mk 36 Super Rapid-Blooming Off Board Chaff Systems. The sensors included: Mk-23 Target Acquisition Systems (TAS) Mod 5, SPS-67 surface search radar, SPS-40E air search radar, SPS-48E 3-D air search radar, SPS-64 navigation radar, SPN-35A aircraft control/approach radar, SPN-43C aircraft control/approach radar, SLQ-32(V)3 electronic warfare suite, URN-25 TACAN and Furuno navigation radar. Following the ships overhaul in 2003 the weapon systems and sensors remained the same as those listed above for 2002.

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood major overseas deployments

* On 30 September 1992 Belleau Wood’s home port was changed from San Diego, Calif., to Sasebo, Japan. Belleau Wood became the only forward deployed Amphibious Assault Ship. The time frame reflects her permanent forward deployment and operations in Western Pacific waters.

** On 11 August 2002 Belleau Wood departed Sasebo, Japan, in route to her new home port of San Diego, Calif. This change of home port involved the largest hull swap and exchange of command in the U.S. Navy. USS Essex (LHD 2) replaced Belleau Wood as the forward deployed Amphibious Assault ship. However, the crew that has served aboard Belleau Wood remained in Japan and transferred to Essex. The Essex crew that had sailed the ship to Japan transferred their seabags and personal items to Belleau Wood and sailed the ship back to the States and its new home port.

 

Unit Awards:
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

Humanitarian Service Medal

Navy Expeditionary Medal

Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation

Navy Unit Commendation

Meritorious Unit Commendation

Navy Battle (E)

SecNav Letter of Commendation

Received Dates:
8 Feb 1995 - 4 Mar 1995 / 22 Nov 1998 - 24 Feb 1999
4 Dec 1980
28 Apr 1981 - 11 Jun 1981
8 Feb 1995 - 4 Mar 1995
16 Dec 1998 - 20 Dec 1998
22 Jan 1987 - 20 Jan 1987 / 1 Sep 1992 - 1 Oct 1993
13 Awards
1 May 1999 - 1 Oct 2000

 

patches

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood patch crest insignia  LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood crest insignia patch  USS Belleau Wood LHA-3 insignia patch crest

 

LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood patch crest insignia  USS Belleau Wood LHA-3 crest insignia patch

 

 

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