Amphibious Assault Ship

LHD 1  -  USS Wasp

 

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp patch crest insignia

LHD-1 USS Wasp class amphibious assault ship US Navy

Type, Class:

 

Amphibious Assault Ship (Multi Purpose) - LHD; Wasp - class

planned and built as LHD 1

Builder:

 

Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi, USA

STATUS:

 

Awarded: February 28, 1984

Laid down: May 30, 1985

Launched: August 4, 1987

Commissioned: July 6, 1989

ACTIVE UNIT/ in commission (Atlantic Fleet)

Homeport:

 

Norfolk, Virginia, USA

Namesake:

 

traditionally; named in honor of the previous 9 ships which were named Wasp;

> see history, below;

Ship's Motto:

 

HONOR - TRADITION - EXCELLENCE

Technical Data:

(Measures, Propulsion,

Armament, Aviation, etc.)

 

see: INFO > Wasp class Amphibious Assault Ship - LHD

 

ship images

 

Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) during

short take-off and vertical landing tests aboard USS Wasp - October 2011

Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter JSF during short take off and vertical landing tests aboard USS Wasp LHD-1

 

F-35B Lightning II JSF aboard USS Wasp LHD-1

 

F-35B Joint Strike Fighter JSF during take off and landing tests aboard LHD-1 USS Wasp

 

Lockheed Martin F-35B JSF vertical landing aboard USS Wasp LHD-1

 

F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter JSF tests aboard USS Wasp LHD-1

 

F-35B JSF hangar deck USS Wasp LHD-1

 

Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter JSF aboard USS Wasp LHD-1

 

F-35B Joint Strike Fighter JSF short take off and vertical landing tests aboard USS Wasp LHD-1

 

F-35B Lightning II JSF lands aboard USS Wasp LHD-1

 

F-35B Joint Strike Fighter US Marine Corps USMC on the flight deck of USS Wasp LHD-1

 

F-35B Joint Strike Fighter JSF USS Wasp LHD-1

 

F-35B JSF USS Wasp LHD-1

 

F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter prepares to land on USS Wasp LHD-1

 

Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter JSF USS Wasp LHD-1

 

 

F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is landing aboard USS Wasp - October 2011

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp San Francisco 2011

San Francisco - October 2011

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp Atlantic Ocean 2011

Atlantic Ocean - August 2011

 

USS Wasp LHD-1 Atlantic Ocean

Atlantic Ocean - August 2011

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp

Atlantic Ocean - August 2011

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp

Atlantic Ocean - August 2011

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp Norfolk 2011

Norfolk, Virginia - August 2011

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp

Norfolk, Virginia - August 2011

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp MV-22B Osprey take off 2010

MV-22B Osprey takes off from the flight deck of USS Wasp (LHD 1) - Atlantic Ocean - August 2010

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp Norfolk Virginia 2009

Norfolk, Virginia - December 2009

 

USS Wasp LHD-1 Caribbean Sea 2009

Caribbean Sea - November 2009

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp CH-53E Super Stallions HMH-461 Caribbean Sea

CH-53E Super Stallions (HMH-461) - Caribbean Sea - November 2009

 

USS Wasp LHD-1 CH-53E Super Stallions of HMH-461 Caribbean Sea 2009

CH-53E Super Stallions (HMH-461) - Caribbean Sea - November 2009

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp well deck operations 2009

Atlantic Ocean - October 2009

 

LCU-1643 approaches the well deck of LHD-1 USS Wasp

Atlantic Ocean - October 2009

 

LCU-1653 on the stern gate of USS Wasp LHD-1

Atlantic Ocean - October 2009

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp

Atlantic Ocean - October 2009

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp MV-22B Osprey flight operations mediterranean sea

Mediterranean Sea - September 2007

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp mediterranean sea

Mediterranean Sea - September 2007

 

MV-22B of VMM-263 aboard USS Wasp LHD-1 Gulf of Aqaba

MV-22B Osprey (VMM-263) - Gulf of Aqaba - October 2007

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp MV-22B Ospreys VMM-263

MV-22B Ospreys of VMM-263 - Gulf of Aqaba - October 2007

 

MV-22B Ospreys of VMM-263 aboard USS Wasp LHD-1

Gulf of Aqaba - October 2007

 

MV-22B Osprey LHD-1 Wasp

Gulf of Aqaba - October 2007

 

MV-22B Ospreys of VMM-263 aboard USS Wasp LHD-1

MV-22B Ospreys of VMM-263 - Gulf of Aqaba - October 2007

 

MV-22B Ospreys aboard USS Wasp LHD-1

Gulf of Aqaba - October 2007

 

USS Wasp LHD-1 MV-22B Ospreys

Gulf of Aqaba - October 2007

 

MV-22B Ospreys of MV-263 aboard USS Wasp LHD-1 Gulf of Aqaba

MV-22B Ospreys of VMM-263 - Gulf of Aqaba - October 2007

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp MV-22B Ospreys

Gulf of Aqaba - October 2007

 

USS Wasp LHD-1 Gulf of Aqaba 2007

Gulf of Aqaba - October 2007

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp Caribbean Sea 2007

Caribbean Sea - September 2007

 

USS Wasp LHD-1 Atlantic Ocean 2007

Atlantic Ocean - September 2007

 

MH-53E Sea Dragon of HM-15 aboard USS Wasp LHD-1

MH-53E Sea Dragon of HM-15 - Atlantic Ocean - September 2007

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp and DDG-57 USS Mitscher Caribbean Sea 2007

USS Wasp (LHD-1) and USS Mitscher (DDG 57) - Caribbean Sea - August 2007

 

USS Wasp LHD-1 Norfolk Virginia

Norfolk, Virginia - June 2007

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp Norfolk

Norfolk, Virginia - June 2007

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp New York 2007

New York - May 2007

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp New York 2007

New York - May 2007

 

LCU-1659 inside the well deck of USS Wasp LHD-1

Atlantic Ocean - May 2007

 

LCAC-36 approaches the well deck of USS wasp LHD-1

Atlantic Ocean - May 2007

 

well deck USS Wasp LHD-1

Atlantic Ocean - November 2006

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp well deck LCAC

Atlantic Ocean - November 2006

 

USS Wasp LHD-1 Mediterranean Sea 2006

Mediterranean Sea - September 2006

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp

Atlantic Ocean - November 2005

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp Atlantic Ocean 2005

Atlantic Ocean - November 2005

 

USS Wasp LHD-1

Atlantic Ocean - November 2005

 

MH-60S Seahawk of HSC-28 lands on USS Wasp LHD-1

MH-60S Seahawk (HSC-28) - Atlantic Ocean - November 2005

 

MV-22B Ospreys of VMX-22 abaord USS Wasp LHD-1 2005

MV-22B Osprey (VMX-22) - Atlantic Ocean - November 2005

 

MV-22B Ospreys VMX-22 USS Wasp LHD-1

MV-22B Osprey (VMX-22) - Atlantic Ocean - November 2005

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp well deck

Atlantic Ocean - October 2005

 

AV-8B Harrier II USS Wasp LHD-1

Atlantic Ocean - October 2005

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp LCU-1658 well deck

Atlantic Ocean - June 2005

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp well deck

Atlantic Ocean - June 2005

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp well deck

Atlantic Ocean - June 2005

 

LCU inside the well deck of USS Wasp LHD-1

Atlantic Ocean - June 2005

 

LCAC well deck USS Wasp LHD-1

Atlantic Ocean - June 2005

 

USS Wasp LHD-1 LCAC inside the well deck

Atlantic Ocean - June 2005

 

CH-53E Super Stallion USS Wasp LHD-1

CH-53E Super Stallion - Atlantic Ocean - June 2005

 

USS Wasp LHD-1 well deck stern gate

Norfolk, Virginia - June 2005

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp Norfolk 2004

Norfolk, Virginia - September 2004

 

AV-8B Harrier II HMM-266 REIN Arabian Gulf 2004

AV-8B Harrier II - HMM-266 (REIN) - Arabian Gulf - August 2004

 

CH-46 Sea Knight HMM-266 REIN USS Wasp LHD-1 Arabian Gulf 2004

CH-46 Sea Knight - HMM-266 (REIN) - Arabian Gulf - July 2004

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp CH-46 Sea Knight HMM-266 REIN

CH-46 Sea Knights - HMM-266 (REIN) - Arabian Gulf - July 2004

 

AV-8B Harrier II HMM-266 REIN USS Wasp 2004

AV-8B Harrier II - HMM-266 (REIN) - Indian Ocean - April 2004

 

USS Wasp LHD-1 AV-8B Harrier II HMM-266 REIN

AV-8B Harrier II - HMM-266 (REIN) - Indian Ocean - April 2004

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp AV-8B Harrier II

AV-8B Harrier II - HMM-266 (REIN) - Indian Ocean - April 2004

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp helicopter operations

Indian Ocean - April 2004

 

USS Wasp LHD-1 well deck Arabian Gulf

Northern Arabian Gulf - March 2004

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp off load Arabian Gulf 2004

Arabian Gulf - March 2004

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp Valletta Malta 2004

Valletta, Malta - March 2004

 

LHD-1 USS wasp Gulf of Mexico 2003

Gulf of Mexico - December 2003

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp Norfolk

Norfolk, Virginia - September 2003

 

LCAC-83 approaches USS Wasp LHD-1 well deck

Gulf of Mexico - July 2003

 

USS Wasp LHD-1 Operation Enduring Freedom OEF 2002

Operation Enduring Freedom - July 2002

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp Operation Enduring Freedom OEF 2002

Operation Enduring Freedom - June 2002

 

USS Wasp LHD-1 2002

June 2002

 

RIM-7 Sea Sparrow was fired from a Mk-29 launcher aboard USS Wasp LHD-1

a RIM-7 Sea Sparrow missile was fired from a Mk-29 launcher - January 2002

 

RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile was launches from a Mk-49 guided missile launching system GMLS USS Wasp LHD-1

a RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) was fired from a Mk-49 GMLS - March 2001

 

USS Wasp LHD-1

Norfolk, Virginia - September 1999

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp Mediterranean Sea 1998

Mediterranean Sea - May 1998

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp Mediterranean Sea 1998

Mediterranean Sea - May 1998

 

USS Wasp LHD-1 well deck

January 1998

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp JTFEX 98-1

Joint Task Force Exercise 98-1 (JTFEX 98-1) - January 1998

 

USS Wasp LHD-1 JTFEX 98-1

Joint Task Force Exercise 98-1 (JTFEX 98-1) - January 1998

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp joint task force exercise 1998

Joint Task Force Exercise 98-1 (JTFEX 98-1) - January 1998

 

USS Wasp LHD-1 off North Carolina 1997 LCAC well deck

off North Carolina - October 1997

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp Hampton Roadstead 1996

Hampton Roadstead, Virginia - April 1996

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp

Chesapeake Bay, Virginia - August 1995

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp Chesapeake Bay 1995

Chesapeake Bay, Virginia - August 1995

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp Norfolk Virginia 1995

Norfolk, Virginia - June 1995

 

USS Wasp LHD-1 exercise Strong Resolve 1995

Surmadal Fjord - Exercise STRONG RESOLVE 95 - March 1995

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp exercise strong resolve 1995 surmadal fjord

Exercise STRONG RESOLVE 95 - March 1995

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp exercise strong resolve 95

Exercise STRONG RESOLVE 95 - March 1995

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp Jebel Ali Dubai UAE 1993

Jebel Ali, Dubai, UAE - May 1993

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp Jebel Ali Dubai 1993

Jebel Ali, Dubai, UAE - May 1993

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp flight deck

Jebel Ali, Dubai, UAE - May 1993

 

USS Wasp LHD-1 AH-1 Cobra

Jebel Ali, Dubai, UAE - May 1993

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp Jebel Ali

Jebel Ali, Dubai, UAE - May 1993

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp Norfolk

Norfolk, Virginia - August 1992

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp

Norfolk, Virginia - August 1992

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp

Norfolk, Virginia - August 1992

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp

Norfolk, Virginia - August 1992

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp 1992

June 1992

 

USS Wasp LHD-1 New York 1992

New York - February 1992

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp Cartagena Colombia 1992

off Cartagena, Colombia - January 1992

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp October 1991

October 1991

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp

October 1991

 

USS Wasp LHD-1 1991

October 1991

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp exercise display determination 1991

Exercise DISPLAY DETERMINATION 91 - October 1991

 

USS Wasp LHD-1 display determination 91

Exercise DISPLAY DETERMINATION 91 - October 1991

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp 1991

July 1991

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp 1991

July 1991

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp

July 1991

 

USS Wasp LHD-1 mediterranean sea 1991

July 1991

 

USS Wasp LHD-1

July 1991

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp 1991

July 1991

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp operation provide comfort iskenderun bay turkey 1991

Operation PROVIDE COMFORT - Iskenderun Bay, Turkey - July 1991

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp 1991

July 1991

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp mediterranean sea

Mediterranean Sea - June 1991

 

USS Wasp LHD-1

Mediterranean Sea - June 1991

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp

Mediterranean Sea - June 1991

 

USS Wasp LHD-1

Mediterranean Sea - June 1991

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp

Mediterranean Sea - June 1991

 

USS Wasp LHD-1 V-22A Osprey 1990

V-22A Osprey - December 1990

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp

September 1990

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp

September 1990

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp

September 1990

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp

September 1990

 

USS Wasp LHD-1

September 1990

 

USS Wasp LHD-1

September 1990

 

USS Wasp LHD-1

September 1990

 

USS Wasp LHD-1

September 1990

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp

September 1990

 

USS Wasp LHD-1 flight deck

September 1990

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp

September 1990

 

USS Wasp LHD-1

June 1990

 

USS Wasp LHD-1

June 1990

 

USS Wasp LHD-1

June 1990

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp LCAC-15

LCAC-15 - March 1990

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp

February 1990

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp 1989

September 1989

 

USS Wasp LHD-1 and USS Coral Sea CV-43

USS Coral Sea (CV 43) and USS Wasp (LHD 1) - September 1989

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp and CV-43 USS Coral Sea

USS Coral Sea (CV 43) and USS Wasp (LHD 1) - September 1989

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp hangar deck

September 1989

 

USS Wasp LHD-1 commissioning ceremony 1989

commissioning ceremony - July 1989

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp commissioning ceremony 1989

commissioning ceremony - July 1989

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp

July 1989

 

USS Wasp LHD-1 1989

July 1989

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp

July 1989

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp PCU

July 1989

 

USS Wasp LHD-1

July 1989

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp

July 1989

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp

July 1989

 

USS Wasp LHD-1

July 1989

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp

July 1989

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp

July 1989

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp amphibious assault ship

July 1989

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp stern gate well deck

July 1989

 

USS Wasp LHD-1

undated

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp

July 1989

 

USS Wasp LHD-1 Ingalls shipbuilding pascagoula mississippi

April 1989

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp construction

April 1989

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp 1988 outfitting ingalls

August 1988

 

USS Wasp LHD-1 christening 1987

christening - September 1987

 

 

Namesake & History:

In naming LHD-1 "Wasp", the Navy honors nine previous ships, dating to the American Revolution, which have borne this illustrious name.

Previous U.S. Navy ships named Wasp include: a schooner (1775-1777), a sloop of war (1806-1813), another schooner (1810-1814), a tender sloop (1813-1814), a ship-rigged  sloop of war (1814), an iron-hulled side wheel steamer (1865-1876), a steam yacht (1898-1921), and the most famous of the nine, two aircraft carriers, CV-7 (1940-1942) and CV-18 (1943-1972).

The eighth Wasp was a 14,700 ton, 741-foot aircraft carrier that earned two battle stars during World War II. Wasp's sterling performance evoked British Prime Minister Winston Churchill's famous quote, "Who said a Wasp couldn't sting twice?"

After shifting to the Pacific theater of operations, CV-7 participated in a number of major engagements before being sunk during the Battle of Guadalcanal on September 15, 1942.

Following the loss of CV-7, CV-18, already under construction at the time, became the ninth Wasp. The ship earned eight battle stars for it's World War II service in the Pacific. After 29 years of gallant naval service, CV-18 was decommissioned in 1972.

 

USS Wasp (LHD 1):

 

In February 1993, she left her port on an emergency deployment to Somalia to participate in the United Nations intervention: Operation Restore Hope. Joint Chiefs Chairman, Gen. Colin Powell landed on the ship that April for a discussion of military tactics taking place in and around Mogadishu. Following that, she assisted off the coast of Kuwait for another operation. She later made stops in Toulon, France and Rota, Spain, en route to her home port in Norfolk, Virginia.

In 1998, she won the Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award for the Atlantic Fleet.
 

In February 2004, the USS Wasp set sail to take the Marines of BLT 1/6 and HMM-266 Rein to Afghanistan. They arrived at the end of March and offloaded the Marines. They then turned around and went back to the states to pick up the Marines from HMH-461 to take them to Djibouti. After offloading the HMH-461 in Djibouti, they picked up the Marines of HMM-266 Rein from Kuwait in August 2004, and returned to the coast of Norfolk, Virginia mid September 2004.

On 7 July 2006, Vice President Dick Cheney, visited the USS Wasp. He gave a speech honoring the efforts of the USS Nassau Expeditionary Strike Group in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Wasp was the principal attraction at Fleet Week 2007 in New York City.
 

In September 2007, the USS Wasp sailed to Nicaragua to offer help to the victims of Hurricane Felix.

USS Wasp was the first ship to deploy the V-22 Osprey, doing so in October 2007, by carrying VMM-263's ten MV-22B Ospreys to Iraq to participate in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

On October 4, 2009, the USS Wasp deployed from its base at Norfolk Naval Station in Norfolk, Virginia on a three month voyage down the Atlantic coast, to the Caribbean as part of the Southern Partnership Station, amphibious with Destroyer Squadron 40 and an embarked security cooperation Marine Air-Ground Task Force. The 1,100 Sailors and 365 embarked Marines conducted operations and exercises in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility. The operation, called the Southern Partnership Station is part of "Partnership of the Americas" maritime strategy, which focuses on building interoperability and cooperation in the region to meet common challenges, specifically with matters involving the recent executive orders that United States President Barack Obama addressed on January 22, 2009 of the closing down of Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba. The camp which holds hundreds of prisoners suspected of international terrorism is scheduled to close within a year.

In mid-October 2009, The USS Wasp set anchor at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba where the United States Marines that were on board, were assigned to training status for approx 3 months while the USS Wasp went underway.

Since Cuba, the USS Wasp has not docked in Jamaica, contrary to rumors, but has practiced further operations and exercises throughout the Caribbean. USS Wasp returned to Norfolk Naval Station on December 22, 2009.

On June 29, 2010, USS Wasp was one of the 18 international vessels taking part in the 100th anniversary celebrations of the Canadian Navy in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Canadian and international warships were reviewed by Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

In 2011 the Wasp was modified for F-35B testing, including replacing a Sea Sparrow launcher with monitoring equipment. She returned to sea on 7 July 2011.

 

source: wikipedia

 

patches

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp crest patch insignia  USS Wasp LHD-1 patch crest insignia

 

LHD-1 USS Wasp cruise patch  USS Wasp LHD-1 cruise patch

 

 

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