Amphibious Assault Ship

LHD 3  -  USS Kearsarge

 

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge patch crest insignia

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Wasp class amphibious assault ship

Type, Class:

 

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

planned and built as LHD 3

Builder:

 

Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi, USA

STATUS:

 

Awarded: November 20, 1987

Laid down: February 6, 1990

Launched: March 26, 1992

Commissioned: October 16, 1993

ACTIVE UNIT/ in commission (Atlantic Fleet)

Homeport:

 

Norfolk, Virginia

Namesake:

 

Mount Kearsarge, New Hampshire

Ship's Motto:

 

PROUD - TRUSTWORTHY - BOLD

Technical Data:

(Measures, Propulsion,

Armament, Aviation, etc.)

 

see: INFO > Wasp class Amphibious Assault Ship - LHD

LINK :

 

see also: Special Report / USS Kearsarge ARG - port visit in Rijeka/ Croatia - August 2001

 

ship images

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Norfolk Virginia 2011

Norfolk, Virginia - July 2011

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3

Norfolk, Virginia - May 2011

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Rota Spain 2011

Rota, Spain - April 2011

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge AV-8B Harrier II Mediterranean Sea

Mediterranean Sea - March 2011

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3 Red Sea 2011

Red Sea - February 2011

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Red Sea unrep

Red Sea - February 2011

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Red Sea

Red Sea - February 2011

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3

Red Sea - February 2011

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge

Red Sea - February 2011

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge

Red Sea - February 2011

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3

Red Sea - February 2011

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge MV-22B Osprey Suez Canal 2010

Suez Canal - September 2010

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Gibraltar 2010

Gibraltar - September 2010

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Souda Bay Crete Greece 2010

Souda Bay, Greece - September 2010

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Souda Bay Greece 2010

Souda Bay, Greece - September 2010

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge AV-8B Harrier II VMM-266 REIN Mediterranean Sea 2010

AV-8B Harrier II - VMM-266 (REIN) - Mediterranean Sea - September 2010

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3 Atlantic Ocean 2010

Atlantic Ocean - September 2010

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge

Atlantic Ocean - September 2010

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge MV-22B Osprey VMM-266

Atlantic Ocean - September 2010

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Atlantic Ocean

Atlantic Ocean - September 2010

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge RIM-7 Sea Sparrow reload

Atlantic Ocean - August 2010

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge LCAC well deck camp lejeune north carolina

Camp Lejeune, North Carolina - August 2010

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge

Atlantic Ocean - July 2010

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3

Atlantic Ocean - July 2010

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Norfolk Virginia

Norfolk, Virginia - September 2009

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3 Norfolk dry dock 2009

Norfolk, Virginia - September 2009

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Norfolk

Norfolk, Virginia - December 2008

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Willemstad Curacao 2008

Willemstad, Curacao - October 2008

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Caribbean Sea

Caribbean Sea - September 2008

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge off Haiti 2008

off Haiti - September 2008

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Haiti 2008

off Haiti - September 2008

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3

off Haiti - September 2008

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3 Haiti 2008

off Haiti - September 2008

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Norfolk Virginia

Norfolk, Virginia - August 2008

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge

Norfolk, Virginia - August 2008

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge

Norfolk, Virginia - August 2008

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge

Norfolk, Virginia - August 2008

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge New York City 2008

New York - May 2008

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge New York City 2008

New York - May 2008

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge New York

New York - May 2008

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3 New York

New York - May 2008

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge

New York - May 2008

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge

New York - May 2008

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Bay of Bengal 2008

Bay of Bengal - December 2007

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3 Persian Gulf 2008

Persian Gulf - September 2007

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge

Atlantic Ocean - August 2007

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3

Atlantic Ocean - August 2007

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge

Norfolk, Virginia - July 2007

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge

Atlantic Ocean - June 2007

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3 well deck LCU

Atlantic Ocean - June 2007

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge

Atlantic Ocean - June 2007

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge

Atlantic Ocean - June 2007

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge

Atlantic Ocean - June 2007

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3

Atlantic Ocean - June 2007

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge AV-8B Harrier II flight deck operations

Atlantic Ocean - June 2007

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge CH-46 Sea Knight

Atlantic Ocean - June 2007

 

LCAC returns to the well deck of USS Kearsarge LHD-3

LCAC returns to the well deck of USS Kearsarge - Atlantic Ocean - May 2007

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge LCAC well deck

LCAC returns to the well deck of USS Kearsarge - Atlantic Ocean - May 2007

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3 AV-8B Harrier II HMM-261 REIN

AV-8B Harrier II (HMM-261/REIN) - Atlantic Ocean - May 2007

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge MH-60S Seahawk HSC-22

MH-60S Seahawk (HSC-22) - Atlantic Ocean - May 2007

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge LPD-15 USS Ponce Port Everglades Florida 2007

Port Everglades, Florida - May 2007

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3 AV-8B Harrier II HMM-261 REIN

AV-8B (HMM-261/REIN) - Atlantic Ocean - March 2007

 

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge

Atlantic Ocean - November 2006

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3 MH-53E Sea Dragon Caribbean Sea 2006

MH-53E Sea Dragon - Caribbean Sea - August 2006

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge LCU well deck operations

Atlantic Ocean - August 2006

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge well deck operations LCU-1662

Atlantic Ocean - August 2006

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Norfolk Virginia

Norfolk, Virginia - August 2006

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge New York 2006

New York - May 2006

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3 New York City 2006

New York - May 2006

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge New York 2006

New York - May 2006

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge New York

New York - May 2006

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3

New York - May 2006

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge

New York - May 2006

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge New York

New York - May 2006

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge New York City

New York - May 2006

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge

New York - May 2006

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge

New York - May 2006

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge ARG

Atlantic Ocean - September 2005

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Norfolk

Norfolk, Virginia - September 2005

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3

Atlantic Ocean - September 2005

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge flight deck

Atlantic Ocean - September 2005

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3

Atlantic Ocean - September 2005

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge ARG 2005

Atlantic Ocean - September 2005

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge

Atlantic Ocean - September 2005

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Suez Canal 2005

Suez Canal - August 2005

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge LCAC well deck Persian Gulf 2005

LCAC prepares to enter the well deck - Persian Gulf - July 2005

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3 Persian Gulf

Persian Gulf - June 2005

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3 Persian Gulf

Persian Gulf - May 2005

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge AV-8B Harrier II Persian Gulf 2005

Persian Gulf - May 2005

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Mediterranean Sea 2005

Mediterranean Sea - April 2005

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3 Suez Canal 2005

Suez Canal - April 2005

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Mediterranean Sea

Mediterranean Sea - April 2005

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3 Mediterranean Sea 2005 Harrier II

Mediterranean Sea - April 2005

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge CH-53E Super Stallion Mediterranean Sea 2005

CH-53E Super Stallion - Mediterranean Sea - April 2005

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3 flight deck

Atlantic Ocean - April 2005

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge

Atlantic Ocean - April 2005

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge

Atlantic Ocean - April 2005

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3

Atlantic Ocean - April 2005

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge

Atlantic Ocean - April 2005

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge

Atlantic Ocean - March 2005

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge well deck

Atlantic Ocean - March 2005

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge

Norfolk, Virginia - March 2005

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge CH-46 Sea Knight

Atlantic Ocean - January 2005

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge HMM-162 REIN 2005

aircraft of HMM-162/REIN - Atlantic Ocean - January 2005

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge CH-46 Sea Knight flight deck

Atlantic Ocean - November 2004

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge

Norfolk, Virginia - August 2004

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3 Souda Bay Crete Greece 2004

Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - July 2004

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Souda Bay Greece

Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - July 2004

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Souda Bay

Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - July 2004

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Arabian Gulf 2004

Arabian Gulf - July 2004

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge and LHA-3 USS Belleau Wood Arabian Gulf 2004

USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) and USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) - Arabian Gulf - July 2004

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Arabian Gulf

Arabian Gulf - July 2004

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3 Arabian Gulf 2004

Arabian Gulf - July 2004

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Straits of Gibraltar 2004

Straits of Gibraltar - June 2004

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3 Gibraltar 2004

Straits of Gibraltar - June 2004

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Gibraltar Straits 2004

Straits of Gibraltar - June 2004

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Gibraltar

Straits of Gibraltar - June 2004

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Gibraltar

Straits of Gibraltar - June 2004

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge light armored vehicle LAV

Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) - June 2004

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge CH-53E Super Stallion HMH-464

CH-53E Super Stallion (HMH-464) - off North Carolina - June 2004

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Norfolk Virginia 2003

Norfolk, Virginia - September 2003

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Norfolk

Norfolk, Virginia - June 2003

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3

Atlantic Ocean - June 2003

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge

Atlantic Ocean - June 2003

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge CH-53E Super Stallion elevator

Atlantic Ocean - June 2003

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3 Red Sea 2003

Red Sea - June 2003

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Red Sea flight deck

Red Sea - May 2003

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3 CH-46 Sea Knight HMM-365 Blue Knights Red Sea 2003

CH-46 HMM-365 Blue Knights - Red Sea - May 2003

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Arabian Gulf 2003

Arabian Gulf - May 2003

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3 Arabian Gulf

Arabian Gulf - April 2003

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge CH-53E Super Stallion HMH-464 Arabian Gulf 2003

CH-53E Super Stallion (HMH-464) - Arabian Gulf - April 2003

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3 CH-53E Super Stallion HMH-464

CH-53E Super Stallions (HMH-464) - Arabian Gulf - April 2003

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Arabian Gulf

Arabian Gulf - March 2003

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge

Arabian Gulf - March 2003

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge

Arabian Gulf - March 2003

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3 CH-53E Super Stallion HMH-464 Condors Arabian Gulf 2003

CH-53E Super Stallion (HMH-464 Condors) - Arabian Gulf - March 2003

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge CH-53E Super Stallion HMH-464 Condors

CH-53E Super Stallion (HMH-464 Condors) - Arabian Gulf - March 2003

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Arabian Gulf flight deck

Arabian Gulf - March 2003

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge CH-53E Super Stallions flight deck

Arabian Gulf - March 2003

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Persian Gulf 2003

Persian Gulf - February 2003

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3 Persian Gulf 2003

Persian Gulf - February 2003

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Operation Enduring Freedom 2003

Operation Enduring Freedom - February 2003

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Mediterranean Sea 2003

Mediterranean Sea - January 2003

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3 Mediterranean Sea 2003

Mediterranean Sea - January 2003

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3 and USS Bataan LHD-5 Operation Enduring Freedom OEF 2003

USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) and USS Bataan (LHD 5) - Operation Enduring Freedom - January 2003

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Straits of Gibraltar 2003

Straits of Gibraltar - January 2003

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3 CH-53E Super Stallion operation enduring freedom 2003

CH-53E Super Stallion - Operation Enduring Freedom - January 2003

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge off Sierra Leone 2002

off Sierra Leone - May 2002

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3 well deck 2001

April 2001

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge flight deck CH-46 Sea Knight 2001

April 2001

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3 off the coast of Turkey 1999

off the coast of Turkey - August 1999

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3 off Puerto Rico 1999

off Puerto Rico - February 1999

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Norfolk Virginia 1996

Norfolk, Virginia - November 1996

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge underway July 1995

July 1995

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Portsmouth Virginia 1994

Portsmouth, Virginia - October 1994

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge commissioning ceremony Pascagoula Mississippi 1993

Pascagoula, Mississippi - October 1993

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3 commissioning October 1993

Pascagoula, Mississippi - October 1993

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Ingalls Shipbuilding Pascagoula Mississippi 1993

Ingalls Shipbuilding - Pascagoula, Mississippi - April 1993

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge construction Ingalls Shipbuilding 1992

Pascagoula, Mississippi - March 1992

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3 construction Ingalls Pascagoula Mississippi

Pascagoula, Mississippi - March 1992

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge construction Ingalls

Pascagoula, Mississippi - March 1992

 

USS Kearsarge LHD-3 construction Ingalls

Pascagoula, Mississippi - March 1992

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Pascagoula Mississippi Ingalls

Pascagoula, Mississippi - March 1992

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge keel laying ceremony 1990

keel laying ceremony - Pascagoula, Mississippi - February 6, 1990

 

 

Namesake & History:

Mount Kearsarge is the name of a 2,937-foot (895 m) mountain located in Wilmot, New Hampshire, and Warner, New Hampshire. Two state parks are located on the mountain: Winslow State Park and Rollins State Park. On a very clear day, skyscrapers in the city of Boston, Massachusetts 80 miles (130 km) away are visible from the fire tower on the summit.

The name of the mountain evolved from a 1652 rendering of the indigenous name for the mountain, Carasarga, which it is surmised means "notch-pointed-mountain of pines."

 

USS Kearsarge (LHD 3):

 

USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3) is the fourth ship in the history of the U.S. Navy named for Kearsarge Mountain in New Hampshire. Previous ships named KEARSARGE include a Civil War-era sloop of war famous for defeating CSS ALABAMA; a turn-of-the-century battleship that sailed as part of President Theodore Roosevelt's "Great White Fleet;" and an aircraft carrier, known internationally for its part in the Project Mercury space program. KEARSARGE is only one of two United States ship names mandated by Congress to be used more than once.

USS KEARSARGE is the third ship of the Wasp class multipurpose amphibious assault ships. Her primary mission is the embarkation, deployment, landing and support of a Marine landing force.

USS KEARSARGE and her sister ships are the first ships specifically designed to accommodate Air Cushion Landing Craft (LCAC) for fast troop movement over the beach and Harrier II (AV-8B) V/STOL (Vertical/Short Take Off and Landing) jets, which provide close-in air support for the assault force.

Launched on March 26, 1992, she was christened KEARSARGE on Saturday, May 16, 1992, at Ingalls Shipbuilding by Mrs. Alma Powell, wife of General Colin L. Powell, USA former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State. USS KEARSARGE joined the fleet October 16, 1993 during commissioning ceremonies in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and is home ported in Norfolk, Virginia.

KEARSARGE departed for her maiden deployment on March 22, 1995. KEARSARGE served as the primary platform for the rescue of Air Force Captain Scott O'Grady after he was shot down over Bosnia.

After the deployment, KEARSARGE served as the primary Navy unit participating in the 1995 New York City Veteran's Day activities, which marked our nation's final tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the end of World War II.

KEARSARGE began her second deployment on April 15, 1997. She relieved USS Nassau (LHA 4) on station off the coast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) in support of Operation Guardian Retrieval on May 2, 1997. KEARSARGE was later directed to Freetown, Sierra Leone to conduct Noncombatant Evacuation Operations in support of Operation Noble Obelisk. On May 31, she began evacuating American citizens and foreign nationals from Sierra Leone. During the four-day operation, KEARSARGE evacuated more than 2,500 Americans and foreign nationals from more than 40 countries.

On April 17, 1999, KEARSARGE embarked on its third deployment. Performing a turnover with the NASSAU ARG while underway, KEARSARGE made best speed to the Adriatic Sea where she performed various operations off the coast of Kosovo, including Operation Noble Anvil/Allied Force and establishment of Camp Hope in Fier, Albania. On June 7, Operation Joint Guardian began. The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Special Operations Capable (SOC), was offloaded June 10 across Litokhoron Beach, Greece, for movement to Skopje, Macedonia. These U.S. Marines were the first peacekeeping force to enter Kosovo. Immediately following, KEARSARGE was ordered to Izmit, Turkey to provide support after the nation experienced a devastating earthquake that killed 12,000 people.

On April 25, 2001, KEARSARGE began its fourth deployment, where the ship hosted the annual USO Gala in Naples, Italy, participated in several large amphibious operations (Trident D'Or, Alexander the Great and Albanian PHIBLIEX), and provided support to the President of the United States during the G8 Summit in Genoa, Italy. On September 11, 2001, KEARSARGE was underway in the Mediterranean Sea as the World Trade Centers and Pentagon were attacked by terrorists. During this deployment, KEARSARGE visited 12 ports in seven different countries. KEARSARGE returned home on October 15, 2001.

On January 8, 2002, KEARSARGE entered Norfolk Naval Shipyard for a four-month Planned Maintenance Availability that ended on April 25th that year. In July, KEARSARGE made a port visit to Boston to participate in the annual Harborfest celebration over the 4th of July. On October 10th, KEARSARGE participated in a unique exercise in the Gulf of Mexico to prove a new capability of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship - to support mine sweeping capabilities.

On January 12, 2003, with only 72 hours notice, KEARSARGE was deployed, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. It was the ship's fifth deployment. Serving as the Flagship for Rear Admiral Nowakowski, Commander, Amphibious Task Force East, and Brigadier General Richard Natonski, Commanding General Second Marine Expeditionary Brigade (2D MEB) and Landing Force East, KEARSARGE carried more than 1,700 Marines from the 2D MEB to the Northern Arabian Gulf. KEARSARGE later became the Flagship for Commodore Gregg Jackson, Commander Amphibious Squadron Eight.

On February 14th, KEARSARGE began off-loading the 2D MEB at Kuwait Naval Base. They joined up with Marines from the 1 MEB to become Task Force Tarawa. On March 20th hostilities commenced, the name of the engagement was changed to Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Task Force Tarawa crossed in Iraq and went to war. KEARSARGE remained off the coast of Iraq flying combat re-supply missions employing the CH-53E helicopters attached to the Condors of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron Four Sixty-Four (HMH 464).

On the way home from that history combat deployment, KEARSARGE also provided support to the President of the United States during his visits to Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt and Aqaba, Jordan during his summits with Arab leaders. Additionally, KEARSARGE was diverted from its homecoming track to the western coast of Africa to support Operation Shinning Express. KEARSARGE returned home on June 30, 2003.

In June 2004, following a four-month shipyard avalability, KEARSARGE surge deployed to the Arabian Gulf to transport elements of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. KEARSARGE returned home in August 2004.

KEARSARGE embarked on its seventh deployment on March 25, 2005 as the flagship for the KEARSARGE Expeditionary Strike Group, consisting of KEARSARGE, the guided missile cruiser USS NORMANDY (CG 60), the amphibious transport ship USS PONCE (LPD 15), the guided missile destroyer USS GONZALEZ (DDG 66), the guided missile frigate USS KAUFFMAN (FFG 59), the attack submarine USS SCRANTON (SSN 756) and the dock landing ship USS ASHLAND (LSD 48), and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

Following a four-month shipyard availability, KEARSARGE participated in New York City’s Fleet Week, Boston Harborfest and PANAMAX 2006.

On July 30, 2007, KEARSARGE embarked on its eighth deployment as the flagship for the KEARSARGE Strike Group with the Marines and Sailors of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable). KEARSARGE enjoyed a successful sea-based operation in support of Operation Sea Angel II in Bangladesh. KEARSARGE and the embarkd 22nd MEU arrived on station in the Bay of Bengal for Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief efforts Thanksgiving Day after steaming over 3,000 miles in just under six days from off the coast of Africa. The ship and her crew returned from deployment February 1, 2008.

KEARSARGE participated in New York City’s Fleet Week in May of 2008.

On August 6, 2008, KEARSARGE deployed in support of Operation Continuing Promise. The ship's crew, along with augment from The United States Marine Corps, The United States Air Force, The United States Army, The United States Coast Guard, The United States Public Health Service, The Canadian Forces, and other multi-national forces and NGO's provided medical, construction and humanitarian services to seven Central, South, and Caribbean American countries (Panama, Columbia, the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Trinidad). The ship also provided Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) operations in Haiti following four Atlantic hurricanes.

In January 2009, KEARSARGE entered Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) for its first Dry Dock Planned Maintenance Availability (DPMA) since the ship’s commissioning in 1993.

USS KEARSARGE has been awarded the Golden Anchor for Retention Excellence, The 2008 Battenberg Cup Award, The Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award, Ronald Reagan Distinguished Service Award, the CNO Environmental Safety Award, the Admiral Flatley Memorial Award, Department of Energy / Department of the Navy Energy Efficient Awards, the Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award, Commander, the Navy Region Mid-Atlantic (CNRMA) Community Service Award for Personal Excellence Partnership (PEP), and the Commander Naval Surface Force Atlantic Safety Award.

Additionally, KEARSARGE has qualified for the following medals and unit awards: Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation (two awards), Battle Efficiency "E" Award (six awards), National Defense Service Medal (two awards), Kosovo campaign Medal (with bronze star), Armed Forces Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (five awards), the NATO Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon.

 

patches

 

LHD-3 USS Kearsarge patch crest insigniaLHD-3 USS Kearsarge cruise patch

 

 

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