Amphibious Assault Ship

LHD 7  -  USS Iwo Jima

 

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima patch crest insignia

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Wasp class amphibious assault ship Northrop Grumman Ingalls shipbuilding Pascagoula MS US Navy

Type, Class:

 

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

planned and built as LHD 7

Builder:

 

Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi, USA

STATUS:

 

Awarded: February 28, 1995

Laid down: December 12, 1997

Launched: March 25, 2001

Commissioned: June 30, 2001

ACTIVE / in service (Atlantic Fleet)

Homeport:

 

Norfolk, Virginia

Namesake:

 

named after and in honor of the Battle of Iwo Jima (Japan) in WWII.

> see history, below;

Ship's Motto:

 

UNCOMMON VALOR

Technical Data:

(Measures, Propulsion,

Armament, Aviation, etc.)

 

see: INFO > Wasp class Amphibious Assault Ship - LHD

 

ship images

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima 2011

Atlantic Ocean - December 2011

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 CH-53E Super Stallion VMM-261 REIN

CH-53E Super Stallions (VMM-261/REIN) - Atlantic Ocean - December 2011

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima LCAC well deck

Atlantic Ocean - October 2011

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima MV-22B Osprey VMM-261 REIN hangar deck

MV-22B Osprey (VMM-261/REIN) - hangar deck - Atlantic Ocean - October 2011

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 MV-22B Osprey flight deck

MV-22B Osprey - Atlantic Ocean - October 2011

 

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Portsmouth Virginia 2011

Portsmouth, Virginia - August 2011

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima New York 2011

New York - May 2011

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima New York City 2011

New York - May 2011

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Port Everglades Florida 2011

Port Everglades, Florida - May 2011

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 MH-53E Sea Dragon HM-15

MH-53E Sea Dragon (HM-15) - Atlantic Ocean - April 2011

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Norfolk Virginia 2010

Norfolk, Virginia - November 2010

 

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Norfolk, Virginia - November 2010

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 Caribbean Sea 2010

Caribbean Sea - November 2010

 

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Caribbean Sea - November 2010

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima CH-46 Sea Knights

Caribbean Sea - November 2010

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Panama 2010

Panama - October 2010

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 Panama 2010

Panama - October 2010

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Panama

Panama - September 2010

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima off Nicaragua 2010

off Nicaragua - September 2010

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Nicaragua 2010

off Nicaragua - September 2010

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 Limon Costa Rica 2010

Limon, Costa Rica - August 2010

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima off Colombia 2010

off Colombia - August 2010

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima

off Colombia - August 2010

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Guantanamo Bay Cuba 2010

Guantanamo Bay, Cuba - August 2010

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Guantanamo Bay Cuba 2010

Guantanamo Bay, Cuba - August 2010

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 Cuba

Guantanamo Bay, Cuba - August 2010

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima off Haiti 2010

off Haiti - July 2010

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima off Haiti

off Haiti - July 2010

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima

off Haiti - July 2010

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Haiti 2010

off Haiti - July 2010

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 Atlantic Ocean 2010 AV-8B Harrier II

Atlantic Ocean - July 2010

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Norfolk Virginia 2010

Norfolk, Virginia - July 2010

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Norfolk

Norfolk, Virginia - July 2010

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima New York City June 2010

New York - June 2010

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima New York

New York - June 2010

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima New York

New York - June 2010

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 Norfolk

Norfolk, Virginia - May 2010

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Norfolk

Norfolk, Virginia - May 2010

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Port Everglades Florida 2010

Port Everglades, Florida - April 2010

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Port Everglades

Port Everglades, Florida - April 2010

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Port Everglades

Port Everglades, Florida - April 2010

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima New York 2009

New York - May 2009

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima New York City 2009

New York - May 2009

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Rota Spain March 2009

Rota, Spain - March 2009

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Rota Spain 2009

Rota, Spain - March 2009

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima CH-53E Super Stallion Mediterranean Sea 2009

Mediterranean Sea - March 2009

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 Suez Canal 2009

Suez Canal - March 2009

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Gulf of Oman 2009

Gulf of Oman - February 2009

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Kuwait Naval Base 2009

Kuwait Naval Base - February 2009

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Kuwait Naval Base 2009

Kuwait Naval Base - February 2009

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Persian Gulf 2009

Persian Gulf - January 2009

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 Persian Gulf 2009

Persian Gulf - January 2009

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Persian Gulf

Persian Gulf - January 2009

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Persian Gulf

Persian Gulf - January 2009

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 Persian Gulf

Persian Gulf - January 2009

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima

Persian Gulf - January 2009

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Persian Gulf LCAC well deck 2009

Persian Gulf - January 2009

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 LCAC well deck operations Persian Gulf 2009

Persian Gulf - January 2009

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Persian Gulf LCAC approaches well deck

Persian Gulf - January 2009

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima LARC well deck

Persian Gulf - January 2009

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Persian Gulf 2008

Persian Gulf - December 2008

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Persian Gulf November 2008

Persian Gulf - November 2008

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 flight deck Arabian Sea 2008

Arabian Sea - November 2008

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Persian Gulf 2008

Persian Gulf - October 2008

 

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Persian Gulf - October 2008

 

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Persian Gulf - October 2008

 

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Persian Gulf - October 2008

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 Wasp class amphibious assault ship

Persian Gulf - October 2008

 

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Persian Gulf - October 2008

 

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Persian Gulf - October 2008

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Gulf of Oman 2008

Gulf of Oman - October 2008

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Indian Ocean 2008

Indian Ocean - October 2008

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 Indian Ocean LPD-17

Indian Ocean - October 2008

 

USS Iwo Jima flight deck 2008

Indian Ocean - October 2008

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Suez Canal 2008

Suez Canal - September 2008

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima AV-8B Harrier II flight operations Mediterranean Sea 2008

Mediterranean Sea - September 2008

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 Mediterranean Sea 2008

Mediterranean Sea - September 2008

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Haifa Israel 2008

Haifa, Israel - September 2008

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 Atlantic Ocean 2008

Atlantic Ocean - September 2008

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima

Atlantic Ocean - September 2008

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima well deck

Atlantic Ocean - September 2008

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 Atlantic Ocean 2008

Atlantic Ocean - September 2008

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima

Atlantic Ocean - September 2008

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Atlantic Ocean 2008

Atlantic Ocean - September 2008

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima

Atlantic Ocean - September 2008

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima

Atlantic Ocean - August 2008

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima

Atlantic Ocean - August 2008

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 well deck LCAC Atlantic Ocean 2008

Atlantic Ocean - August 2008

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 LCAC well deck

Atlantic Ocean - August 2008

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima replenishment Atlantic Ocean

Atlantic Ocean - July 2008

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 LCAC well deck

Atlantic Ocean - July 2008

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima

Atlantic Ocean - May 2008

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima

Atlantic Ocean - May 2008

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 CH-53E Super Stallions

Atlantic Ocean - May 2008

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima

Atlantic Ocean - May 2008

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima flight deck night operations

Atlantic Ocean - May 2008

 

LHD-7 Iwo Jima Port Everglades 2008

Port Everglades, Florida - May 2008

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima

Atlantic Ocean - March 2008

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima RIM-116 rolling airframe missile RAM live fire exercise

RIM-116 rolling airframe missile (RAM) live fire exercise - Atlantic Ocean - February 2008

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 RIM-7 Sea Sparrow live fire exercise 2008

RIM-7 Sea Sparrow live fire exercise - Atlantic Ocean - February 2008

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima MV-22B Osprey operations 2007

Atlantic Ocean - September 2007

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima MV-22B Osprey

Atlantic Ocean - September 2007

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 Atlantic Ocean 2007

Atlantic Ocean - September 2007

 

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Atlantic Ocean - September 2007

 

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Atlantic Ocean - September 2007

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo JimaSuez Canal 2006

Suez Canal - November 2006

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Persian Gulf 2006

Persian Gulf - October 2006

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 AV-8B Harrier LCAC Persian Gulf 2006

Persian Gulf - September 2006

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Persian Gulf 2006

Persian Gulf - September 2006

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima

Persian Gulf - September 2006

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 flight deck view

Persian Gulf - September 2006

 

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Persian Gulf - September 2006

 

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Persian Gulf - September 2006

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Persian Gulf LCAC operations 2006

Persian Gulf - September 2006

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Arabian Sea 2006

Arabian Sea - September 2006

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Arabian Sea 2006

Arabian Sea - September 2006

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima AV-8B Harrier II landing on flight deck

Arabian Sea - September 2006

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Arabian Sea 2006

Arabian Sea - September 2006

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 Arabian Sea 2006

Arabian Sea - September 2006

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima

Arabian Sea - September 2006

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 Gulf of Aden 2006

Gulf of Aden - August 2006

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Gulf of Aden 2006

Gulf of Aden - August 2006

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Red Sea 2006

Red Sea - August 2006

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 Red Sea 2006

Red Sea - August 2006

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Mediterranean Sea 2006

Mediterranean Sea - July 2006

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 Mediterranean Sea 2006

Mediterranean Sea - July 2006

 

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Mediterranean Sea - July 2006

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Beirut Lebanon 2006

Beirut, Lebanon - July 2006

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 Beirut Lebanon 2006

Beirut, Lebanon - July 2006

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Suez Canal 2006

Suez Canal - July 2006

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 Suez Canal 2006

Suez Canal - July 2006

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Suez Canal

Suez Canal - July 2006

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Suez Canal July 2006

Suez Canal - July 2006

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima replenishment Central Command AOR 2006

Central Command AOR - July 2006

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Central Command AOR

Central Command AOR - July 2006

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Suez Canal

Suez Canal - July 2006

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Suez

Suez Canal - July 2006

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Suez Canal July 2006

Suez Canal - July 2006

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 Marseille France June 2006

Marseille, France - June 2006

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Atlantic Ocean 2006

Atlantic Ocean - June 2006

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Norfolk 2006

Norfolk, Virginia - June 2006

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Norfolk

Norfolk, Virginia - June 2006

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7

Atlantic Ocean - April 2006

 

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Atlantic Ocean - January 2006

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7

Atlantic Ocean - January 2006

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima AV-8B Harrier II

Atlantic Ocean - January 2006

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima

Atlantic Ocean - January 2006

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 LCAC well deck operations

Atlantic Ocean - December 2005

 

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Norfolk, Virginia - October 2005

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima

Norfolk, Virginia - October 2005

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 LCAC well deck night operations

Atlantic Ocean - October 2005

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima LCU well deck operations

Atlantic Ocean - October 2005

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Gulf of Mexico 2005 MH-53E Sea Dragon

Gulf of Mexico - September 2005

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Gulf of Mexico

Gulf of Mexico - September 2005

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 New Orleans Louisiana 2005

New Orleans, Louisiana - September 2005

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana - September 2005

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima

New Orleans, Louisiana - September 2005

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima

New Orleans, Louisiana - September 2005

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 LCAC well deck oerations Gulf of Mexico 2005

Gulf of Mexico - September 2005

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Norfolk 2005

Norfolk, Virginia - August 2005

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 Wasp class amphibious assault ship US Navy

Norfolk, Virginia - August 2005

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima

Norfolk, Virginia - August 2005

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Portland Maine 2005

Portland, Maine - July 2005

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7

Atlantic Ocean - May 2005

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima AV-8B Harrier II

Atlantic Ocean - April 2005

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima

Norfolk, Virginia - July 2004

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima MV-22B Osprey

Atlantic Ocean - July 2004

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima New York City 2004

New York City - May 2004

 

USS Iwo JIma LHD-7 New York 2004

New York City - May 2004

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima New York 2004

New York City - May 2004

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 Arabian Gulf 2003

Arabian Gulf - June 2003

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Arabian Gulf 2003

Arabian Gulf - June 2003

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima

Arabian Gulf - June 2003

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7

Arabian Gulf - June 2003

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7

Arabian Gulf - June 2003

 

USS Iwo JIma LHD-7 UNREP Arabian Gulf 2003

Arabian Gulf - June 2003

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Souda Bay Crete Greece 2003

Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - April 2003

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Souda Bay Greece 2003

Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - April 2003

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Mediterranean Sea 2003

Mediterranean Sea - April 2003

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima AH-1W Super Cobra

Atlantic Ocean - March 2003

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Norfolk 2003

Norfolk, Virginia - March 2003

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima

Norfolk, Virginia - March 2003

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima

February 2003

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 New York City 2002

New York City - May 2002

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima New York 2002

New York City - May 2002

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 New York City

New York City - May 2002

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 New York fleet week 2002

New York City - May 2002

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima New York City fleet week 2002

New York City - May 2002

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima 2002

April 2002

 

USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 Litton Ingalls shipbuilding Pascagoula MS 2000

Pascagoula, Mississippi - February 2000

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Ingalls shipbuilding 2000

Pascagoula, Mississippi - February 2000

 

LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima

Pascagoula, Mississippi - February 2000

 

 

Namesake & History:

The Battle of Iwo Jima:

USS IWO JIMA (LHD 7) is named for the epic battle of February 1945, in which three divisions of the United States Marine Corps took control of the tiny island of Iwo Jima from 22,000 determined Japanese defenders.

The United States had recovered from the disastrous attack on Pearl Harbor, to the point where routine air attacks on Japanese cities could be made by heavy bombers launched from the Marianas. The successful outcome of the war seemed inevitable, but victory over the Japanese would come only at a high price. The Japanese considered Iwo Jima a part of mainland Japan, and an invader had not set foot on Japanese soil for 4,000 years.

Iwo Jima was a thorn in the side of the U.S. heavy bomber crews. Air attacks on the Marianas bomber bases, and bombers enroute to and from Japan,were launched from Iwo Jima. An assault on the island was necessary to eliminate these air attacks and to provide a haven for damaged American aircraft returning from Japan.

Amphibious forces of the U.S. Pacific Fleet attacked the fortress of Iwo Jima on February 19, 1945, with a formidable force, totaling 495 ships, including 17 aircraft carriers, 1170 planes, and 110,308 troops. Before the amphibious assault, elements of the Air Force and Army Air Corps pounded the island in the longest sustained aerial offensive of the war. Incredibly, this ferocious bombardment had little effect. Hardly any of the Japanese underground fortresses were touched.

The Japanese defenders devised a unique and deadly strategy to defend Iwo Jima from an American assault. Instead of building a barrier to stop the Americans at the beach, they fortified the interior of the island, creating a defense that could not be breached in a day.

On Feb. 19, 1945, the first wave of Marines were launched after an hour-long bombardment by the Navy’s “big guns.” The Americans planned to capture, isolate and fortify Mt. Suribachi. The success of the entire assault depended upon the early capture of the mountain.

After an hour of calm, the Japanese defenders, hiding in their network of caves and underground bunkers, unleashed a hail of gunfire. Mortars, machine guns and heavy artillery rained down from scores of machine gun nests atop Suribachi. After the first day of fighting, 566 American men were killed and 1,755 more were wounded. For the next several days, some of the bloodiest battles of the Pacific were fought on the isle of Iwo Jima.

It was a battle of attrition on terrain that had no front lines; where the attackers were exposed and the defenders fortified.

The battle for Iwo was fought desperately until March 26th, when the island was finally secured by U.S. forces. In the struggle, nearly 7,000 Americans and more than 20,000 Japanese were killed. It was one of the most savage and costly battles in the history of the Marine Corps. As Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz observed, “Among the Americans who served on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue.”

PFC Jack Lucas was 17 when he earned the Medal of Honor, the youngest awardee in our nation’s history. He leapt on two live grenades, saving countless brother Marines. A doctor aboard the hospital ship on which Lucas was treated said he was, “too damned young and too damned tough to die.” When asked, 53 years later, why he jumped on the grenades, Jack simply said, “to save my buddies.” He and his lovely wife, Ruby, are honorary crew and family members of USS IWO JIMA (LHD 7).

 

USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7):

Command Deployment History:

LHD-7 is the second ship to bear the name "IWO JIMA." The first, LPH 2, was designed from the keel up as an amphibious assault ship, was launched September 17, 1960 at Bremerton, Washington and commissioned August 26, 1961.

In September 1963, IWO JIMA (LPH 2) made her first deployment to the Western Pacific, one of six deployments the ship would make in the region. In April 1970 IWO JIMA (LPH 2) made history while serving as the Primary Recovery Ship for Apollo 13, the crippled lunar landing mission.

In June 1976, Iwo Jima (LPH 2) commenced her fourth appointment to the Mediterranean and participated in the evacuation of civilians from Beirut, Lebanon. In August 1990, two weeks after the initial deployment of troops to the Persian Gulf for operation Desert Shield, you will Jima (LPH 2) became the first amphibious assault ship to deploy to that area, and served as a part of the coalition which ultimately drove Iraq forces from Kuwait. USS Iwo Jima (LPH 2) was decommissioned in 1993.

Fabrication work for the new USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) began at Ingalls shipyard September 3, 1996, and the ships keel was laid on December 12, 1997. She was launched on February 4, 2000. USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) was christened by her sponsor, Mrs. Zandra Krulak, and Pascagoula, Mississippi on March 25, 2000.

The commissioning crew moved aboard in April of 2001, and made the ship's maiden voyage (accompanied by more than 2000 World War II veterans many of them survivors of valid Iwo Jima) on June 23, 2001. She was commissioned a week later and Pensacola Florida, on June 30, 2001. Shortly thereafter, the ship and crew began an accelerated enter deployment training cycle, which tested virtually every system on board in realistic combat conditions.

Together with the 26th Marine expeditionary unit (special operations capable), USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) completed her maiden, eight-month deployment in October 2003.

Completing essentially four deployments in one, Iwo Jima's operational capabilities were put to the test as the ship inserted Marines from 26MEU (SOC) into Northern Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, patrolled by the Persian Gulf in stifling summer heat, conducted operations in and around Djibouti as a part of Operation Enduring Freedom, the spearheaded and peace keeping mission of the coast of the war-torn nation of Liberia.

The ship transited the Straits of Gibraltar, Suez Canal, Bab Tel Mandeb, and the streets of Hormuz twice each on its 45,000 nautical mile maiden deployment.

In August 2005 Iwo Jima (LHD 7) emerged as the center of Joint Task Force Katrina and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) led recovery and assistance efforts in the battered cities of Biloxi gulf port in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina's landfall that year. For more than a month, the ship provided crucial hospital, flight deck and a myriad of other relief capabilities to the devastated region.

February 19, 2006 five ships, one submarine and nearly 3500 sailors and readings from the USS Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) successfully completed their ESG integrated training (ESGINT) exercise, Feb. 14, while operating in Onslow Bay, N. C.

June 6, 2006 USS Iwo Jima, commanded by Capt. Michael A. Wally departed from Naval Station Norfolk for six months to conduct maritime security operations in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

July 4, 2006 USS IWO JIMA Expeditionary Strike Group transited the Suez Canal to relieve the USS Peleliu on her duty in the US Fifth Fleet area of operations. The ESG conducted maritime security operations (MSO) throughout the region and support further testing from the US Central Command (CENTCOM).

July 18, 2006 U.S. Sailors and Marines from the LHD 7 Expeditionary Strike Group and 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit were directed to assist the authorized departure of American citizens from Lebanon. The U.S. Embassy in Lebanon has requested military assistance to help American citizens who wish to depart Lebanon to leave in a secure and orderly manner.

October 2, AV-8B Harriers, as a part of the 24th Marine expeditionary unit air combat element (ACE) that were attached to USS Iwo Jima, completed combat missions September 21 in direct support of operation enduring freedom, against Taliban strongholds in Afghanistan. To date, the Harriers have completed approximately 136 sorties to include 17 precision guided munitions in support of OEF and coalition efforts.

December 6, 2006 USS Iwo Jima returned to Norfolk after six-month deployment.

June 11, 2007 the amphibious assault ship departed for sea trials after spending nearly 4 months at BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair.

September 27, 2007 IWO JIMA was underway in the Atlantic Ocean for sea trials. This is the first time the IWO JIMA is conducting flight deck operations with the MV-22 Osprey in more than two years.

April 28, 2008 USS Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group pulled into Port Everglades, Florida, for Fleet Week.

July 21, 2008 USS Iwo Jima ESG and BNS Greenhalgh (F 46) participated in a Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPTUEX) July 8-18, marking the first time a Brazilian Navy service unit fully integrated into a U.S. Strike Group. Iwo Jima and Greenhalgh then participated in USS Theodore Roosevelt's (CVN 71) upcoming Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 08-4 July 21 - 31.

August 26, 2008 USS Iwo Jima departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled appointment in the US Central Command Area of Responsibility (AOR).

September 21, 2008 a group of 50 senior civilian officials in 19 staff members from the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC) visited Iwo Jima off the coast of Crete, Greece.

September 23, 2008 USS Iwo Jima ESG transited the Suez Canal and entered the Fifth Fleet AOR.

March 27, 2009 USS Iwo Jima returned to Norfolk after completing the seven-month underway period.

May 20, 2009 the Iwo Jima arrived in New York City to participate in the 22nd commemoration of Fleet Week New York City 2009.

July 9, 2009 USS Iwo Jima surged to the Gulf of Guyana to support the US President Barack Obama's visit to Ghana July 10-11 for operation JUPITER SENTINEL.

From October to December 2009, Iwo Jima went through successful CNO availability at BAE systems shipyard. During that time, IWO JIMA scored high marks during the light off assessment November 23-25, 2009. For the remainder of 2009 IWO JIMA remained in port at Naval Station Norfolk.

Since the start of 2010, Team IWO prepared for Inspection and Survey (INSURV) that took place April before leaving later that month for Fleet week Port Everglades.

May 25, 2010 USS Iwo Jima departed for New York City for the 23rd annual commemoration of Fleet Week New York City.

July 12, 2010, IWO JIMA deployed to participate in CONTINUING PROMISE 2010 (CP10) which encompassed joint civil-military operations including humanitarian and civic assistance, as well as veterinary, medical, dental and civil engineering support to eight partner nations, and to send a strong message of commitment, partnership and cooperation to Central and South America. Her accomplishments include maintaining the highest level of readiness and professionalism by seamlessly integrating with Marines and Sailors from Company A, 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 774 and MACS-2. Onboard IWO JIMA, the CP10 medical contingent of more than 500 joint military and international medical professionals and non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) worked alongside host nationals to triage more than 39,000 primary care patients, perform 320 shipboard surgeries, dispense 76,000 prescriptions, and provide more than 26,000 veterinary services. In addition, military engineering teams and volunteers completed 26 projects to include building playgrounds, fencing and refurbishing schools and hospitals. During CP10, IWO JIMA was redirected to Haiti to provide Hurricane Assistance and Disaster Relief in the wake of Hurricane Tomas early November. Upon arrival, she provided timely and accurate damage assessments by conducting eight aerial reconnaissance flights incorporating non-traditional intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance processes in order to determine the extent of damage and obstruction to main lines of communication along Haiti’s southern peninsula. Once it was determined IWO JIMA mission was complete in Haiti She was released for one last logistics and replenishment port visit in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba before heading to Onslow Bay, N.C. to begin the off load of the CP10 contingent commands before returning to her Norfolk Va. Homeport November 18, 2010.

April 26, 2011 IWO JIMA arrived at Port Everglades Florida for Broward Navy Days.

May 25, 2011 Iwo JIMA arrived in New York City for the 24th annual commemoration of Fleet Week New York City.

 

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