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US Navy - Amphibious Transport Dock
LPD 19 - USS Mesa Verde
 
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02/19
Type, class: Amphibious Transport Dock (LPD); San Antonio class
 

Builder:
Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Ingalls Operations, Pascagoula, Mississippi, USA
(now a part of Huntington Ingalls Industries)

  
STATUS:
Awarded: February 29, 2000
Laid down: February 25, 2003
Launched: November 19, 2004
Commissioned: December 15, 2007
IN SERVICE
 

Homeport: Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia
 Namesake: Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
Ships Motto: COURAGE - TEAMWORK - TRADITION
Technical Data: see: INFO > San Antonio class Amphibious Transport Dock - LPD
 
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in dry dock at NASSCO shipyard, Norfolk, Virginia - January 2019

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entering dry dock at NASSCO shipyard, Norfolk, Virginia - May 2018

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returning to Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia - September 2017

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Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - March 2017

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Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - March 2017

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departing Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia - February 2017

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Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia - February 2017

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Atlantic Ocean - January 2017

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Atlantic Ocean - January 2017

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Atlantic Ocean - January 2017

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Atlantic Ocean - January 2017

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Atlantic Ocean - January 2017

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Atlantic Ocean - January 2017

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Atlantic Ocean - January 2017

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well deck operations - December 2016

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well deck operations - October 2016

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Caribbean Sea - October 2016

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Caribbean Sea - October 2016

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Caribbean Sea - October 2016

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Chesapeake Bay - October 2016

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5th Fleet AOR - August 2014

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5th Fleet AOR - August 2014

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5th Fleet AOR - August 2014

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5th Fleet AOR - August 2014

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5th Fleet AOR - August 2014

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5th Fleet AOR - August 2014

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5th Fleet AOR - August 2014

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Arabian Gulf - June 2014

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5th Fleet AOR - June 2014

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Arabian Sea - April 2014

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Gulf of Aden - March 2014

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Haifa, Israel - March 2014

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Haifa, Israel - March 2014

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February 2014

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departing Norfolk, Virginia - February 2014

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December 2013

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a landing craft, air-cushioned (LCAC) prepares to depart the well deck - December 2013

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with AAV's in the well deck - December 2013

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landing craft, utility (LCU 1660) in the well deck - December 2013

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December 2013

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December 2013

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flight deck night operations - December 2013

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Atlantic Ocean - November 2013

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Mediterranean Sea - October 2011

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well deck operations - June 2011

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Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - June 2011

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Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - June 2011

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Mediterranean Sea - May 2011

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Mediterranean Sea - May 2011

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Atlantic Ocean - April 2011

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departing Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia - March 2011

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departing Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia - March 2011

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5th Fleet AOR - July 2010

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flight deck with CH-53E Super Stallion, MV-22B Osprey, UH-1Y Venom, AH-1W Super Cobra -  5th Fleet AOR - June 2010

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5th Fleet AOR - March 2010

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Red Sea - February 2010

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Suez Canal, Egypt - February 2010

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Naval Station Rota, Spain - February 2010

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Naval Station Rota, Spain - February 2010

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departing Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia - January 2010

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April 2009

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April 2009

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during exercise UNITAS GOLD 09 - Atlantic Ocean - April 2009

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shock trials - August 2008

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shock trials - August 2008

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landing craft, air-cushioned (LCAC) in the well deck - Panama City, Florida - December 2007


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commissioning ceremony - Panama City, Florida - December 15, 2007


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sea trials - 2007


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christening ceremony - Pascagoula, Mississippi - January 15, 2005

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christening ceremony - Pascagoula, Mississippi - January 15, 2005

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under construction at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Ingalls Operations, Pascagoula, Mississippi

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under construction at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Ingalls Operations, Pascagoula, Mississippi

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under construction at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Ingalls Operations, Pascagoula, Mississippi

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under construction at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Ingalls Operations, Pascagoula, Mississippi
   
 
USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19):
 
Name:
Then Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig announced the decision to name the third amphibious transport dock ship of the San Antonio Class, "Mesa Verde" (LPD 19). The ship is named in recognition of the Mesa Verde National Park in Southwestern Colorado. This will be the first U. S. Navy ship named Mesa Verde.

Namesake:
Congress established Mesa Verde, meaning "green table" in Spanish, as the first cultural park in the National Park System in 1906 to preserve the notable cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Puebloan culture. The park received greater recognition in 1978 when it was designated a World Cultural Heritage Site by the United Nations. Occupying part of a large sandstone plateau rising above the Montezuma and Mancos valleys, Mesa Verde National Park is 81 square miles, consisting of 52,122 acres and rising more than 8,500 feet above sea level. Mesa Verde National Park serves as a spectacular reminder of the 13 centuries-old Ancestral Puebloan culture by preserving hundreds of dwellings and artifacts.

"Mesa Verde is a jewel of our National Park system that celebrates the extraordinary beauty and diversity of that region and our nation," said Secretary Danzig. "The real richness of Mesa Verde and that of our country's naval service, however, lies in the people -- the remarkable legacy of their past and a future with great promise. The naming of the USS Mesa Verde establishes a strong and fundamental link between this nation and those who serve and truly value that bond."

Secretary of Interior Bruce Babbitt expressed his support. "Congratulations to Secretary Danzig and the Department of the Navy. “The Department of Interior is especially appreciative that the Navy named the third amphibious transport dock ship after Mesa Verde," said Babbitt. "Naturally, we find the name choice excellent because it honors early American culture as well as the first national park created to preserve cultural history. It seems somehow fitting to name a state-of-the-art ship with a name connoting timeless cultural values in Colorado."

The archeological sites found in Mesa Verde are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States. Mesa Verde National Park offers visitors a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people. Scientists study the ancient dwellings of Mesa Verde, in part, by making comparisons between the Ancestral Pueblo people and their contemporary indigenous descendants who still live in the Southwest today. Twenty-four Native American tribes in the southwest have an ancestral affiliation with the sites at Mesa Verde.

Ship Yard:
In July 2001, Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine cut the first pieces of steel that would become USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19). After the Memorandum of Understanding between Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics, responsibility for construction of Mesa Verde was transferred to Northrop Grumman Ships Systems, Ingalls Operations in Pascagoula, MS in 2002.

Keel Laying:
The keel was laid for LPD 19 on February 25, 2003 at Northrop Grumman Ships Systems, Ingalls Operations in Pascagoula, MS.

Christening Ceremony:
Mrs Linda Campbell, wife of Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Colorado, is LPD 19’s sponsor and christened the ship Mesa Verde on January 15, 2005 in Pascagoula, MS. The ceremony also included a Native American blessing provided by Peter Pino, tribal administrator of Pueblo Zia.

Mast Installation:
Mesa Verde is the third LPD 17 class ship to receive two Advanced Enclosed Mast/Sensor systems. The ship’s mast stepping ceremony was held prior to christening on 14 January 2005.

Commissioning Ceremony:
USS Mesa Verde was be commissioned in December 2007. The ceremony was held in Panama City, Florida.
 
Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado:
 
Mesa Verde National Park was established in 1906 to preserve sites built by "Pre-Columbian Indians" on mesa tops and in canyon alcoves. The park, containing 52,073 acres of Federal land, is a unit of the National Park System, and the NPS, a division of the Department of Interior, administers this site.

Mesa Verde (taken from the Spanish words used to describe the green plateaus of the region) rises high above the surrounding country. For 750 years, the Ancestral Puebloans occupied the area within the park. From the hundreds of dwellings that remain, archeologists have compiled one of the most significant chapters in the story of prehistoric America.
There are over 4,000 known archeological sites in Mesa Verde National Park, 600 of which are cliff dwellings. Only a few of these sites have been excavated.

The Ancestral Puebloan people moved up onto the mesa somewhere around AD 500. Although they used the cliff alcoves consistently throughout the time they were in the area, they did not build the cliff dwellings as such until around AD 1200.

The dwellings represent a massive construction project, yet the people lived in them only about 75 to 100 years. By AD 1300 they had migrated on to other areas to the south.

The people who lived in Mesa Verde are sometimes referred to as the "Anasazi," a Navajo Indian word meaning "ancient ones" or "ancient foreigners." In recognition that the people who once lived here are not only the ancestors of some of the Navajo, but also ancestral to most tribes living in the southwest, we now refer to the ancient people of Mesa Verde as the Ancestral Puebloan people. There are 24 tribes that affirm an ancestral affiliation with Mesa Verde National Park. Tribes affiliated with the park include all of the pueblos of New Mexico, the Hopi tribe in Arizona, as well as the Ute and Navajo peoples.
 
 
 
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