Amphibious Transport Dock

LPD 19  -  USS Mesa Verde

 

 

LPD-19 USS Mesa Verde patch crest insignia

USS Mesa Verde LPD 19 San Antonio class amphibious transport dock US Navy NGSS Ingalls Pascagoula Mississippi

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

ACTIVE UNIT / in commission (Atlantic Fleet)

Homeport:

 

Naval Base Norfolk, Virginia

Namesake:

 

named for the Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

Ship's Motto:

 

COURAGE - TEAMWORK - TRADITION

Technical Data:

(Measures, Propulsion,

Armament, Aviation, etc.)

 

see: INFO > San Antonio - class Amphibious Transport Dock

 

ship images

 

5th Fleet AOR - June 2014

 

lpd 19 uss mesa verde san antonio class amphibious transport dock helicopter flight deck hangar

Atlantic Ocean - February 2014

 

Norfolk, Virginia - February 2014

 

Atlantic Ocean - December 2013

 

Atlantic Ocean - December 2013

 

lpd 19 uss mesa verde well deck lcac operations

Atlantic Ocean - December 2013

 

lpd 19 uss mesa verde flight deck mv-22 osprey operations

Atlantic Ocean - December 2013

 

LPD-19 USS Mesa Verde Arabian Gulf 2012

Arabian Gulf - January 2012

 

LPD-19 USS Mesa Verde Gulf of Aden 2011

Gulf of Aden - November 2011

 

USS Mesa Verde LPD-19 Mediterranean Sea 2011

Mediterranean Sea - October 2011

 

LPD-19 USS Mesa Verde Atlantic Ocean 2011

Atlantic Ocean - June 2011

 

LPD-19 USS Mesa Verde Souda Bay Crete Greece 2011

Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - June 2011

 

USS Mesa Verde LPD-19 Souda Bay Greece

Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - June 2011

 

LPD-19 USS Mesa Verde Mediterranean Sea 2011

Mediterranean Sea - May 2011

 

USS Mesa Verde LPD-19 Mediterranean Sea 2011

Mediterranean Sea - May 2011

 

LPD-19 USS Mesa Verde

Mediterranean Sea - May 2011

 

USS Mesa Verde LPD-19

Mediterranean Sea - May 2011

 

LPD-19 USS Mesa Verde LCAC

Mediterranean Sea - May 2011

 

LPD-19 USS Mesa Verde

Atlantic Ocean - April 2011

 

LPD-19 USS Mesa Verde Norfolk Virginia 2011

Norfolk, Virginia - March 2011

 

LPD-19 USS Mesa Verde

Norfolk, Virginia - March 2011

 

USS Mesa Verde LPD-19 Norfolk Virginia homeport

Norfolk, Virginia - March 2011

 

LPD-19 USS Mesa Verde 5th Fleet AOR

5th Fleet AOR - July 2010

 

USS Mesa Verde LPD-19

5th Fleet AOR - June 2010

 

LPD-19 USS Mesa Verde MV-22 Osprey flight deck

5th Fleet AOR - June 2010

 

LPD-19 USS Mesa Verde Arabian Gulf

Arabian Gulf - May 2010

 

LPD-19 USS Mesa Verde Manama Bahrain 2010

Manama, Bahrain - May 2010

 

LPD-19 USS Mesa Verde

5th Fleet AOR - March 2010

 

LPD-19 USS Mesa Verde Red Sea 2010

Red Sea - February 2010

 

USS Mesa Verde LPD-19 Suez Canal 2010

Suez Canal - February 2010

 

LPD-19 USS Mesa Verde Suez Canal 2010

Suez Canal - February 2010

 

LPD-19 USS Mesa Verde Rota Spain 2010

Rota, Spain - February 2010

 

USS Mesa Verde LPD-19 Rota Spain

Rota, Spain - February 2010

 

LPD-19 USS Mesa Verde arrives Rota Spain

Rota, Spain - February 2010

 

LPD-19 USS Mesa Verde Norfolk Virginia 2010

Norfolk, Virginia - January 2010

 

LPD-19 USS Mesa Verde Caribbean Sea 2009

Caribbean Sea - September 2009

 

LPD-19 USS Mesa Verde

Atlantic Ocean - April 2009

 

LPD-19 USS Mesa Verde Atlantic Ocean 2009

Atlantic Ocean - April 2009

 

LPD-19 USS Mesa Verde

Atlantic Ocean - April 2009

 

LPD-19 USS Mesa Verde

Atlantic Ocean - April 2009

 

USS Mesa Verde LPD-19 LCAC returning to the well deck

Atlantic Ocean - April 2009

 

LPD-19 USS Mesa Verde LCAC

Atlantic Ocean - April 2009

 

LPD-19 USS Mesa Verde shock tests off Florida 2008

shock tests - off Florida - August 2008

 

LPD-19 USS Mesa Verde shock trials off Florida

shock tests - off Florida - August 2008

 

LPD-19 USS Mesa Verde LCAC well deck

Atlantic Ocean - May 2008

 

USS Mesa Verde LPD 19 and Landing Craft Air-Cushioned LCAC-39 - Panama City, Florida 2007

Landing Craft Air-Cushioned (LCAC-39) was stowed aboard USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) - Panama City, Florida - December 2007

 

LPD-19 USS Mesa Verde commissioning ceremony Panama City Florida December 2007

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

 

 

USS Mesa Verde LPD-19

 

USS Mesa Verde LPD 19 San Antonio class amphibious transport dock

 

USS Mesa Verde LPD 19 during builders sea trials 2007

underway during builders sea trials - December 2007

 

 

LPD-19 USS Mesa Verde

 

USS Mesa Verde LPD-19

 

LPD-19 USS Mesa Verde

 

LPD-19 USS Mesa Verde

 

USS Mesa Verde LPD 19

 

LPD-19 USS Mesa Verde

 

LPD-19 USS Mesa Verde christening ceremony Pascagoula Mississippi January 2005

christening ceremony - Pascagoula, Mississippi - January 15, 2005

 

LPD-19 USS Mesa Verde christening crew

 

 

LPD-19 USS Mesa Verde construction

November 2004

 

USS Mesa Verde LPD 19 Northrop Grumman Ingalls Pascagoula MS

November 2004

 

LPD-19 USS Mesa Verde Northrop Grumman Ingalls construction

November 2004

 

USS Mesa Verde LPD 19 under construction at NGSS Ingalls Pascagoula

November 2004

 

LPD-19 USS Mesa Verde mast setting

 

LPD-19 USS Mesa Verde under construction at NGSS Ingalls Pascagoula

while under construction - September 2004

 

 

Namesake & History:

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.

 

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado LPD-19

 

 

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.

 

patches

 

USS Mesa Verde LPD 19 crest insignia patch

 

 

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