USS MIGUEL KEITH ESB 5
The Miguel Keith is the third Montford Point-class expeditionary sea base and the first ship in the U.S. Navy named in honor of Marine Corps Lance Corporal Miguel Keith who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his heroism on May 8, 1970, during combat in Quang Ngai Province, South Vietnam, while assigned to the Combined Action Platoon 1-3-2, III Marine Amphibious Force.
May 3, 2021 USNS Miguel Keith (T-ESB 5) moored at Berth M/N, Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado, California.
May 8, USNS Miguel Keith was redesignated into a commissioned warship USS Miguel Keith (ESB 5) during a 10 a.m. PST ceremony at NAS North Island. Capt. Troy A. Fendrick is the first commanding officer and will lead a hybrid crew of U.S. Navy Sailors and civilian mariners.
May 10, The Miguel Keith moved from Naval Air Station North Island to Berth 5, Pier 3 on Naval Base San Diego; Underway in the SOCAL Op. Area from July 26-30 and Aug. 10-20.
September 7, USS Miguel Keith (Blue) departed San Diego to be forward-deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR).
September 14, The Miguel Keith moored at Pier H2 on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, for a six-day port call; Anchored off White Beach Naval Facalilty in Okinawa, Japan, from Oct. 4-6; Anchored at A-39 in Sasebo Harbor from Oct. 9-12; Transited the Osumi Strait eastbound on Oct. 13.
October 14, USS Miguel Keith moored at General Purpose Wharf on Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture, for a four-day port call; Anchored off White Beach Naval Facalilty again from Oct. 20-22 and Oct. 23-25.
November 11, USS Miguel Keith moored at Pier 8 in Busan North Port, Republic of Korea, for a 12-day port call; Moored at New Ammo Pier, Chinhae Naval Base from Nov. 23- Jan. 11; Moored at General Purpose Wharf, MCAS Iwakuni from Jan. 13-20.
January 22, 2022 The Miguel Keith anchored approximately 1 n.m. off the coast of White Beach Naval Facalilty in Okinawa for a two-day stop; Anchored off White Beach again for a brief stop on Jan. 29.
February 7, USS Miguel Keith participated in a photo exercise (PHOTOEX) with the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), USS Essex (LHD 2), USS America (LHA 6), USS Ashland (LSD 48), USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), USS Dewey (DDG 105), USS Spruance (DDG 111) and JS Kongo (DDG 173), while underway as a "show of force" northeast of Philippines; Moored at Berth 2/3, Tango Wharf in Naval Base Guam on Feb. 1?.
February 21, Capt. Patrick A. Keller (Gold) assumed command of the ESB 5 during a crew exchange ceremony aboard the ship in Apra Harbor, Guam.
March 2, The Miguel Keith departed Naval Base Guam; Anchored off White Beach from March 16-17; Moored at Alava Pier in Subic Bay, Philippines, from March 23-25; Anchored off White Beach on April 12.?
April 18, USS Miguel Keith recently moored at General Purpose Wharf on MCAS Iwakuni for a scheduled port call; Moored at Akasaki Pier in Fleet Activities Sasebo from May 11-12 and May 21-23; Moored at MCAS Iwakuni again from May 25- June ?.