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 ?.
July ?, USS Miguel Keith moored at Berth 2/3, Tango Wharf in Apra Harbor for a crew exchange; Departed Guam on July 2?; Transited the Osumi Strait westbound on July 25; Arrived off the east coast of Okinawa on Aug. ?; Moored at Rivera Wharf East in Subic Bay, Philippines, from Aug. 25- Sept. 6; Brief stop in Sagami Wan on Sept. 16; Transited the Osumi Strait westbound on Sept. 22.
September 23, The Miguel Keith (Blue) moored at Akasaki Pier in Fleet Activities Sasebo for a week-long port call; Anchored in Subic Bay from Oct. 14-15; Moored at Berth 6/7, Harbour Terminal in Port of Sriracha, Thailand, from Oct. 22- Dec. 21.
December 21, USS Miguel Keith (Gold) made a brief stop off the coast of Laem Chabang, Thailand, on Wednesday evening; Moored at Berth 3/4, RSS Singapura from Dec. 29- Jan. 7; Conducted operations off the southeast coast of Okinawa from Jan. 16- Feb. 6; Anchored off White Beach from Feb. 7-8.
February 14, 2023 USS Miguel Keith moored at Pier 8 in Busan North Port, Republic of Korea, for a 15-day port call; Transited the Korean Strait northbound on March 6; Moored at Berth 3, Juliet Basin Wharf in Fleet Activities Sasebo from March 9-14; Moored at Berth 2/3, Tango Wharf in Apra Harbor, Guam, from March 27- April 3; Transited the San Bernardino Strait southbound on April 8; Transited the Verde Island Passage westbound, just after midnight, on April 9.
April 10, The Miguel Keith anchored south of HHIC Phil shipyard in Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, for a two-day stop before participating in annual exercise Balikatan; Participated in a PHOTOEX, with the USS Makin Island (LHD 8) ARG and three Philippine Navy ships, on April 19; Moored at Berth 2/3, Tango Wharf in Apra Harbor from May 1-8; Transited the Balabac Strait westbound, just before midnight, on May 14.
May 18, USS Miguel Keith moored at Berth 4, RSS Singapura for a 20-day port call; Moored at Berth 7/8, India Basin in Fleet Activities Sasebo from June 17-25; Moored at Berth 2/3, Tango Wharf in Apra Harbor, Guam, from June 30- July 3; Moored at Hayes Dock 3, Port Botany in Sydney, Australia, from July 14-17.
From July 20-22, the Miguel Keith conducted operations off the coast of Gladstone, Australia, in support of exercise Talisman Sabre 23; Anchored approx. 12 n.m. off Gladstone from July 22-23; Conducted a replenishment-at-sea with the USNS Yukon (T-AO 202) on July 24; Anchored off Gladstone again from July 27-28.
From July 30- August 1, the Miguel Keith conducted search operations, approx. 3 n.m. south of Hamilton Island, following the Queensland's Army MRH-90 Taipan helicopter crash on late Friday evening; Anchored approx. 2 n.m. north of Hayman Island, for an overnight stop, just after midnight on Aug. 2; Moored at Cruiser Wharf, Garden Island Naval Base in Sydney, Australia, from Aug. 5-9.
August 14, USS Miguel Keith recently arrived off the west coast of Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea, for Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Response (HA/DR) operations, following the volcanic eruption of Mount Bagana in July; Moored at Berth 2/3, Tango Wharf in Apra Harbor from Aug. 19-24; Moored at Kilo Wharf for a brief stop on Aug. 25.
September 2, The Miguel Keith moored at Pier 8 in Busan North Port, Republic of Korea, for a 17-day visit; Brief stop in Sagami Wan on Sept. 27; Moored at Berth 2/3, Tango Wharf in Apra Harbor from Oct. 13-20; Moored at Tango Wharf again, after conducted operations off the west coast of Guam, from Oct. 23-24; Transited the Surigao Strait southbound on Oct. 28.
November 3, USS Miguel Keith moored at Berth 6/7, Harbour Terminal in Port of Sriracha, Thailand.