USS KEARSARGE
LHD 3
  
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The Kearsarge (LHD 3) is the third Wasp-class amphibious assault ship of the United States Navy. She is the fifth ship to be named (the fourth actually commissioned) in honor of the sloop-of-war that gained fame during the American Civil War, which was in turn named for Mount Kearsarge in New Hampshire. The contract to build her was awarded to Ingalls on Nov 20, 1987. The keel was laid on February 6, 1990, and she was launched on March 26, 1992.

April 19, 1993 The Pre-Commissioning Unit Kearsarge departed Ingalls Shipbuilding for the first time to conduct Builder's sea trials. Acceptance trials conducted from June 14-17 and July 30-31. The amphibious assault ship was delivered to the U.S. Navy on Aug. 16. USS Kearsarge was commissioned on October 16. Capt. David J. Montgomery in command. The ship departed Pascagoula, Miss., on Oct. 19 and arrived at its homeport of Naval Station Norfolk on 26th.

November 8, The Kearsarge commenced Fitting Out Availability while pierside at Norfolk, Va.

February 22, 1994 USS Kearsarge departed homeport for Refresher Training (REFTRA) in the Guantanamo Bay Op. Area.

April 7, LHD 3 departed Naval Station Norfolk for Combat Systems Ships Qualifications Trials (CSSQT) in the Puerto Rican OPAREA.

May 4, The Kearsagre underway for final contract trials with the Board of Inspection ans Survey (INSURV).

June 2, The amphibious assault ship arrived in New York City to participate in Fleet Week.

August 22, USS Kearsarge entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va., for a three-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA).

November 18, The Kearsarge underway for Joint Task Force (JTF) 1-95. Embarked Marines from 2nd Bn, 6th Regt. for Type Commanders Amphibious Training (TCAT), Nov. 28- Dec. 16.

January 13, 1995 Capt. Christopher W. Cole relieved Capt. David J. Montgomery as commanding officer of LHD 3.

From Jan. 19 through Feb. 6, the Kearsarge participated in Special Operations Capability Exercise (SOCEX) and Joint Forces Exercise (JTFEX).

March 22, USS Kearsarge, along with USS Nashville (LPD 13), USS Pensacola (LSD 38) and the 24th MEU, departed Norfolk for its maiden Mediterranean deployment.

April 5, The Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) pulled into Naval Station Rota, Spain, for a five-day port call and a turnover with USS Nassau (LHA 4) ARG as Commander, Task Force (TF) 61.

April 11, USS Kearsarge arrived in Malaga, Spain, for a four-day port visit. After a visit to Alicante from April 24-29, the ship participated in exercise Destined Glory from May 1 through 11, that included complete off-load and backload of all 24th MEU vehicles.

May 12, The Kearsarge arrived in Marseille, France, for a four-day port visit. LHD 3 entered the Adriatic Sea on May 29.

June 2, USS Kearsarge ARG was put on 24 hour TRAP Alert, after U.S. Air Force Capt. Scott O'Grady was shot down near Mrkonjic Grad, Bosnia and Herzegovina, by a Bosnian Serb SA-6, while he was patrolling the no-fly zone in his F-16C from 555th Fighter Squadron. He was rescued on June 8, by two CH-53 Stallions with 51 Marines from the 24th MEU, after six days behind enemy lines.

June 10, The Kearsarge anchored off Trieste, Italy, for a three-day port visit; and Naples, Italy, June 21-27.

July 12, The amphibious assault ship anchored off the coast of Corfu for a four-day visit to Greece before participating in Albanian SAREX (Rescue Eagle), July 17-21.

July 31, LHD 3 pulled into Valletta, Malta, for a three-day port call. Another visit to Corfu, Greece, from Aug. 21-24. Port visit to Barcelona, Spain, Aug. 29- Sept. 1.

The Amphibious Ready Group rejoined in Rota, Spain, from Sept. 4-8, to conduct agricultural counter-measure washdowns of all embarked equipment.

On Sept. 9, The Kearsarge ARG rendezvoused with the Wasp (LHD 1) ARG to conduct a turnover. On Sept. 20 three ships arrived in Onslow Bay, North Carolina, where the 24th MEU debarked and to pick up "Tigers".

September 22, USS Kearsarge returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a six-month deployment.

November 10, The Kearsarge arrived in New York City to participate in Veterans Day Parade. Port visit to Newport, R.I., Nov. 14-17, for Navy schools.

From Dec. 11-14, the amphibious assault ship offloaded ammunition in preparation for a four-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) at NNSY.

January 10, 1996 USS Kearsarge entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for a SRA. Departed for sea trials on May 1.

May 10, The Kearsagre completed a four-day deperming process at Magnetic Silencing Facility in Norfolk.

May 23, Capt. Micahael T. Wittkamp relieved Capt. Christopher W. Cole as CO of USS Kearsarge.

June 24, The Kearsarge underway for a Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) I. Entered the Naval Weapons Station in Earle, N.J., on July 9, to onload ammunition.

July 26, USS Kearsarge departed Norfolk for a Friends and Family Day Cruise.

September 17, The amphibious assault ship departed homeport for TSTA III and ITT. Underway for TSTA IV and Type Commander's Amphibious Test (TCAT) from Sept. 30 through Oct. 8. Final Evaluation Phase (FEP) from Oct. 14-18. Underway again from Nov. 5-9, for TCAT.

December 13, The Kearsarge departed Naval Station Norfolk for PHIBRON/MEU Integration Training (PMINT).

January 13, 1997 LHD 3 underway for routine training in the Virginia Capes (VACAPES) Operating Area.

Underway from Feb. 4-14, for a Comprehensive Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) and Supporting Arms Coordination Exercise (SACEX). Underway from March 6-24, for a Joint Fleet Exercise (JTFEX) 97-2.

April 15, USS Kearsarge departed Norfolk for a six-month deployment, with the 22nd MEU, to relieve USS Nassau (LHA 4) off the west African coast in anticipation of a noncombatant evacuation from the unstable country of Zaire.

After supporting Operation Guardian Retrieval from May 3-26, off Zaire, and Operation Noble Obelisk from May 27- June 5, off the coast of Sierra Leone, the Kearsarge arrived in Las Palmas, Spain, for a four-day visit to Gran Canaria. The total number of evacuees transported from Freetown to Conacry, Guinea, during the six-day evulution was 2500.

June 16, USS Kearsarge pulled into Naval Station Rota, Spain, for a three-day port call. The ship arrived in Naples, Italy, June 26 for a 10-day upkeep.

From July 10-18, the Kearsarge ARG participated in exercise INVITEX '97 in the Ionian Sea; and exercise Atlas Hinge, off the coast of Tunisia, July 21-28.

July 28, LHD 3 arrived in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, for a week-long port visit.

August 11, The amphibious assault ship arrived again at Naval Station Rota for a 10-day Standdown period.

August 29, USS Kearsarge arrived in Barcelona, Spain, for a seven-day visit. Port visit to Valencia, Spain, from Sept. 6-13.

September 24, The Kearsarge arrived in Rota, Spain, for an eight-day port call to conduct agricultural counter-measure washdown.

October 15, USS Kearsarge returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet AoR.

November 14, Capt. Peter A. Masciangelo relieved Capt. Micahael T. Wittkamp as comanding officer of the LHD 3.

From Nov. 18-20, the Kearsarge offloaded ammunition at Naval Weapons Station Earle, New Jersey.

December 9, The amphibious assault ship departed Norfolk for Type Commander's Amphibious Test (TCAT) 98-1.

January 12, 1998 USS Kearsarge entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) for a four-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).

May 9, The Kearsarge returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a three-day sea trials.

May 20, LHD 3 arrived at Homeport Pier in Staten Island to participate in the Fleet Week New York. The ship arrived at Leonardo Pier, Naval Weapons Station Earle on May 29, to onload ammunition.

June 8, USS Kearsarge departed homeport for a four-day Command Assessment of Readiness and Training (CART II) and Engineering Certification.

The Kearsarge was underway for TSTA I from June 22-26, July 6-10 and July 13-17. TSTA II from Aug. 29- Set. 4.

September 15, USS Kearsarge departed Norfolk for a 10-day TSTA III and TCAT at Cherry Point Op. Area. Underway off the coast of Virginia for FEP, Oct. 13-15 and deck landing qualifications with the 2nd MAW, Oct. 26-29.

December 14, The Kearsarge departed Norfolk for a week-long PHIBRON/MEU Integration Training (PMINT).

January 25, 1999 USS Kearsarge ARG departed for Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise (MEUEX).

From Feb. 11 through March 3, the Amphibious Ready Group participated in Joint Forces Exercise (JTFEX), Supporting Arms Coordination Exercise (SACEX) and Special Operations Capability Exercise (SOCEX) in the Cherry Point and Puerto Rican Operating Areas.

April 1, The Kearsarge departed homeport for a Dependent's Day Cruise.

April 14, USS Kearsarge departed Naval Station Norfolk for its third Mediterranean deployment.

April 28, USS Kearsarge ARG arrived in Adriatic Sea to relieve USS Nassau (LHA 4) ARG as CTF- 61/62 for Operation Noble Anvil/Allied Force.

The three ships deployed Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit into Albania, to construct a camp for refugees fleeing the fighting in Kosovo. Marine Corps AV-8B Harriers conducted numerous bombing runs into Kosovo during the NATO-led effort to remove Serbian armed forces from the province.

May 29, The Kearsarge arrived in Brindisi, Italy, for a five-day port visit. Backloaded Marines from Albania on June 4. While on station in the Adriatic Sea, The ARG conducted 45 Harrier strike missions and 1335 helicopter missions in direct support of Allied Force and Noble Anvil.

From June 7-30, USS Kearsarge operated in Aegean Sea in support of Operation Joint Guardian. On June 10, commenced off-load of 26th MEU across Litokhoron beach, Greece, for movement to Skopje, FYROM.

June 24, LHD 3 arrived in Haifa, Israel, for a twelve-day port call. On July 8, AV-8B Harriers deployed to shore base at Souda Bay, Crete.

July 13, USS Kearsarge pulled into Thessaloniki, Greece, for a brief port call in support of U.S. Secretary of Defense visit to Greece. Another visit from July 15-18 to backload Marines.

July 16, Capt. Reubin B. Bookert relieved Capt. Peter A. Masciangelo as CO of the Kearsarge during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Thessaloniki port.

July 27, USS Kearsarge pulled into Rota, Spain, for a two-week Standdown to conduct vehicle maintenance and washdown. The "Harriers" returned to the ship.

August 13, The amphibious assault ship arrived in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, for a six-day port visit.

August 23, The ARG arrived in Sea of Marmara to conduct military relief disaster operations in support of Avid Response. The heavily populated city of Izmit and surrounding areas were the hardest hit Aug. 17, by an early-morning 7.6-magnitude earthquake that left over 17,000 dead and thousands more injured and homeless.

September 13, LHD 3 pulled into Catania, Sicilly, for a two-day port call before participating in exercise Atlas Hinge, off Cap Serat, Tunisia, Sept. 17-24.

September 27, The Kearsarge ARG arrived again at Naval Station Rota for a five-day port call to conduct agricultural counter-measure washdowns of all embarked equipment. On Oct. 1, conducted turnover with the Bataan (LHD 5) ARG.

October 14, USS Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group returned to Norfolk after a six-month deployment.

From Nov. 15-19, the Kearsarge conducted ammunition off-load at Naval Weapons Station Earle, N.J., in preparation for the ship's planned Drydocking Preventative Maintenance Availability (DPMA).

January 17, 2001 Capt. Steven C. Schlientz relieved Capt. Reubin B. Bookert as commanding officer of the LHD 3.

January 22, The amphibious assault ship departed Norfolk to conduct TRACKEX in the Puerto Rican Area of Operation. Port visit to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Jan. 28- Feb. 1.

From February 2-16, the Kearsarge participated in MEUEX at Cherry Point OPAREA. Underway in the Cherry Point and Jacksonville Op. Areas for JTFEX, SACEX and SOCEX from March 8-28. Port call to Naval Station Mayport, March 11-13.

April 17, USS Wasp (LHD 1) port elevator collided with the Kearsarge moored starboard elevator, while the Wasp was geting underway from Naval Station Norfolk. Several flight deck nets are damaged.

April 25, USS Kearsarge departed Norfolk for a scheduled Medoterranean deployment, with the USS Enterprise CBG.

May 8, The Kearsarge ARG pulled into Rota, Spain, for a three-day port call and a turnover with USS Nassau (LHA 4) ARG.

May 14, LHD 3 arrived in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, for a six-day port visit. Participated in exercise Trident D'or off Sardinia, May 21- June 1 and exercise Alexander the Great from June 5-15.

June 18, USS Kearsarge anchored off the coast of Rhodes, Greece, for a four day visit.

June 22, An CH-46A crashed off the coast of Crete during a routine training. All four crewmembers rescued. Port visit to Naples, Italy, from June 25-28.

From July 1-13, the Kearsarge participated in Albanian Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX). Port visit to Brindisi, Italy, from July 5-9.

From July 17-22, USS Kearsarge was underway off the coast of Genoa, Italy, in support of the U.S. President Bush visit to G-8 Summit.

July 23, The amphibious assault ship anchored off Cannes, France, for a four-day port visit.

August 1, USS Kearsarge pulled into Rijeka, Croatia, for a two-week Fleet Maintenance Availability (FMAV) with USS Emory S. Land (AS 39).

August 17, The Kearsarge arrived in Toulon, France, for a three-day port call. Port visit to Tarragona, Spain, from Aug. 21-24 to offload elements of the 24th MEU in support of KFOR. Port call to Valletta, Malta, from Aug. 28-31.

September 4, LHD 3 arrived in Marmaris, Turkey, for a six-day port visit. Backloaded 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit KFOR elements from Catania, Sicily, Sept. 16-18.

September 27, The Amphibious Ready Group arrived in Naval Station Rota for a four-day port call to conduct agricultural washdowns.

October 15, USS Kearsarge returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a nearly six-month deployment.

From Dec. 1-3, the Kearsarge conducted ammunition off-load at Naval Weapons Station Earle, New Jersey.

April 25, 2002 USS Kearsarge departed Norfolk Naval Shipyard for sea trials after three-and-a-half month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).

From May 14-17, the ship was underway for LCAC Ops. and well deck certification.

July 2, USS Kearsarge moored at Black Falcon Pier in Boston, Mass., for a six-day port visit to participate in annual Harborfest festivities.

July 19, Capt. Terence E. McKnight relieved Capt. Steven C. Schlientz as CO of the Kearsarge.

September 18, USS Kearsarge departed homeport for a week-long underway demonstration in the Atlantic Ocean.

October 16, The amphibious assault ship pulled into Naval Station Ingleside, Texas, for a three-day port call before participating in Force Training Manual Squadron Exercises (RONEX) in the Gulf of Mexico.

October 26, The Kearsarge anchored off the coast of Panama City, Florida, for a three-day port visit. Returned to Norfolk Nov. 2. Underway again for Final Evaluation Problem (FEP) and Noncombatant Evacuation Operation (NEO) Certification, from Nov. 13-15.

December 2, LHD 3 departed homeport for a 10-day deck landing qualifications in the Cherry Point Op. Area.

January 11, The ship onloaded 1,100 Marines from the 2nd Marine Exeditionary Brigade (MEB) in Norfolk.

January 12, USS Kearsarge departed Naval Station Norfolk for a surge deployment, as flagship for Amphibious Task Force (ATF) East, to support Operation Enduring Freedom and Global War on Terrorism.

January 13, The Kearsarge anchored in Onslow Bay, N.C., to onload additional troops, 1,980 tons of equipment and 24 aircraft.

On January 28, the ATF-E transited the Strait of Gibraltar and on Feb. 4, Suez Canal.

From Feb. 15-20, USS Kearsarge off-loaded 1,300 Marines and equipment while anchored off Kuwait Naval Base. On Feb. 19, all AV-8Bs were cross-decked to USS Bataan (LHD 5). Following the offload, LHD 3 assumed the role of consolidated Heavy Lift Ship for the Task Force, providing sea basing for 16 CH-53E Super Stallions.

A day after the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom on March 20, Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 464 was called upon to support an emergency re-supply missions. The squadron was tasked with delivering of ammuniton to elements of the 11th Marine Artillery Regiment, which was providing an umbrella of protection for advancing coalition forces. The Kearsarge also served as a primary Casulty Receiving and Treatment Ship (CRTS).

February 22, LHD 3 moored ar Mina Salman Pier for a two-day visit to Manama, Bahrain.

April 1, USS Kearsarge entered the Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard (ASRY) in Manama, Bahrain, for a 10-day maintenance.

The Marines from 2nd MEB were backloaded to Kearsarge from May 6-18. The ship departed Arabian Gulf on May 21.

May 26, A Special Memorial Day Service, was held aboard the Kearsarge, to honor a 23 Marines, assigned to 2nd MEB, who lost their lives during combat missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

From June 2-4, the amphibious assault ship also provided support to the President of the United States during his summits with the Arab leaders in Sharm-el Skeik, Egypt; and Aqaba, Jordan. LHD 3 transited Suez Canal on June 6.

June 12, USS Kearsarge begin transit to the coast of Liberia in support of Operation Shinning Express, to provide additional capability in case a large scale Non-combatant Evacuation Operation (NEO) became necessary.

June 30, USS Kearsarge ARG returned to Norfolk after six-and-a-half month combat deployment.

From September 23-26, the Kearsarge was underway off the coast of Virginia for a Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) preps. Underway again from Oct 2-3.

From November 13-21, the amphibious assault ship was underway for deck landing qualifications in the Cherry Point Op. Area.

December 5, Capt. Luke R. Parent relieved Capt. Terence E. McKnight as CO of USS Kearsarge.

December 8, LHD 3 departed Norfolk to offload ammuniton at Naval Weapons Station Earle.

April 28, 2004 USS Kearsarge returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a two-day sea trials, completing the three-and-a-half month Planned Maintenance Availability (PMA) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY).

June 7, USS Kearsarge departed Norfolk for a surge deployment to transport elements of the 24th MEU Air Combat Element to the Central Command Area of Responsibility in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom III.

June 23, The amphibious assault ship pulled into Augusta Bay Sicily, for a brief port call to refuel and transited the Suez Canal on 27th.

July 6, USS Kearsarge anchored off Kuwait Naval Base to offload Marines and equipment. Departed Arabian Gulf on July 9.

July 22, LHD 3 arrived in Souda Bay, Crete, Greece, for a four-day port call. Port visit to Valletta, Malta, from July 29- Aug. 2.

August 14, USS Kearsarge returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a nine-week underway period.

From October 25-27, the ships of the Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) sailed together for the first time during an at-sea exercise.

From Oct. 28- Nov 1, LHD 3 conducted ammunition onload at at NWS Earle, N.J.

November 23, USS Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group completed PHIBRON-Marine Integrated Training during the seven-day underway. PMINT is the initial training that includes the Marines of the 26th MEU.

From December 7-17, the Kearsarge was conducting landing operations with the MV-22 Osprey aircraft assigned to the "Argonauts" of Marine Tilt Rotor Test and Evaluation Squadron (VMX) 22.

January 28, 2005 LHD 3 ESG returned to homeports after successfully completing its Expeditionary Strike Group exercise off the East Coast of the United States.

February 4, Rear Adm. Michael P. Nowakowski relieved Rear Adm. Terrance T. Etnyre as Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (SURFLANT), during a change of command ceremony held aboard the Kearsarge at Naval Station Norfolk.

February 15, LHD 3 is currently conducting Certification Exercise (CERTEX), off the coast of North Carolina, in preparation for it's upcoming deployment. USS Kearsarge ESG successfully completed its final exercise on 25th.

March 25, USS Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group and the 26th MEU got underway for their scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

April 1, Helicopter Combat Support Squadron HC-8 was redesignated Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron HSC-28 as part of a merger of the HC and helicopter anti-submarine HS communities. The change is a result of the introduction of the MH-60S Knighthawk, replacing the CH-46D Sea Knight, UH-3H Sea King and the SH-60F Seahawk, and the future introduction of the MH-60R Seahawk, which is replacing the SH-60B Seahawk.

April 11, The Kearsarge followed a pair of Moroccan frigates through the Strait of Gibraltar April 7, completing the first leg of its deployment when it entered the Mediterranean Sea. The Expeditionary Strike Group completed a joint exercise with the Moroccan navy the night before transiting the Strait. LHD 3 pulled to Palma de Mallorca, Spain, April 7 for a six-day port visit.

April 22, The amphibious assault ship transited Suez Canal on it's way to Arabian Gulf.

April 26, LHD 3 transported members off the 26th MEU, on Djibouti beaches, during an exercise with Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa. The ship arrived on station in the Arabian Gulf on May 2.

From May 15-17, the Kearsarge Expeditionary Srike Group offloaded Marines and equipment at the Kuwait Naval Base.

June 11, The amphibious assault ship departed Jebel Ali, U.A.E., after a five-day port call.

June 24, Capt. Joseph Sensi, Jr., relieved Capt. Luke R. Parent as CO of USS Kearsarge, during a change of command ceremony on board the ship.

The final exercise of the Kearsarge deployment was conducted August 13-25 with Jordan. More than 1,000 Marines of the 26th MEU were put ashore. LHD 3 and LSD 48 entered port in Aqaba that day and remained on station to support the exercise while in port. The ships got underway as a pre-planned security measure when a Jordanian warehouse in the port was struck by a terrorist rocket that killed one Jordanian soldier and injured another.

September 1, Expeditionary Strike Group pulled into Naval Station Souda Bay, Crete, for a routine port call.

September 27, USS Kearsarge returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a six-month underway period.

December 12, LHD 3 is currently receiving structural and equipment upgrades to become the first amphibious assault ship to accommodate the Marine Corps’ MV-22 Osprey. The contract is part of an array of maintenance and equipment upgrades being conducted during Kearsarge’s shipyard period at BAE Systems Norfolk, Va., until late February.

March 8, 2006 The amphibious assault ship is currently conducting sea trials in the Atlantic Ocean.

April 24, USS Kearsarge is currently conducting training operations in the Atlantic Ocean.

May 24, LHD 3 arrived in New York City to participate in Navy Fleet Week.

June 28, The Kearsarge pulled to Boston Harbor to celebrate the 4th of July festival, Boston Harborfest 2006, showcasing the colonial and maritime heritage of Boston.

August 15, USS Kearsarge departed Naval Station Norfolk to participate in the multi-national exercise PANAMAX 2006. PANAMAX is a joint training exercise lead by the United States and involves personnel, aircraft and ships from Central and South American countries as well as Caribbean nations. It will serve as the command and control platform for the multinational force conducting the exercise.

September 13, USS Kearsarge completed PANAMAX 2006 Aug. 30 in the Caribbean Sea. The ship moored at Colon, Panama, Aug. 21 and embarked more than 270 foreign military officers and four staffs. The crew of the amphibious assault ship made two port visits to Cartagena, Colombia, and the island of Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles from Sept. 1-10. Enroute to Cartagena and while in port there, the Kearsarge also conducted a professional exchange with the Colombian navy.

December 5, LHD 3 completed an ammunition transfer with USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and USS Bataan (LHD 5) during a scheduled underway off the coast of Virginia Dec. 2. Kearsarge brought on more than 900 pallets of ordnance from Iwo Jima in preparation for the ship’s scheduled deployment next year. The evolution, which was scheduled for three days, was accomplished in two. The Kearsarge then transferred 60 pallets to Bataan to fully stock their ordnance in preparation for their upcoming deployment.

February 16, 2007 Capt. James Gregorski relieved Capt. Joseph Sensi, Jr., as CO of the USS Kearsarge.

March 14, The amphibious assault ship completed a successful three-day sea trials following major repairs to No. 2 low pressure turbine and an extensive maintenance availability period.

April 30, LHD 3 pulled into Port Everglades, Florida, for a Fleet Week South 2007.

May 15, USS Kearsarge is currently underway for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).

June 15, The Kearsarge ESG is currently conducting Certification Exercise (CERTEX), off the coast of North Carolina, in preparation for it's upcoming deployment.

July 30, USS Kearsarge ESG, along with 22nd MEU, departed Norfolk for a scheduled deployment in support of Maritime Security Operations and the Global War on Terrorism.

August 19, The amphibious assault ship departed Valletta, Malta, after a four-day port visit.

August 22, After a brief stop at Souda Bay, Crete, from Aug. 20-21 the Kearsarge pulled into Aksaz naval base for a scheduled port visit to Marmaris, Turkey.

September 11, The Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group recently arrived in Arabian Gulf after a brief stop in Djibouti to provide humanitarian supplies to two charities through the Navy's program "Project Handclasp." While operating in the Mediterranean, the strike group visited 13 ports in eight nations and participated in over 20 community relations events in two weeks.

November 23, USS Kearsarge arrived off the coast of Bangladesh, to assist in relief efforts, after cyclone Sidr struck the southern coast Nov. 15, killed more than 3,500 people and displaced at least two million others.

December 3, LHD 3 was relieved by USS Tarawa (LHA 1) on station off the coast of Bangladesh. More than 162,000 lbs. of relief supplies have been delivered to Bangladesh by the Kearsarge and the 22nd MEU as of Dec. 2.

December 19, USS Kearsarge is currently in the Arabian Gulf in support of maritime security operations.

January 1, USS Kearsarge ESG transited the Suez Canal after concluded operations in the 5th Fleet AoR. Arrived in Haifa, Israel, for a scheduled port visit on Jan. 2.

January 20, LHD 3 departed Rota, Spain, after a four-day port call.

February 1, 2008 USS Kearsarge returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a six-month deployment.

May 19, USS Kearsarge, USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), USS Monterey (CG 61), USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) and USS Nitze (DDG 94) departed Norfolk to participate in the 21st Fleet Week New York, which will take place May 21-28.

August 6, USS Kearsarge departed Norfolk for a scheduled underway period to the Caribbean and South America in support of Operation Continuing Promise.

September 6, The amphibious assault ship departed for Haiti to assist with relief efforts in areas affected by flooding due to tropical storm activity in the Caribbean. The Kearsarge has been in Santa, Marta, Columbia, since Aug. 27, conducting the humanitarian/civic assistance (HCA) mission CP 2008.

September 21, After a two-day stop at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to refuel and obtain supplies, LHD 3 returned to Haiti to continue its humanitarian assistance/disaster relief mission. To date, helicopters and landing craft embarked aboard Kearsarge have delivered more than 1,200 metric tons of relief supplies, including 26,000 gallons of water to devastated communities isolated by damaged roads and bridges.

September 26, The Kearsarge departed Haiti after completing a 19-day disaster relief mission in the storm-ravaged Caribbean nation. She will remain in the region through November and will continue her humanitarian assistance mission during scheduled visits to the Dominican Republic, Guyana, and Trinidad and Tobago.

October 18, USS Kearsarge moored at Mega Pier in Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, for a five-day port visit.

October 25, The amphibious assault ship arrived in Port of Spain, Trinidad, for a goodwill port call after recently departed Curacao, Netherlands Antilles.

November 9, USS Kearsarge anchored 17 miles off Guyana’s coast for the final stop in the Caribbean Phase of Continuing Promise '08.

November 22, LHD 3 departed Georgetown, Guyana, to begin transit back to Norfolk, Va. During the deployment, the CP 2008 medical contingent of more than 150 joint military and international military medical professionals and non-governmental organizations, worked along side host nation officials to treat more than 47,000 primary care patients, dispense more than 81,300 prescriptions, provide veterinary care to nearly 5,600 animals and conduct more than 198,600 medical, dental and optometric services.

December 2, USS Kearsarge returned to homeport after a four-month deployment.

May 16, 2009 The Kearsarge opened her brow to Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) workers and their families for a unique tour of the ship while undergoing an 11-month maintenance period. The ship is scheduled to remain in dry dock throughout the summer, after which it will begin sea trials prior to a 2010 deployment.

September 11, The amphibious assault ship departed dry-dock and is towed to a pierside berth.

November 18, NNSY returned USS Kearsarge to the fleet one day early, after completing a 10-month Drydocking Planned Maintenance Availability (DPMA). The project team replaced six sections of shafts, removed the port rudder for bearing repairs and installed two new propellers. Work also included boiler inspections and repairs; valve repairs; the installation of a low pressure turbine rotor, a new boat davit and stern flap; and the replacement of old bunks and lockers. The team also performed underwater hull and freeboard blasting and preservation as well as elevator and stern gate work. In addition, flight deck non-skid, a fuel-oil compensating system, and several electronic and communications components were installed.

January 12, 2010 LHD 3 recently completed sea trials off the East Coast.

February 1, The Kearsarge recently returned to Norfolk Naval Station after a three-day sea trials.

February 26, Capt. Baxter A. Goodly relieved Capt. Walter L. Towns as CO of USS Kearsarge during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship at Norfolk.

March 23, The amphibious assault is currently underway for sea trials.

April 20, USS Kearsarge ARG departed Norfolk to participate in a three-week Amphibious Squadron (Phibron)/Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT), with the 26th MEU, off the coast of North Carolina.

July 7, The Kearsarge ARG underway for a three-week Composite Training Unit Exercise. During COMPTUEX, Marines and sailors will also continue to strengthen U.S. alliances by participating in Operation Auriga, a simultaneous bilateral carrier-integration and amphibious training exercise with British naval and Marine forces. USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), USS Mahan (DDG 72), USS Barry (DDG 52), USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41), USS Doyle (FFG 39) HMS Ark Royal (R07), HMS Liverpool (D92) and HMS Albion (L14) will also participate.

July 19, An AV-8B Harrier, assigned to "Fighting Griffins" of the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266, crashed July 18, around 8 p.m., on the Navy’s Pinecastle Range Complex in the Ocala National Forest, near the town of Salt Springs, Fla., during a training mission. Capt. Jarrod L. Klement ejected from the plane and his condition is stable.

August 27, USS Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), along with 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), departed Naval Station Norfolk for a Middle East deployment. The group was originally scheduled to deploy in September but the departure was moved up because of the massive flooding in Pakistan, which so far has claimed 1,600 lives and affected nearly 20 million.

September 13, LHD 3 pulled into Souda Bay, Crete, Greece, for a routine port call. The ARG transited Suez Canal Sept. 16.

December 19, USS Kearsarge anchored in the Salalah port for a scheduled port visit to Oman.

January 6, 2011 Following a request by the commander of United States Forces Afghanistan, in coordination with the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the commander of U.S. Central Command, Gen. James N. Mattis, has ordered elements from 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit to deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. More than 1,000 MEU Marines and sailors are expected to move into Helmand province by the end of January to provide greater security and support the infrastructure development needed in the region.

January 11, The Kearsarge moored at Berth 20, Port of Shuaiba, Kuwait, for a brief port call.

February 9, USS Kearsarge ARG recently arrived off the coast of Ismailia, Egypt.

March 1, USS Kearsarge and USS Ponce (LPD 15) were recently ordered to move from the U.S. Central Command region into the Mediterranean Sea to provide the capability for evacuation or humanitarian aid as response to the unrest in Libya. U.S. military officials are closely tracking the events, where armed rebels are clashing with military forces loyal to the Arab nation’s longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi.

March 4, The Kearsarge, Ponce pulled into Souda Bay, Crete, Greece, to onload 400 Marines from 1st Battalion, 2nd Regiment, 2nd Marine Division that arrived on Wednesday.

March 20, AV-8B Harriers, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266, launched its first combat sorties in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn to enforce U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973, which is centered on protecting Libyan citizens from any further harm from Libyan regime.

March 22, An MV-22 Osprey rescued a pilot Maj. Kenneth "Meso" Harney early Tuesday after the F-15E Strike Eagle, assigned to 494th Fighter Squadron, crashed 25 miles southwest of Benghazi, around 11.35 p.m. local time, March 21. He was returned to USS Kearsarge in good condition. The weapons officer Capt. Tyler "Mask" Stark was later recovered by Libyan rebel fighters, who took him to a safe house.

April 14, LHD 3 recently pulled into Augusta Bay, Italy, for routine maintenance.

April 30, The Kearsarge arrived in Rota, Spain, for a routine port call.

May 16, USS Kearsarge ARG returned home after a nearly nine-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility.

June 20, The amphibious assault ship arrived at Leonardo Pier to offload ammunition to Naval Weapons Station Earle, New Jersey. LHD 3 returned to Norfolk June 27.

June 30, Capt. Dorian F. Jones relieved Capt. Baxter A. Goodly as the 13th CO of USS Kearsarge during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship.

July 20, USS Kearsarge entered the BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repairs facility for a four-month Planned Maintenance Availability (PMA) period.

November 30, The Kearsarge returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a two-day sea trials.

January 6, 2012 LHD 3 departed Norfolk to conduct crew certifications in preparation for future amphibious operations.

January 30, USS Kearsarge departed homeport to participate in the largest joint and multinational amphibious assault exercise, in the past ten years, Bold Alligator 2012 between the Marine Corps and Navy amphibious forces.

March 2, The amphibious assault ship underway again for crew certifications and traininig.

March 30, USS Kearsarge departed Naval Station Norfolk to conduct Afloat Training Group 1.4 basic phase training.

May 16, The Kearsarge is currently underway for Afloat Training Group 2.3 basic phase training. Underway again for ATG 2.3/2.4 basic phase training on June 4.

August 2, USS Kearsarge is currently underway providing surface orientation for Naval ROTC midshipmen to support Career Orientation Training for Midshipmen (CORTRAMID) East.

August 22, LHD 3 entered the Dry Dock #2 at Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News shipyard for emergent rudder repairs. Departed dry-dock on December ?.

December 21, Capt. Fredrick J. Nielsen relieved Capt. Dorian F. Jones as CO of the Kearsarge during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship at Naval Station Norfolk.

January 16, 2013 USS Kearsarge departed Norfolk for a four-day underway to conduct sea trials and ammo onload with the USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5).

January 22, The Kearsarge ARG departed homeports to conduct Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 4/Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT), with the 26th MEU, Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) and a Certification Exercise (CERTEX); Onload at Onslow Bay from Jan. 23-25; Returned home on Feb. 18.

March 11, USS Kearsarge departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled Middle East deployment, after a three-day delay due to bad weather.

March 25, The amphibious assault ship pulled into Naval Station Rota for a brief port call. Entered the Mediterranean Sea on March 26.

April 1, USS Kearsarge pulled into Limassol, Cyprus, for a three-day port visit. Transited Suez Canal on April 5.

May 14, The Kearsarge arrived in Eilat, Israel, for a four-day port visit, the first by an U.S. Navy ship in 14 years.

May 27, USS Kearsarge recently anchored off the coast of Djibouti to offload Marines and equipment at Arta Beach for several weeks of trainings and exercises with the French military. Transited Bab el-Mandeb Strait northbound on June 2.

June 6, LHD 3 anchored off the coast of Aqaba Naval Base, Jordan, for offload to strengthen U.S. precence in the country following evolving military situation in Syria and for participation in annual multinational exercise Eager Lion 2013, from June 9-20; Moored at Aqaba Naval Base from June 6-7; Inport Aqaba again for backload from June 22-23; Anchored off Djibouti for backload on June 27.

July 10, USS Kearsarge, along with USS San Antonio (LPD 17), recently arrived off the coast of Egypt in response to the North African country’s post-coup violence. Transited Bab el-Mandeb Strait southbound on July 27; Offload in Djibouti on July 31; Backload on Aug. 11.

August 13, Capt. James P. Cody relieved Capt. John B. Skillman as Commander, Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 4 during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the Kearsarge.

August 28, USS Kearsarge departed Jebel Ali, U.A.E., after an eight-day port call.

September 16, The Kearsarge participated in a passing exercise (PASSEX) with the Royal Navy’s Response Force Task Group (RFTG) ships, including HMS Illustrious (R 06), HMS Bulwark (L 15) and HMS Westminster (F 237), in the Gulf of Aden.

October 6, USS Kearsarge arrived again in Eilat, Israel, for a four-day port visit. Transited Suez Canal northbound on Oct. 12.

October 18, LHD 3 moored at Naval Station Rota, Spain, for a six-day port call to conduct agricultural counter-measure washdowns of all embarked equipment.

November 7, USS Kearsarge returned to Norfolk after an extended eight-month deployment.

December 16, The Kearsarge moored at BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair facility for a five-month Phased Maintenance Availability (PMA); Returned to Naval Station Norfolk on May 10.

May 16, 2014 Capt. David L. Bossert relieved Capt. Fredrick J. Nielsen as the 15th CO of USS Kearsarge during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship.

July 11, USS Kearsarge departed homeport for a three-day underway to conduct sea trials in the Virginia Capes Op. Area. Underway for well deck certification from July 28- Aug. 4; Underway for Aviation Certification (AVCERT) from Aug. 12-18; Underway for routine training from Sept. 14-30.

October 29, The Kearsarge departed Naval Station Norfolk for a 12-day underway to participate in a largest joint multinational amphibious assault exercise Bold Alligator 2014, in the Virginia Capes, Cherry Point and Jacksonville Op. Areas.