USS NEW ORLEANS LPD 18
The New Orleans (LPD 18) is the second ship in San Antonio-class of amphibious transport dock's and honors the largest city of Louisiana and one of the world's major ports. Three previous ships have borne the name New Orleans in honor of the "Crescent City", including the third New Orleans (LPH 11).
October 14, 2002 The keel laying ceremony for the New Orleans was held at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Avondale Division in New Orleans, La.
November 20, 2004 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) New Orleans was christened during a ceremony at Avondale shipyard. Mrs. Carolyn Shelton, wife of General Henry H. Shelton, former Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. John B. Skillman is the prospective commanding officer.
December 11, The amphibious transport dock was launched at Mississippi River for the first time.
October 23, 2006 PCU New Orleans departed Avondale, Louisiana, to conduct Builder’s sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico.
March 5, 2007 LPD 18 departed Avondale Shipyard and transited the Mississippi River toward her namesake city.
March 10, USS New Orleans was commissioned during a ceremony in New Orleans, La.
April 3, The amphibious transport dock departed Naval Support Activity New Orleans, following three weeks of ships training, certifications, and maintenance for a maiden cruise to its homeport of San Diego.
May 3, USS New Orleans arrived at its homeport of Naval Base San Diego, Calif., for the first time.
September 11, LPD 18 pulled into Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, Pearl Harbor, to transport military personnel’s privately owned vehicles to the mainland United States.
December 14, USS New Orleans is currently off the coast of southern California conducting routine training with the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and the ships of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7.
February 22, 2008 The New Orleans is currently participating in an amphibious warfare certification exercise in the Pacific Ocean.
June 13, Cmdr. Scott D. Davies relieved Cmdr. John B. Skillman as CO of the USS New Orleans.
December 6, The amphibious transport dock is currently participating in certification exercise, as part of the Boxer (LHD 4) Expeditionary Strike Group, in preparation for an upcoming deployment early next year.
January 9, 2009 USS New Orleans departed homeport for its maiden deployment.
February 3, LPD 18 departed Apra Harbor, Guam, after a two-day port call.
February 24, The New Orleans departed the Maldives following a five-day exercise Coconut Grove, consisting of military to military training with the Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) and humanitarian assistance in the form of dental care and medical training.
March 20, USS New Orleans collided with USS Hartford (SSN 768) around 1 a.m., in the Strait of Hormuz. The ship suffered a ruptured fuel tank, which resulted in an oil spill of approximately 25,000 gallons of diesel fuel. Aboard the Hartford fifteen were injured but returned to duty.
March 21, The two naval vessels were brought to the Mina Salman Pier at Manama, Bahrain, for further damage assessment.
April 25, LPD 18 entered the dry-dock at Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard "ASRY" Shipyards in Manama to continue repair work on the ship's hull. The repair contract, includes planning efforts, material procurement, pre-fabrication and dry dock repair work and is expected to be completed in 10 to 14 days.
May 12, The New Orleans returned to sea and will resume the Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the U.S. Navy 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility.
July 8, The amphibious transport dock arrived in Sasebo, Japan, for a routine port visit.
August 1, USS New Orleans returned to San Diego after a seven-month deployment.
December 3, LPD 18 completed a three-day underway, its first since returning home in August, conducting well deck and aviation readiness (AR) qualifications.
February 13, 2010 The New Orleans is currently off the coast of southern California participating in a three-week exercise Iron Fist, which teamed U.S. Marines and sailors with the Kyushu-based Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force infantrymen. The soldiers arrived in early February to train nearly a month with Expeditionary Strike Group 3 and I Marine Expeditionary Force elements.
June 10, USS New Orleans departed Naval Base San Diego for a three-month deployment in support of Southern Partnership Station (SPS).
June 15, The amphibious transport dock arrived in Manzanillo, Mexico, for a scheduled port visit.
July 3, USS New Orleans recently anchored off the coast of Ancon, Peru, to participate in Partnership of the Americas (POA)/Southern Exchange (SE) 2010, a combined amphibious exercise designed to enhance cooperative partnerships with maritime forces from Argentina, Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Uruguay and Colombia, from July 2-24. LPD 18 will serve as the platform from which Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) 24 will conduct amphibious operations.
July 20, The New Orleans arrived in Callao, Peru, for a scheduled port visit.
July 31, USS New Orleans pulled into Bahia Malaga Naval Base, Colombia, as the third stop in support of this year's annual Amphibious-Southern Partnership Station.
August 20, LPD 18 arrived in Balboa, Panama, as the final stop in support of A-SPS 2010.
September 2, USS New Orleans returned to San Diego after a nearly three-month underway period to South America and the Caribbean.
October 1, The New Orleans is scheduled to enter General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in early November, for a 12-week planned overhaul to fix problems with its diesel engines. The ship departed dry-dock Feb. 4, 2011.
May 4, The amphibious transport dock departed Naval Base San Diego for sea trials.
June 2?, Cmdr. Dennis J. Jacko relieved Cmdr. Jeffrey L. Oakey as CO of the USS New Orleans during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at San Diego.
July 20, LPD 18 departed Naval Base Point Loma after a six-day magnetic deperming n in preparation for the ship's upcoming deployment, as part of the USS Makin Island (LHD 8) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG).
August 10, The New Orleans departed San Diego to participate in a two-week Amphibious Squadron (Phibron)/Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT) off the coast of southern California.
September 1, USS New Orleans departed homeport for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).
October 1, LPD 18 is currently underway off the coast of southern California for a Certification Exercise (CERTEX).
November 14, USS New Orleans departed Naval Base San Diego for a scheduled deployment with the Makin Island ARG.
November 23, The New Orleans departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after a two-day port visit to Hawaii.
December 11, The amphibious transport dock arrived off the coast of Cambodia to take part in exchanges of expertise with the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces.
December 17, USS New Orleans pulled into Sihanoukville, Cambodia, for a two-day port visit.
December 27, LPD 18 departed Changi Naval Base after a four-day port visit to Singapore.
January 7, 2012 The New Orleans pulled into Mina Zayed port for a four-day visit to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
February 29, USS New Orleans recently pulled into Salalah, Oman, for a routine port call.
April 5, The amphibious transport dock pulled into Khalifa Bin Salman Port at Hidd for a port visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain.
April 24, The New Orleans arrived at Aqaba Naval Base, Jordan, to conduct agricultural counter-measure washdowns of all embarked equipment.
May 14, USS New Orleans anchored off the coast of Phuket, Thailand, for a scheduled port visit.
May 23, LPD 18 anchored in Victoria Harbor for a four-day port visit to Hong Kong. Inport Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, from May 31- June 1.
June 13, The New Orleans pulled into Pearl Harbor for a brief port call to embark "Tigers."
June 22, USS New Orleans returned to homeport after more than a seven-month Middle East and western Pacific deployment.
July 31, The New Orleans arrived in Seattle, Wash., for a six-day port visit to participate in Seafair festivities.
September 27, BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair has been awarded a $20 million modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-11-C-4407) to definitize the USS New Orleans Phased Maintenance Availability (PMA). Work is expected to be completed by April 2013.
November ?, Cmdr. David Ray relieved Cmdr. Dennis J. Jacko as CO of the LPD 18 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ex-USS Midway.
April 30, 2013 USS New Orleans is currently underway for amphibious warfare certification and aviation readiness qualification.
May 21, The amphibious transport dock is currently underway for MISSILEX in the SOCAL Op. Area.
June 11, USS New Orleans departed Naval Base San Diego for a 17-day underway to conduct Amphibious Squadron (Phibron)/Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT), as part of the USS Boxer (LHD 4) ARG; Underway for COMPTUEX from July 8-19; Underway for CERTEX from July 26- Aug. 7.
August 23, USS New Orleans departed San Diego for a scheduled Middle East deployment.
September 16, LPD 18 moored at Rivera Wharf in Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, for a four-day port call to participate in Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 2014.
October 2, The New Orleans moored at Changi Naval Base in Singapore for a three-day port visit. Entered the Arabian Gulf on Oct. 2?.
November 9, USS New Orleans moored at Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP), Bahrain, for a five-day liberty port visit to Manama.
January 2, 2014 The amphibious transport dock recently pulled into Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for a liberty port visit to Dubai.
February 3, USS New Orleans recently moored at Berth 13, Mina Salman Port in Manama, Bahrain, for a brief port call.
From March 1-5, the New Orleans conducted agricultural counter-measure washdowns while anchored off Kuwait naval base; Departed Arabian Gulf on March 8.
March 22, USS New Orleans moored at Berth 3, Pier 15 in Manila South Harbor, Philippines, for a routine port call.
April 1, The New Orleans is currently underway off the coast of Pohang, Republic of Korea, in support of annual combined exercise Ssang Yong. Inport Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, from April 15-17.
April 25, USS New Orleans returned to Naval Base San Diego after an eight-month deployment.
May 30, Capt. Douglas C. Verissimo relieved Cmdr. David Ray as the 6th CO of LPD 18 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.
July 17, BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair was awarded a $15,2 million modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-10-C-4407) for the USS New Orleans Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Work is expected to be completed by December.