USS MESA VERDE
LPD 19
  
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The Mesa Verde (LPD 19) is the third San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock and the first ship of the United States Navy to be named for Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. In 1906, Congress established Mesa Verde as the first cultural park in the National Park Systems.

The contract to build her was awarded on February 29, 2000, to Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Ingals Operations of Pascagoula, Mississippi, and her keel was laid down on February 25, 2003. She was launched on November 19, 2004, and christened on January 15, 2005, with Linda Price Campbell, wife of former Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Colorado, serving as the ship’s sponsor. Cmdr. Shawn W. Lobree is the prospective commanding officer.

From August 13-16, 2007, the Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Mesa Verde was underway for the first time to conduct Builder's sea trials. Underway for acceptance trials in September.

December 15, USS Mesa Verde was commissioned during a ceremony in Panama City, Fla.

May 21, 2008 LPD 19 departed Naval Station Norfolk for a four-day port visit to Quebec City, Canada, to participate in the Naval Rendezvous in celebration of the city's 400th anniversary.

August 16, The amphibious transport dock is currently conducting shock trials off the coast of Florida.

September 13, The Mesa Verde completed its third and final shock trial event off the coast of Mayport. During shock trials, ships experience the effects of 10,000-pound explosive charge detonations which occur successively closer to the ship.

March 6, 2009 Cmdr. Lawrence F. LeGree relieved Cmdr. Shawn W. Lobree as CO of the LPD 19 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.

April 23, USS Mesa Verde departed Naval Station Mayport to participate in annual multinational maritime exercise UNITAS Gold off the coast of Florida. The two-week exercise includes realistic scenario-driven training opportunities such as live-fire exercises, shipboard operations, maritime interdiction operations and special warfare involving the nations of Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Germany, Canada, Ecuador, Argentina and Chile.

September 11, LPD 19 recently arrived in Colon, Panama, to participate in multinational training exercise PANAMAX 2009.

October 31, USS Mesa Verde is currently participating in Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) 10-2, as part of the Nassau (LHA 4) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) in preparation for the upcoming deployment earlier next year. USS San Jacinto (CG 56), USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) and USS Boone (FFG 28) are also participating in the exercise.

January 18, 2010 The Mesa Verde departed Norfolk for its maiden deployment in support of Maritime Security Operations (MSO). Inport Morehead City, N.C., to onload relief materials from Jan. 19-20.

January 23, LPD 19 arrived off the coast of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in support of Operation Unified Response.

February 18, USS Mesa Verde pulled to Rota, Spain, for a routine port visit. This is the first time an amphibious transport dock ship has visited Rota.

March 29, The amphibious transport dock recently arrived in Doha, Qatar, to take partcipation in the second Doha International Maritime and Defence Exhibition (DIMDEX).

April 28, The Mesa Verde recently arrived in Manama, Bahrain, for a scheduled port visit.

May 14, USS Mesa Verde assisted six stranded Iranian mariners early Friday morning while conducting routine maritime security operations in the Arabian Gulf. LPD 19 is currently assigned to Combined Task Force (CTF) 152, part of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF).

July 23, The amphibious transport dock departed Rhodes, Greece, after a three-day port call.

July 29, The Mesa Verde departed Split, Croatia, after a goodwill port visit.

August 15, USS Mesa Verde returned to Norfolk Naval Station after a seven-month deployment in the 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility.

November 1, Cmdr. John K. Reilly relieved Cmdr. Lawrence F. LeGree as commanding officer of the Mesa Verde.

March 23, 2011 USS Mesa Verde departed Norfolk for a surge Mediterranean deployment as part of the Bataan (LHD 5) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG).

June 14, The amphibious transport dock departed Souda Bay, Greece, after an eight-day port call.

July 4, LPD 19 recently pulled into Naval Station Rota, Spain, for a routine port visit and to celebrate the Fourth of July.

July 25, The Mesa Verde arrived again recently at Naval Support Activity Souda Bay for a routine port call.

September 1, USS Mesa Verde is currently supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the Mediterranean Sea.

October 22, The amphibious transport dock recently pulled into Augusta Bay, Italy, for a routine port call.

October 30, The Mesa Verde anchored off the coast of Corfu, Greece, for a two-day port visit.

November 7, USS Mesa Verde recently transited Suez Canal to rejoin the Bataan ARG in the U.S. 5th Fleet AoR.

January 15, 2012 LPD 19 pulled into Naval Station Rota, Spain, for a routine port call.

January 23, The Mesa Verde departed Barcelona, Spain, after a three-day port visit.

January 24, The amphibious transport dock provided assistance to ten Morrocan mariners whose vessel had capsized three days earlier in the Mediterranean Sea. They were later transferred to the Spanish coast guard.

February 4, LPD 19 moored at Port of Morehead City, N.C., for offload.

February 7, USS Mesa Verde returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a ten-and-a-half month deployment.

April 13, MarineTec, a joint venture between Marine Hydraulics International, Inc., and Tecnico Corp., Norfolk, Va., is being awarded a $10 million cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for USS Mesa Verde Phased Maintenance Availability (PMA). Work includes the PMA for miscellaneous structural, mechanical, and electrical repairs and unscheduled availabilities and is expected to be completed by September.

June 14, Cmdr. John P. Pienkowski relieved Cmdr. John K. Reilly as CO of the Mesa Verde during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship while pierside at MHI shipyard in Norfolk, Va.

November 8, USS Mesa Verde recently pulled into Naval Station Mayport, Fla., for a scheduled port visit.

February 4, 2013 The Mesa Verde departed Norfolk en route to New Orleans, La., to participate in Mardi Gras festivities; Port visit canceled.

February 10, The U.S. Navy's RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Air System (STUAS) completed its first flight at sea from the USS Mesa Verde, in the Gulf of Mexico. The system completed three months of land-based trial flights at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in China Lake, Calif., before launching from a LPD-class ship; Returned home on Feb. 20.?

July 16, LPD 19 is currently underway for routine training in the VACAPES Op. Area.

October 21, USS Mesa Verde departed homeport for a three-week Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), as part of the USS Bataan ARG. Underway for a Certification Exercise (CERTEX) from Dec. 3-18; Underway in support of rescue and salvage operations from Jan. 8-10, 2014; Underway for a Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) assessment from Jan. 16-17.

February 8, USS Mesa Verde departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled Middle East deployment. Inport Morehead City, N.C., for onload from Feb. 9-10.

February 24, The amphibious transport dock moored at Naval Station Rota, Spain, for a brief port call to take on fuel and supplies.

March 6, USS Mesa Verde moored at Finger Berth in Haifa, Israel, for a three-day port call. Transited Suez Canal on March 13; Offload in Djibouti on March 23; Backload from April 6-7; Entered the Arabian Gulf on April 11.

April 14, LPD 19 pulled into Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for a nine-day upkeep.

From April 28-29, the Marines from Mesa Verde participated in enhanced vessel board, search and seizure (EVBSS) exercise with Riverine Command Boat (RCB) and Coastal Command Boat (CCB), assigned to the Coastal Riverine Squadron Three, aboard the USS Ponce (AFSB(I) 15), while underway in the Arabian Gulf.

May 7, USS Mesa Verde moored at Mina Zayed Port in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., for a six-day liberty port visit. Departed Arabian Gulf on May 15.

May 27, The Mesa Verde is currently underway in the Gulf of Aden in support of annual multinational exercise Eager Lion 2014. Participated in a Passing Exercise (PASSEX) with the TCG Gediz (F 495) and TCG Orucreis (F 245) on June 10; Transited the Strait of Hormuz northbound on June 16; Departed Arabian Gulf on July 1?.

August 24, USS Mesa Verde moored at Aqaba Naval Base, Jordan, for a three-day port call to conduct agricultural counter-measure washdowns of all embarked equipment.

September 1, An CH-53E Super Stallion, assigned to the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced), crashed in the Gulf of Aden, around 4:00 p.m. local, as it attempted to land aboard the USS Mesa Verde after transferring the Marines and Sailors from training ashore in nearby Djibouti. All 25 persons aboard the helicopter were safely recovered.

September 9, The amphibious transport dock moored at General Cargo Terminal in Port of Duqm, Oman, for a four-day port call.