USS GERMANTOWN
LSD 42
  
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The Germantown (LSD 42) is the second dock landing ship of the Whidbey Island-class and is named after the historical Pennsylvania district of Germantown. Now a residential section of Philadelphia, Germantown was founded in 1683. It was the site of an important battle of the American War for Independence fought on October 4, 1777, between the forces of General George Washington and General Sir William Howe.

The keel was laid down by the Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company of Seattle, Wash., on August 5, 1982; Christened and launched on June 29, 1984; Mrs. Barbara Kelly, the wife of General Paul X. Kelly, Commandant of the Marine Corps, served as sponsor of the ship; Cmdr. Edward M. Kline, Jr., is the prospective commanding officer.

February 8, 1986 USS Germantown was commissioned during a ceremony at Lockheed shipyard.

March 20, The dock landing ship pulled into Esquimalt, B.C., Canada, for a four-day port visit.

March 28, The Germantown moored at Pier 45 in San Francisco, Calif., for a week-long port visit.

April 7, USS Germantown arrived in its homeport of Naval Station San Diego, Calif., after a 20-day transit from Seattle, Washington.

From April 19-20, the Germantown was moored at Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego for an "Open House." Underway for Refresher Training (REFTRA) from May 12-23.

July 17, LSD 42 departed homeport for a transit to Panama City, Fla., to embark ACU-5. Brief stop at Naval Station Rodman in Balboa, Panama, on July 30; Transited Panama Canal on July 31; Port visit to New Orleans, La., from Aug. 6-11; Inport Panama City, Fla., from Aug. 12-14; Overnight stop in Colon, Panama, on Aug. 18; Transited Panama Canal on Aug. 19; Returned to San Diego on Aug. 29.

October 14, USS Germantown entered the Southwest Marine shipyard in San Diego for a 12-week Post Shakedown Availability (PSA). In Naval Station's dry-dock from Dec. 13-15; Underway for routine training from Jan. 5-9 and Jan. 12-16, 1987; Underway for REFTRA from Jan. 26-30 and Feb. 2-6; Underway for amphibious operations from Feb. 10-13 and 17-21st; Underway for Surface Ship Radiated Noise Measurement (SSRNM) off San Clemente Island from March 9-12; Underway for amphibious REFTRA from March 16-20 and 23-27th; Underway for operational LCAC tests from April 7-17; Underway for exercise Kernel Usher 87-3 off Camp Pendleton and San Diego from April 21- May 3; Underway for a Dependent's Day Cruise on June 10.

June 18, USS Germantown departed Naval Station San Diego for a scheduled western Pacific deployment as part of the USS Tripoli (LPH 10) ARG. This is the first deployment of an Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) detachment.

From July 9-11, the Germantown was inport Buckner Bay, Okinawa, for LCAC demonstration. Upkeep in Subic Bay, Philippines, from July 16 through Aug. 10.

August 15, LSD 42 anchored in the Gulf of Thailand for a three-day port visit to Pattaya. LCAC Demo off Sattahip, Thailand, on Aug. 19; Port visit to Singapore from Aug. 22-27; Anchored off Fremantle, Australia, from Sept. 7-10 before participating in exercise Valiant Usher; Inport Fremantle from Sept. 17-23; Upkeep at Subic Bay from Oct. 3-16; Anchored in Buckner Bay from Oct. 19-21.

October 24, The dock landing ship arrived in Pohang, Republic of Korea, for a three-day port call before participating in exercise Valiant Blitz 88-1. Inport Busan, ROK, from Nov. 7-10; Offload in Buckner Bay on Nov. 12.

November 14, The Germantown pulled again into Subic Bay for a six-day port call before participating in at-sea phase of exercise Balikatan. Inport Subic Bay again from Nov. 23-24.

December 9, LSD 42 pulled into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a two-day port call to embark 102 male family members and guests for a Tiger Cruise.

December 18, USS Germantown returned to San Diego after a six-month deployment.

From January 19-24, 1988, the Germantown was underway for Engineering Casualty Control (ECC) drills in the SOCAL Op. Area. Underway in support of exercise Kernel Blitz 88-1 from Feb. 1-12; Underway for local operations from March 14-19, March 21-25, April 4-9 and 11-12th; Underway for Operational Propulsion Plant ReExamination (OPPRE) from April 19-22; Underway for local operations from April 26-29; Commenced a two-month Planned Maintenance Availability (PMA) on May 16 while pierside at Naval Station San Diego.

May 12, Cmdr. T. Michael Wittkamp relieved Cmdr. Edward M. Kline, Jr., as CO of the USS Germantown.

From July 18-23, LSD 42 was moored at Naval Amphibious Base Point Loma in San Diego for magnetic deperming. Underway for routine training from July 25-30; Ammo onload at NWS Seal Beach from Aug. 9-13; Underway for REFTRA from Aug. 22-27 and Aug. 29- Sept. 2; Underway for Amphibious Refresher Training (PHIBREFTRA) from Sept. 12-17 and 19-24th.

From Oct. 18-31, the Germantown was underway off the coast of southern California for amphibious exercise Kernel Usher 1B. Underway for routine training from Nov. 28- Dec. 2.

January 12, 1989 USS Germantown departed homeport for a scheduled independent deployment with the Golf Battery 3/1 and ACU-5 Det. B. She is the first ship ever to deploy with four LCACs; Inport Okinawa from Feb. 2-3.

February 11, The dock landing ship moored at the Ship Repair Facility in Subic Bay, Philippines, for a 13-day upkeep after participating in exercise Valiant Usher 89-3; Anchored in Buckner Bay from Feb. 27- March 1 to onload aditional Marines.

March 7, The Germantown arrived in Pohang, ROK, for a two-day in-port phase of exercise Team Spirit '89. Inport Pohang again from March 26-28 to backload Marines; Brief stop in Okinawa on April 1; Port visit to Hong Kong from April 4-9; Upkeep at Subic Bay from April 11-21.

May 5, LSD 42 pulled into Sydney, Australia, for a 10-day port visit before participating in exercise Coral Sea Valiant Usher. Inport Townsville from May 24-30; Port call to Pearl Harbor from June 11-12; Offload off Camp Pendleton on June 18.

June 19, USS Germantown returned to Naval Station San Diego after more than a five-month deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility.

From Aug. 16-18, the Germantown was underway for local operations. Underway again from Aug. 28- Sept. 1; Underway for Pre-INSURV on Sept. 6; Underway for a Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) assessment on Sept. 13.

From September 29 through Oct. 12, USS Germantown wss underway for Law Enforcement Operations (LEO) off Baja California, Mexico, with embarked U.S. Coast Guard contingent; underway for local operations from Oct. 31- Nov. 3; Underway for ammo offload at NWS Seal Beach and in support of two CNO projects from Nov. 13-17.

November 27, LSD 42 entered the Southwest Marine shipyard for a four-month Depot Planned Maintenance Availability (DPMA). Departed dry-dock on January 13, 1990; Returned to Naval Station San Diego on March 23; Underway for sea trials from April 23-25; Underway for ammo onload at Seal Beach from May 9-11.

May 4, Cmdr. William J. Marshall, III relieved Cmdr. T. Michael Wittkamp as CO of the Germantown.

May 31, USS Germantown arrived in Naval Station Everett, Wash., for a five-day port visit to participate in "Salty Sea Days" celebration.

June 22, The Germantown returned to San Diego after cunducting Law Enforcement Operations (LEO) off Baja California. Underway for Tactical Readiness Evaluation (TRE) from June 27-29; Underay for REFTRA from July 30- Aug. 3 and Aug. 6-10; Underway for PHIBREFTRA from Aug. 20-24 and 27-31st; Underway for MTT Phase II from Sept. 12-14.

From September 20 through Oct. 1, the dock landing ship was underway for exercise Kernel Usher 90-2. Underway for MTT Phase III from Oct. 9-11; Underway for a Dependent's Day Cruise on Nov. 15.

December 1, USS Germantown departed San Diego for a scheduled Middle East deployment as a member of the largest amphibious task force (ATF) to deploy from the West Coast of the United States in 25 years.

December 8, LSD 42 pulled into Pearl Harbor for a two-day port call. Inport Subic Bay, Philippines, from Dec. 27- Jan. 2; Anchored off Masirah, Oman, on Jan. 14. 1991; Conducted LCAC assault rehearsals off Oman from Jan. 19-24; anchored north of Masirah Island on Jan. 27; Entered the Arabian Gulf on Feb. 4.

February 9, The Germantown offloaded Marines in U.A.E., for training exercise. Backload on Feb. 12; Anchored at amphibious task force anchorage "Gator Gulch" on Feb. 13.

February 24-25, USS Germantown offloaded more than 2,389 tons of vehicles and personnel from the 5th MEB at Al Mishab, Saudi Arabia, in a first ever LCAC off-load in support of combat operations.

March 15, USS Germantown pulled into Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for a two-week upkeep. Port call to Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., from April 9-13; Participated in exercise Al Hamra from April 27- May 6; Another maintenance availability in Dubai from May 25- June 6.

June 6, The dock landing ship pulled into Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for a six-day port call. Port visit to Abu Dhabi again from June 25- July 6; Tender Availability (TAV) with USS Samuel Gompers (AD 37) in Manama, Bahrain, from July 7-12.

July 27, The Germantown arrived in Singapore for a five-day port visit. Inport Subic Bay from Aug. 5-6; Offload at Camp Pendleton on Aug. 27.

August 28, USS Germantown returned to homeport after a nine-month combat deployment in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

October 3, USS Germantown entered the Southwest Marine shipyard for a 10-week Planned Maintenance Availability (PMA). Underway for sea trials from Dec. 10-11; Underway for local operations from Jan. 16-17.

January 23, 1992 Cmdr. James D. Bray relieved Cmdr. William J. Marshall, III as CO of LSD 42.

February 5, The Germantown departed San Diego for a two-day underway to conduct deck landing qualifications with the HMH-161 in the SOCAL Op. Area. Underway for local operations from Feb. 10-14; Underway for Mobile Training Team (MTT) Phase II from Feb. 24-26; Underway for Arctic LCAC operations in Kuskokwim Bay, Alaska, on Feb. 28; Brief stop in Dutch Harbor on March 10; Anchored in Dutch Harbor from March 15-17.

March 29, USS Germantown arrived in Juneau, Alaska, for a five-day port visit. Port call to San Francisco, Calif., from April 7-12 before MTT Phase III.

April 17, The Germantown returned to Naval Base San Diego after a seven-week underway period. Underway for All Comers At Sea Training (ACAT) from May 4-8; Underway for Type Training from May 10-15; Underway for OPPE on June 3; Underway for REFTRA from June 15-19; Moored at Broadway Pier from June 19-21.

July 3, The dock landing ship moored again at Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego for a three-day visit. Underway for exercise Tandem Thrust '92, in the SOCAL Op. Area, from July 6-21; Underway for REFTRA from Aug. 2-7 and 9-12th; Underway for sea trials from Oct. 6-9.

November 3, USS Germantown arrived in its new homeport of Naval Base Sasebo in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan, after a three-week transit from San Diego, Calif.

From December 1-19, the Germantown was underway as part of the USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3) ARG. Inport Buckner Bay, Okinawa, from Dec. 2-4 and 16-18th; Port visit to Hong Kong from Dec. 8-13.

January 11, 1993 LSD 42 departed Sasebo for the first part of Spring Patrol. Onload at Buckner Bay from Jan. 13-15; Blue/Green work-ups from Jan. 19-24; Port call to Apra Harbor, Guam, from Jan. 25-27; Participated in exercise Valiant Usher from Feb. 1-4; On/offload at Okinawa from Feb. 5-8; Offload off Pohang, ROK, from Feb. 10-11; Upkeep at Naval Base Sasebo from Feb. 12-24.

February 24, USS Germantown departed homeport for the second part of patrol. Onload at Buckner Bay from Feb. 26-28.

March 3, The Germantown arrived in Pohang, Republic of Korea, for a two-day port call to offload Marines and equipment in support of exercise Team Spirit '93. Brief stop in Yokosuka, Japan, from March 14-15 to deliver LCAC 42 for repairs.

From March 18-29, USS Germantown made two "pumps" between Pohang and Buckner Bay, conducting backloads in Korea and offloads at Okinawa. Returned to Sasebo on March 31.

May 1, The Germantown departed Naval Base Sasebo in support of exercise Cobra Gold '93, as part of the USS Belleau Wood ARG. Backloaded remaining Marine Corps equipment at Pohang on May 2; Onload at Buckner Bay from May 4-7; Inport Sattahip, Thailand, from May 14-16 and 24-26th.

May 26, The dock landing ship anchored off Pattaya Beach, Thailand, for a five-day port visit. Offload at Okinawa on June 9; Returned home on June 10.

July 7, USS Germantown departed Sasebo for a Summer Patrol with the USS Belleau Wood ARG. Onloaded 31st MEU at Okinawa from July 9-11; Participated in exercise Tandem Thrust, in the Guam Op. Area, from from July 15-22; Inport Buckner Bay from July 26-29; Underway for Blue/Green work-ups and CERTEX from July 29- Aug. 4; Inport Buckner Bay again from Aug. 4-5.

August 9, The Germantown pulled into Hong Kong for a five-day port call. Upkeep at Surabaya, Indonesia, from Aug. 19-27; Port visit to Fremantle, Australia, from Sept. 7-13; Offload in Buckner Bay from Sept. 26-29.

September 30, USS Germantown returned to homeport after a nearly three-month underway period.

November 7, LSD 42 departed Naval Base Sasebo for an independent western Pacific patrol in support of Operation Remembrance. Onload at Buckner Bay, Okinawa, from Nov. 8-9.

November 18, The Germantown anchored off the coast of Tarawa Atoll for a four-day visit to the Republic of Kiribati, to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Tarawa.

November 26, USS Germantown anchored off Honiara, Solomon Islands, for a four-day port visit to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal.

December 9, The dock landing ship arrived in Okinawa for a brief stop to offload Marines. Returned home on Dec. 11.

January 10, 1994 USS Germantown commenced a three-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) while pierside at Naval Base Sasebo.

January 21, Cmdr. Eric J. Baltrush relieved Cmdr. James D. Bray as the 5th CO of Germantown during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship.

On March 31, USS Germantown was underway for sea trials. Underway again from April 7-8; Ammo onload on April 8; Underway for Independent Steaming Exercises (ISE) in the East China Sea from April 14-21; Underway again on April 29.

May 2, LSD 42 arrived in Naval Base Yokosuka, Japan, for a three-week training availability. Underway in the Philippine Sea from May 25-27; Returned home on May 28; Underway for Independent Steaming Exercises (ISE) in the Philippine Sea from June 6-14 and 20-22nd; Underway for OPPE on June 30.

July 5, USS Germantown departed Sasebo, japan, for an independent western Pacific patrol in support of Operation Remembrance. Inport White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, from July 6-9.

July 15, The Germantown pulled into Apra Harbor for an eight-day upkeep and to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Liberation of Guam. Offload at Okinawa from July 31- Aug. 1 after participating in Valiant Usher 94-5; Returned home on Aug. 2; Underway for INSURV assessment on Aug. 9; Underway for sea trials from Oct. 1-2 after a four-week Planned Restricted Availability (PRAV).

October 5, USS Germantown departed Sasebo for a Fall Patrol, as part of the USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3) ARG. Inport White Beach, Okinawa, from Oct. 7-8; Port call to Manila, Philippines, from Oct. 12-15.

October 17, USS Germantown anchored off the coast of Leyte Gulf, Republic of the Philippines, to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Underway on Oct. 21 due to problems with main propulsion diesel engine; Returned home for emergent repairs on Oct. 26.

On January 9, 1995, Cmdr. Henry W. Naeger, Jr., assumed command of the LSD 42.

From Jan. 12-17, the Germantown was underway for sea trials after completing repairs. Underway in support of exercise Valiant Usher 95-1 off Korea and amphibious training

From January 21 through Feb. 3, USS Germantown was underway in support of exercise Valiant Usher 95-1 off Korea and amphibious training in the Okinawa Op. Area.

February 18, The dock landing ship departed homeport for a Family Appreciation Cruise.

March 3, Cmdr. Steven C. Rowland relieved Cmdr. Henry W. Naeger, Jr., as the 7th CO of USS Germantown.

March 7, USS Germantown departed Naval Base Sasebo for a three-month western Pacific deployment. Inport White Beach, Okinawa, from March 9-11.

From March 13-15, the Germantown participated in a 50th annual World War II commemoration of the Battle of Iwo Jima. Offload at Okinawa from March 18-20.

March 26, LSD 42 pulled again into White Beach Naval Facility for a three-day port call after conducting amphibious training off Okinawa. Conducted TSTA IV, Blue/Green work-ups and COMPTUEX/SOCEX in the Okinawa OPAREA through April 20; Inport White Beach from April 20-21.

April 24, USS Germantown pulled into Hong Kong for a four-day port visit. Upkeep at Surabaya, Indonesia, from May 4-12; Participated in Cobra Gold '95, in the Gulf of Thailand, from May 17-24; Offload at Okinawa from May 31- June 4; Returned to Sasebo on June 5.

From June 19-25, the Germantown was underway for the 50th annual World War II commemoration of the Battle of Okinawa. Underway in support of exercise Freedom Banner 95 from June 30- July 13; Inport Pohang, ROK, from July 1-5; This is the first time that Air Mine Countermeasure operations were conducted from the LSD 41-class ship.

July 21, USS Germantown departed homeport for a southern Pacific patrol to participate in a multi-national exercise Kangaroo 95. Onload at White Beach from July 22-23.

August 1, LSD 42 arrived in Townsville, Australia, for a four-day port call. Inport Townsville again from Aug. 25-27.

August 28, The Germantown pulled into Cairns, Australia, for a five-day port visit. Offload at Okinawa from Sept. 11-12; Returned home on Sept. 13.

October 16, USS Germantown entered the dry-dock at SSK Shipyard in Sasebo for a four-month Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA). Departed dry-dock on Jan. 12, 1996; Underway for sea trials from March 7-8; Underway for local operations from March 13-16 and 20-22nd.

April 15, USS Germantown departed Sasebo for a scheduled western Pacific deployment in support of the annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise.

April 22, the Germantown conducted LCAC swap with the USS Peleliu (LHA 5) ARG. Onload at White Beach, Okinawa, from April 25-27 after completing TSTA I.

April 30, The dock landing ship arrived in Manila, Republic of the Philippines, for the first phase of CARAT. Underway on May 3; Inport Subic Bay from May 4-5; Amphibious rehearsal in Manila Bay on May 5; Participate in amphibious exerices off the coast of Manila from May 7-10.

May 15, USS Germantown pulled into Tanjung Perak port for a five-day visit to Surabaya, Indonesia. Amphibious operations in the Asem Bagus Op. Area from May 20-25; Inport Jakarta, Indonesia, from May 26-28; Anchored off Tanjung Pinang on May 30.

May 31, LSD 42 pulled into Singapore for a two-day port call.

June 3, The Germantown arrived in Kuantan, Malaysia, for a six-day port call. Inport Kuantan again from June 12-14 for a closing ceremony of the third phase of CARAT exercise. Inport Sattahip for CARAT Thailand from June 16-22; Anchored off Chuk Samet Port for backload from June 26-27; Port visit to Singapore from June 30- July 8 before participating in exercise Valiant Mark; Anchored off Jurong Island for backload from July 10-12; Offload in Okinawa from July 19-21.

July 22, USS Germantown returned to homeport after more than a three-month underway period.

From August 6-9, the dock landing ship was underway for ISE in the East China Sea. Anchored off Sasebo from Aug. 13-14 as safe haven from Tyhoon Kirk; Undeway for ECERT from Aug. 19-22; Underway for local operations from Aug. 30-31; Underway again on Sept. 9; Training availability in Yokosuka from Sept. 15-25.

September 29, The Germantown anchored in Outer Apra Harbor, Guam, for LCAC swap with the USS Tarawa (LHA 1) ARG. Returned home on Oct. 3; Underway again for Engineering Certifications from Oct. 6-7.

October 11, Cmdr. Andrew T. Karakos relieved Cmdr. Steven C. Rowland as CO of LSD 42.

October 14, USS Germantown departed Naval Base Sasebo in support of exercise Foal Eagle. Onload at White Beach from Oct. 17-19; Inport Pohang, ROK, from Oct. 22-25; Offload in Okinawa from Nov. 10-11; Returned home on Nov. 13; Underway for Blue/Green work-ups off Okinawa from Nov. 3-19.

From January 22-24, 1997, the Germantown was underway for local operations. Underway for TSTA III from Jan. 27-31; Underway for FEP from Feb. 4-6.

February 13, USS Germantown departed Sasebo, Japan, for a Spring Patrol. Inport White Beach Naval Facility from Feb. 15-17 and 19-25th.

March 12, LSD 42 anchored off the coast of Townshend Island to participate in a biannual exercise Tundem Thrust, within Austalia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, after delayed for several days due to Typhoon Justin. Every night the ship moved outside the park to pump-and-dump trash and waste; Backload off Townshend from March 21-22.

March 23, USS Germantown arrived in Brisbane, Australia, for an eight-day port visit. Offload at Okinawa from April 10-12; Returned home on April 13.

May 12, The Germantown commenced a nine-week Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) while pierside at Naval Base Sasebo. Underway for sea trials from July 21-25; Port call to Busan, ROK, from Sept. 3-6; Onload at White Beach from Sept. 7-9.

September 11, USS Germantown arrived in Qingdao, China, for a four-day port visit. Inport Okinawa from Sept. 18-20; Returned home on Sept. 22; Underway for Mid Cycle Assessment (MCA) Preps. from Oct. 7-9.

October 15, The dock landing ship departed homeport for MCA in the East China Sea. Onload at White Beach from Oct. 18-21.

October 24, The Germantown arrived in Pohang, Republic of Korea, for a four-day port call before participating in at-sea phase of exercise Foal Eagle as part of the USS Belleau Wood ARG.

November 9, LSD 42 anchored in Victoria Harbour for a five-day port visit to Hong Kong. Offload at Okinawa from Nov. 17-19; Returned to Sasebo on Nov. 20.

June 16, 1998 Cmdr. Joseph H. Parker relieved Cmdr. Andrew T. Karakos as commanding officer of the Germantown.

October 20, USS Germantown departed Sasebo for a surge Middle East deployment as part of the USS Belleau Wood ARG.

January 2, 1999 The Germantown moored at Mina Salman Pier in Manama, Bahrain, for a six-day upkeep. Port call to Jebel Ali, U.A.E., from Jan. 29- Feb. 5.

March 1, The dock landing ship anchored off Phuket, Thailand, for a five-day visit. Offload at White Beach, Okinawa, from March 14-16.

March 17, USS Germantown returned to Naval Base Sasebo after a five-month underway period.

From April 21-22, the Germantown was anchored on Sasebo Harbor for ammunition offload. Commenced a SRA on April 27; Underway for sea trials from July 7-10.

From July 15-24, LSD 42 was underway for Korean Integrated Training Program with the USS Peleliu (LHA 5) ARG and Korean marine and naval forces. Onload at Pohang from July 16-18; Backload from July 22-23.

From August 1-26, USS Germantown was underway for Blue/Green work-ups and SOCEX off Okinawa.

September 11, The Germantown departed Sasebo en route to degaussing range near Naval Base Yokosuka. Emergent repais to SSDG in Yokosuka, Japan, from Sept. 14-27; Returned home on Sept. 29.

October 16, USS Germantown departed homeport in support of exercise Foal Eagle '99. Onload at Okinawa from Oct. 19-24; Inport Pohang, ROK, from Oct. 26-29 and Nov. 2-5; Port visit to Manila, Philippines, from Nov. 10-16; Offload at White Beach from Nov. 18-19; Returned to Sasebo on Nov. 20; Underway for Command Assessment of Readiness and Training (CART) II from Dec. 6-10.

February 15, 2000 Cmdr. Eugene M. Abler relieved Cmdr. Joseph H. Parker as CO of the Germantown.

August 11, USS Germantown departed Sasebo for its last patrol as part of the USS Belleau Wood ARG. LHA 3 departed Japan for a homeport change to San Diego, Calif.

January 29, 2001 The Germantown departed Naval Base Sasebo for a four-day underway to conduct sea trials. Underway again on Feb. 7.

February 10, LSD 42 arrived in Naval Base Yokosuka for a 16-day training availability. Returned home on Feb. 27; Underway for Blue/Green work-ups and SOCEX in Okinawa OPAREA from March 5-31.

April 23, USS Germantown departed Sasebo for a southern Pacific patrol in support of exercise Tundem Thrust. Onload at White Beach, Okinawa, from April 25-27.

May 10, The dock landing ship pulled into Cairns, Australia, for a five-day port visit; Inport Townsville from May 28- June 2.

June 12, The Germantown moored again at White Beach Naval Facility to offload 31st MEU; Returned to homeport on June 14.

September 28, Cmdr. Bradley D. Martin relieved Cmdr. Eugene M. Abler as the 11th CO of Germantown.

October 2, USS Germantown departed Sasebo for Blue/Green work-ups as part of the USS Essex (LHD 2) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG). Inport Okinawa from Oct. 6-8 and 9-10.

October 23, LSD 42 pulled into Darwin, Australia, for a four-day port call.

October 27, The Germantown arrived off the coast of Dili, East Timor, to assist the U.S. Support Group East Timor with humanitarian and civic assistance projects.

November 4, The dock landing ship anchored in Malakal Harbor for a three-day port visit to Koror, Republic of Palau; Port call to Subic Bay from Nov. 11-15; Inport White Beach from Nov. 19-20.

November 21, USS Germantown returned to homeport after a seven-week Fall Patrol.

From December 12-14, the Germantown was underway for Command Assessment of Readiness and Training (CART) II.

From April 5-12, 2002, USS Germantown delivered over 300 U.S. Navy Seabees engineers and Marines, from the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 4 and security elements from the 31st MEU, by landing craft to Basilan Island in Southern Philippines. These service members have begun working on infrastructure improvements for U.S. Special Forces troops assigned in the Philippines in support of Operation Enduring Freedom; Returned to Sasebo on April 30; Underway for UD from June 22-24; Underway for FEP from June 26-28; Arrived in Pearl Harbor on July 31.

August 16, Cmdr. Donald R. J. Shunkwiler took the command of the USS Germantown during an exchange of command and crew ("hull swap") ceremony with the USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

September 3, USS Germantown arrived in its new homeport of Naval Station San Diego after a seven-week transit from Sasebo, Japan.

From Sept. 16-18, the dock landing ship was underway for ammo offload at NWS Seal Beach.

December 12, Cmdr. Henry D. Angelino, Jr., relieved Cmdr. Donald R. J. Shunkwiler as commanding officer of USS Germantown.

February 5, 2003 USS Germantown returned to Naval Station San Diego after a four-month Depot Planned Maintenance Availability (DPMA) at the Southwest Marine shipyard. Underway for sea trials, ammo onload and "Leaders to Sea" program from Feb. 18-28; Underway for CART II from March 6-7; Underway for routine training from March 14-20, March 24- April 1; Emergent repairs to fuel oil mainfiled through the end of April; Underway for COMPTUEX from May 9-23 and June 9-20; Underway for JTFEX from July 25- Aug. 8.

August 22, USS Germantown departed San Diego for a scheduled deployment, with the USS Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 1, in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

August 23, The Germantown onloaded Marines and equipment from the 13th MEU, including 3 LCACs from the ACU-5, off Camp Pendleton, Calif. Brief stops in Pearl Harbor and Singapore en route to Arabian Gulf.

January 1, 2004 Fifteen individuals were detained and an estimated 2,800 pounds of hashish (approximately $11 million street value) were seized by U.S. and coalition maritime forces following the interception of a dhow in the North Arabian Sea. This interception is the third in two weeks by coalition maritime forces.

March 9, USS Germantown returned home after six-and-a-half month deployment. The Peleliu ESG conducted humanitarian assistance and security and stabilization missions in Iraq, as well as Operation Iraqi Freedom, MIO on land in southern Iraq and at sea in the Arabian Gulf. They also patrolled international waters in the Red Sea and Horn of Africa to deter the transport of terrorist personnel and equipment. ESG 1’s most complex coalition mission came in January, when the group served as command and control for exercise Sea Saber, a coalition maritime interdiction training exercise.

October 26, Cmdr. John D. Deehr relieved Cmdr. Henry D. Angelino, Jr., as the 14th CO of LSD 42.

November 18, The Germantown completed ESG Integration Exercise (ESGINT) in the SOCAL Op. Area. Completed Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), with the Peleiu ESG, on Dec. 16.

January 13, 2006 LSD 42 departed homeport for a two-week Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX).

February 15, USS Germantown departed Naval Base San Diego for a scheduled Middle East deployment, with the USS Peleliu ESG-3 and the 11th MEU, in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

May 7, The Germantown provided medical assistance to an injured Iranian fisherman in the North Arabian Gulf. The ship is currently conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO) as part of the Combined Task Force (CTF) 152.

July 9, The dock landing ship concluded its operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR).

August 5, The Germantown arrived in Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a brief port call to embark friends and family members for a Tiger Cruise.

August 16, USS Germantown returned to homeport after a six-month deployment in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Fredom.

August 21, Cmdr. Steven D. Vincent relieved Cmdr. John D. Deehr as CO of the Germantown.

July 18, 2007 The Germantown provided emergency medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) assistance to a civilian boat off the coast of San Diego. LSD 42 is currently conducting routine training in the SOCAL Op. Area.

September 17, USS Germantown is currently underway for a Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPUTEX), with the USS Tarawa (LHA 1) ESG and the 11th MEU, off the coast of southern California.

November 5, USS Germantown departed Naval Base San Diego for a scheduled deployment.

December 27, The Germantown provided assistance to an Iranian fishing dhow in the Arabian Sea, on the first day of Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the U.S. 5th Fleet AoR.

January 7, 2008 Cmdr. Keith G. Moore relieved Cmdr. Steven D. Vincent as CO of LSD 42 during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship at sea.

June 3, USS Germantown returned to San Diego after a seven-month deployment, as part of the USS Tarawa Expeditionary Strike Group.

July 29, USS Germantown departed Naval Station Everett after an overnight stay to participate in 59th annual Seattle Seafair festivities.

In December, the Germantown commenced a seven-month Extended Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (E-DSRA) at NASSCO shipyard in San Diego.

April 14, 2010 Cmdr. Michael A. Crary relieved Cmdr. Keith G. Moore as the 17th CO of Germantown.

June 1, The Germantown is currently participating in a Navy/Marine Corps training exercise Dawn Blitz 2010, as part of the Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) ARG, off the coast of southern California. LSD 42 was the first ship on the West Coast to go through the Dock Landing Ship (LSD) mid-life maintenance process, during which the ship was refitted with upgraded technology and systems.

January 4, 2011 USS Germantown departed San Diego for a scheduled deployment and a homeport change to Sasebo, Japan, after undergoing an extended yard period and back to back inspections; Inport Sasebo from Jan. 24-26.?

January 29, The Germantown departed White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa after on-loading elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), for a western Pacific Patrol, as part of the USS Essex (LHD 2) Amphibious Ready Group.

February 25, The dock landing ship departed Laem Chabang, Thailand, after a four-day port visit.

March 3, USS Germantown pulled into Tanjung Perak port for a four-day visit to Surabaya, Indonesia.

March 11, LSD 42 is diverted to rendezvous with USS Essex and USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49), off the coast of Japan, to prepare for any humanitarian assistance/disaster relief duties, in the wake of a catastrophic magnitude 9.0 earthquake that left thousands dead on Friday.

April 7, The Germantown arrived at Okinawa for a two-day port call to disembark components of the 31st MEU.

April 11, USS Germantown arrived in its new homeport of Fleet Activities Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan, after a three-month western Pacific deployment.

April 21, Cmdr. Antonio D. Hull took command of USS Germantown during an exchange of command and crew ("hull swap") ceremony with the USS Harpers Ferry at Commander, Fleet Activities Sasebo.

May 23, The Germantown departed Fleet Activities Sasebo for routine training; Brief stop at Okinawa on May 25 and June 8; Returned home on June 10.

June 23, USS Germantown departed Sasebo for a Summer Patrol in the western Pacific, as part of the USS Essex ARG. Inport White Beach from June 27-29.

July 7, The Germantown pulled into Townsville, Australia, for a port visit, after being originally slated to dock in Cairns, before participating in exercise Talisman Sabre 2011.

August 3, The dock landing ship arrived in Brisbane for a scheduled port call.

August 5, Cmdr. Carol E. McKenzie relieved Cmdr. Antonio D. Hull as CO of the Germantown during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship in Brisbane, Australia.

August 25, LSD 42 returned to homeport after a two-month underway period.

September 21, USS Germantown departed Fleet Activities Sasebo for a Fall Patrol. Onload at White Beach, Okinawa, from Sept. 23-26.

October 22, The Germantown pulled into Subic Bay, Philippines, for the start of the annual bilateral Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX).

November 2, The dock landing ship arrived in Manila, Republic of the Philippines, for a three-day port visit.

November 8, USS Germantown arrived at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, to offload components of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and prepare for White Beach Festival, scheduled to take place from Nov. 12-13; Returned home on Nov. 17.

January 30, 2012 USS Germantown departed Sasebo for a Spring Patrol and to participate in the 31st annual multi-lateral exercise Cobra Gold in Thailand. Brief stop in Okinawa on Feb. 2.

February 21, LSD 42 pulled into Laem Chabang, Thailand, for a scheduled port visit to Pattaya; Upkeep in Sasebo from March 5-9.

March 12, The Germantown arrived off the coast of Iwo To, Japan, to participate in the 2012 Reunion of Honor, a ceremony to commemorate the 67th anniversary of the battle of Iwo Jima. Returned home on March 19.

May 4, USS Germantown departed Sasebo to participate in the annual exercise series Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2012. Inport White Beach, Okinawa, from May 7-8.

May 16, The Germantown arrived in Sattahip Naval Base, Thailand, for the first phase of CARAT. USS Lassen (DDG 82), USNS Safeguard (T-ARS 50), USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11) and USCGC Waesche (WMSL 751) are also participating.

May 30, USS Germantown pulled into Tanjung Perak Port in Surabaya, Indonesia, for a five-day port call before participating in the second phase of CARAT exercise.

June 14, The dock landing ship anchored off the coast of Pulau Pangkor, Malaysia, in preparation for the third phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training.

July 2, USS Germantown returned to Fleet Activities Sasebo after a two-month underway period; Underway for routine training from July 19-30.

August 8, LSD 42 commenced a two-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) while moored at India Pier on Naval Base Sasebo; Underway for sea trials from Nov. 26-28; Underway again on Nov. 29.

December 3, The Germantown arrived in Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a four-day port call. Returned home on Dec. 10.

January 15, 2013 USS Germantown departed Naval Base Sasebo for a Spring Patrol, as part of the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) ARG, in support of the annual exercise Cobra Gold.

January 18, USS Germantown moored at White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa, Japan, for onload before conducting Amphibious Integration Training (AIT) and Certification Exercise (CERTEX).

February 8, The dock landing ship arrived in the Gulf of Thailand to participate in a multinational exercise Cobra Gold, from Feb. 11-22; Inport White Beach from March 21-25; Returned home on March 29; Underway again on April 17.

May 2, USS Germantown pulled into White Beach Naval Facility for a two-day port call after participated in Sangyong 2013 in South Korea as part of the annual exercise Foal Eagle; Returned to Sasebo on May 8.

May 31, Cmdr. Jason R. Leach relieved Cmdr. Carol E. McKenzie as CO of the Germantown during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Fleet Activities Sasebo.

June 17, USS Germantown departed homeport for a Summer Patrol as part of the USS Bonhomme Richard ARG. Anchored in Sasebo Harbor from June 17-18.

June 24, The Germantown moored at White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa for a four-day port call to onload Marines and equipment.

July 4, LSD 42 pulled into Darwin, Australia, for a scheduled port visit before participating in a biennial joint exercise Talisman Sabre 2013, off the coast of Queensland, from July 15- Aug. 5.

August 15, USS Germantown arrived in Cairns, Australia, for a four-day port visit.

September 1, The divers from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5, embarked aboard the Germantown, retrieved two unarmed MK-82 rounds on Aug. 29 and 30th, that were emergency-jettisoned by two AV-8B Harrier aircraft, approximately 16 n.m. south of Bell Cay in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park of Capricorn channel, on July 16.

September 11, The dock landing ship arrived in Okinawa, Japan, for a brief port call to conduct offload; Returned home on Sept. 30.

November 14, USS Germantown departed Fleet Activities Sasebo in support of Operation Damayan to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster support to Philippines, in the wake of a deadly Super Typhoon Haiyan. Inport White Beach, Okinawa, for onload from Nov. 15-17; Arrived in the vicinity of Tacloban on Nov. 20; Offload in Okinawa from Dec. 3-4; Returned home on Dec. 6.

February 26, 2014 The Germantown departed homeport for a nine-day underway to conduct routine training.

March 7, Rear Adm. Hugh D. Wetherald, Commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, relieved of duty Cmdr. Jason Leach due to a "loss of confidence in his ability to command." Capt. Marvin E. Thompson, Deputy Commodore of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11, assumed temporary command of the LSD 42.

March 28, USS Germantown departed Sasebo, Japan, for routine training. Moored at Berth 7, India Basin on April 10; Underway for local operations from May 13-14, 16-21, 27-29 and May 31- June ?; Underway for deck landing qualifications from Aug. 14-18; Underway for INSURV Preps. from Aug. 20-21; Underway for a Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) assessment from Aug. 26-27.

September 2, USS Germantown departed India Basin for a Fall Patrol as part of the USS Peleliu (LHA 5) ARG; Anchored at A-39 for ammo onload from Sept. 2-4.

September 5, The Germantown anchored off Okinawa to conduct onload; Moored at Navy Pier, White Beach Naval Facility, from Sept. 6-8; Inport Sasebo for "safe haven" from Tropical Storm Fung-Wong from Sept. 18-24; Conducted off/onload off the coast of Camp Schwab, Okinawa, on Sept. 25.

September 28, USS Germantown moored at Alava Pier in Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, for a two-day port call before participating in a bilateral Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 2015; Inport Subic Bay for backload from Oct. 11-15; Inport White Beach, Okinawa, for offload from Oct. 21-22; Moored at Navy Pier again on Oct. 25.

October 27, Cmdr. Gary A. Harrington, II relieved Capt. Marvin E. Thompson as the 21st CO of Germantown during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at White Beach Naval Facility.

October 30, LSD 42 recently anchored off Camp Schwab, Okinawa, in preparation for amphibious training exercise Blue Chromite with the 4th Marine Regiment and the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, from Nov. 2-6; Moored at Navy Pier again from Nov. 6-10; Participated in ANNUALEX/Keen Sword exercise from Nov. 11-12; Returned to Sasebo on Nov. 14.

May 4, 2015 USS Germantown departed Berth 3, Juliet Basin Wharf for a two-day underway to conduct sea trials following a five-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA); Underway for routine training on May 12.

May 22, The Germantown moored at Berth 12 in Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a two-week training availability (TRAV); Returned to Sasebo on June 8.

July 16, USS Germantown departed Fleet Activities Sasebo for a Summer Patrol.

July 17, The dock landing ship moored at Navy Pier, White Beach Naval Facility for onload; Inport Apra Harbor, Guam, for onload from July 24-27.

August 4, USS Germantown moored at North Jamrud Pier, Tanjung Perak Port in Surabaya, Indonesia, to participate in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise; Underway for at-sea phase from Aug. 6-9; Inport Surabaya again from Aug. 9-11.

August 14, LSD 42 arrived off the north-eastern coast of Borneo to conduct offload in preparation for CARAT Malaysia.

August 27, USS Germantown moored at Berth 3, West Quay, Chuk Samet Port in Sattahip to participate in CARAT Thailand; Underway for at-sea phase from Aug. 30- Sept. 2; Inport Sattahip again from Sept. 2-3; Anchored in Apra Harbor for offload on Sept. 11; Moored at Victor Wharf from Sept. 12-18.

From September 18-19, the Germantown conducted deck landing qualifications with two U.S. Army UH-60 Blackhawks, assigned to the Andersen Air Force Base (AFB).

September 30, USS Germantown recently arrived off the coast of Palawan, Philippines, to participate in annual Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) through Oct. 8.

October 13, USS Germantown moored at China Merchants Wharf in Kennedy Town, Hong Kong Island for a five-day liberty port visit; Transited the Taiwan Strait northbound on Oct. 23.

October 25, The dock landing ship arrived in White Beach, Okinawa, for a two-day port call to embark Marines from the 4th Marine Regiment, Marine Aircraft Group 36 and Combat Logistics Regiment (CLR) 4, 3rd MLG in preparation for amphibious training exercise Blue Chromite 16; Moored at Navy Pier again for offload and to embark "Tigers" from Oct. 30- Nov. 2.

November 4, USS Germantown moored at Berth 7, India Basin in Sasebo following a 16-week patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR).

January 29, 2016 USS Germantown departed Sasebo for an annual Spring Patrol as part of the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) ARG.

February 1, The Germantown moored at Navy Pier, White Beach Naval Facility for a three-day port call to onload Marines and equipment in preparation for Amphibious Integration Training (AIT) and Certification Exercises (CERTEX); Anchored off White Beach from Feb. 21-23; Moored at Navy Pier again from Feb. 29- March 1.

March 3, USS Germantown moored at Berth 2, Pier 11 on Chinhae Naval Base for a four-day port visit to the Republic of Korea.

March 10, LSD 42 anchored off Pohang, ROK, to participate in amphibious landing exercise Ssang Yong 2016.

March 13, USS Germantown moored at Container Terminal in Port of Gwangyang, Republic of Korea, for a brief port call to embark Marines and M1A1 Abrams, from the 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, in preparation for the Assault Follow-On Echelon (AFOE) portion of SY16; Anchored in Sasebo Harbor for onload on March 14; Anchored off Pohang again from March 17-18.?

March 20, The Germantown moored at Navy Pier, White Beach Naval Facility for a three-day port call to conduct offload; Anchored in Sasebo Harbor for offload from March 24-25.

March 28, USS Germantown moored at Harbor Master Pier (HMP) East in Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a week-long training availability (TRAV); Moored at Berth 7, India Basin in Sasebo on April 9.

May 12, Cmdr. Severn Stevens relieved Cmdr. Gary A. Harrington, II as CO of the Germantown during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.

June 23, USS Germantown moored at Berth 6, India Basin after a three-day underway for routine training.

August 10, USS Germantown departed Sasebo for an annual Fall Patrol, as part of the USS Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7.

August 17, The dock landing ship moored at Army Pier, White Beach Naval Facility for a four-day port call to conduct onload, in preparation for Amphibious Integration Training (AIT) and Certification Exercises (CERTEX) off the coast of Okinawa.

September 20, The Germantown anchored in Apra Harbor, Guam, for amphibious landing exercise as part of Valiant Shield 2016.

September 28, USS Germantown moored at Pier 15 in Manila South Harbor, Republic of the Philippines, for a five-day liberty port visit.

October 5, LSD 42 moored at Alava Pier in Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, for a brief port call before participating in PHIBLEX 2017; Brief stop at Alava Pier for backload on Oct. 11.

October 16, USS Germantown moored at Berth 5, New Wharf in Port of Sihanoukville, Cambodia, for a four-day visit; Moored at Army Pier, White Beach Naval Facility for offload and to embark "Tigers" from Oct. 28-29; Anchored in Sasebo Harbor on Oct. 31.

November 1, USS Germantown moored at Berth 1, India Basin in Fleet Activities Sasebo following a nearly 12-week patrol.