USS FORT MCHENRY
LSD 43
  
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The Fort McHenry (LSD 43) is the third dock landing ship of the Whidbey Island-class and is named for the national monument in Baltimore, Maryland.

The keel was laid down by the Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company of Seattle, Wash., on June 10, 1983. Christened and launched on February 1, 1986. The Honorable Helen D. Bentley served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. George S. Rhodes is the prospective commanding officer.

From May 11-15, 1987, the Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Fort McHenry was underway for the first time to conduct Builder's (Alpha "A") sea trials. Underway for acceptance trials from June 15-19.

August 8, USS Fort McHenry was commissioned during a ceremony at Lockheed shipyard in Seattle.

September 9, The dock landing ship moored at Naval Magazine Indian Island, Wash., for initial ammunition onload. Anchored off Vancouver, Canada, from Sept. 11-13.

September 17, The Fort McHenry pulled into Naval Station Treasure Island in San Francisco, Calif., for an 11-day training availability.

September 30, USS Fort McHenry arrived in its homeport of Naval Station San Diego, Calif., after a 22-day transit from Seattle, Wash.

From Oct. 19-30, LSD 43 was underway for routine training in the SOCAL Op. Area. Underway for combined Shakedown and Interim Refresher Training from Nov. 2-20; Underway for final contract trials on Dec. 4; Underway for Amphibious Refresher Training (PHIBREFTRA) from Jan. 4-8, 1988; Underway again on Jan. 11; Ammo offload at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach from Jan. 13-14.

January 15, USS Fort McHenry entered the Southwest Marine Shipyard in San Diego for a two-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA). Returned to homeport on March 10; Underway for local operations from March 28- April 1 and April 4-7; Underway for amphibious exercise Kernel Usher 88-2 from April 12-29; Underway for routine training from May 4-6 and 10-11th; underway for Operational Propulsion Plant Examination (OPPE) from May 16-17.

May 27, Capt. Donald F. Santaramita relieved Capt. William A. Gaines as Commander, Amphibious Squadron (COMPHIBRON) 3 during a change-of-command cereomyn aboard the Fort McHenry.

From May 31- June 1, the dock landing ship was underway for sea trials. Underway again for local operations on June 13.

June 16, USS Fort McHenry departed San Diego for its maiden deployment with the USS New Orleans (LPH 11) ARG and 15th MEU. Anchored in Buckner Bay, Okinawa, from July 7-8.

July 12, The Fort McHenry pulled into Subic Bay, Philippines, for a five-day port call.

July 21, LSD 43 anchored off Sattahip, Thailand, in preparation for annual exercise Cobra Gold. Anchored off Pattaya, Thailand, from Aug. 4-8.

August 18, USS Fort McHenry moored outboard USS Ogden (LPD 5) in Fremantle, Australia, for a week-long port visit to Perth before participating in exercise Valiant Usher 88-6.

September 21, The Fort McHenry moored at Alava Pier in Subic Bay for a 24-day upkeep.

October 20, USS Fort McHenry moored to buoy in Victoria Harbour for a four-day port visit to Hong Kong, British Dependent Teritory. Anchored in Buckner Bay from Oct. 29-30.

November 1, The dock landing ship anchored off Pohang, ROK, in support of amphibious exercise Valiant Blitz 89-1. Anchored off Pohang again on Nov. 8; Port call to Pusan from Nov. 12-15; Brief stop in Okinawa on Nov. 17; Port call to Yokosuka, Japan, from Nov. 20-26; Inport Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, from Dec. 6-8.

December 16, USS Fort McHenry returned to homeport after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR).

From January 26 through Feb. 9, 1989, the Fort McHenry was underway in support of exercise Kernel Blitz 89-1. Underway for routine training from March 7-10; Underway for CALTROP '89 with the 7th Infrantry Light on March 13.

March 19, USS Fort McHenry moored at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, Calif., for a three-day port visit. Returned home on March 24.

April 28, The Fort McHenry departed Naval Station San Diego to participate in a Joint Task Force Alaskan oil spill clean-up effort at anchorage in the Prince William Sound.

May 5, LSD 43 pulled into Valdez, Alaska, for a two-day port call to onload civilian workers hired by Exxon.

June 14, USS Fort McHenry arrived in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, for a four-day port visit. Returned to San Diego on June 22; Underway again on July 28.

August 2, The Fort McHenry arrived in Seattle, Wash., for a five-day port visit to participate in Seafair festivities. Returned home on Aug. 11.

August 29, Cmdr. James A. Haves relieved Cmdr. George S. Rhodes as CO of the USS Fort McHenry.

From September 7-8, the dock landing ship was underway for routine training off the coast of southern California. Underway again on Sept. 14.

September 16, USS Fort McHenry anchored off the coast of Newport Beach, Calif., for a brief port visit. Underway for Independent Steamimg Exercises (ISE) and ammo offload at NWS Seal Beach from Oct. 2-4.

October 5, The Fort McHenry moored at Mole Pier in Naval Station San Diego for a two-month Phased Maintenance Availability (PMA). Underway for sea trials from Dec. 13-14 and Jan. 12-15; Magnetic deperming at Naval Submarine Base Point Loma from Jan. 16-19, 1990; underway for local operations from Jan. 22-25, Jan. 31- Feb. 2 and Feb. 6-8; underway for Interim REFTRA from Feb. 26- March 2 and March 5-9; Underway for Engineering Assessment from March 14-16; Underway for PHIBREFTRA off from March 19-23 and 26-30th; Underway for OPPE from April 17-19.

From April 26- May 9, the Fort McHenry was underway in support of exercise Kernel Usher 90-5 in the SOCAL Op. Area. Underway for a Dependent's Day cruise on June 13.

June 20, USS Fort McHenry departed San Diego for a scheduled western Pacific deployment with other ships from the PHIBRON 5.

July 12, The dock landing ship moored at Army Pier in Buckner Bay, Okinawa, for a brief port call. Inport subic Bay from July 17- Aug. 12; Port call to Hong Kong from Aug. 15-20.

August 22, USS Fort McHenry moored at Leyte Pier at Naval Air Station Cubi Point, Subic Bay, Philippines, for a brief stop to onload equipment in support of Operations Desert Shield.

From Sept. 7 through Nov. 5, the Fort McHenry operated in the North Arabain Sea in support of ODS. Participated in exercise Camel Sand with elements of PHIBRON 5 and COMPHIBGRU 2 (18 ships total), off southern Oman, from Oct. 1-5; and exercise Sea Soldier II from Oct. 31- Nov. 2.

November 19, LSD 43 moored at Rivera Pier on Naval Station Subic Bay for a 20-day upkeep. Underway for exercise Valiant Usher 91A from Dec. 9-13; Inport Subic Bay from Dec. 13-27.

December 31, USS Fort McHenry anchored at Man-O'-War Anchorage in Singapore for a six-day port visit. Returned to North Arabian Sea on Jan. 15.

January 17, 1991 The Fort McHenry entered the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Desert Storm. Anchored in southern Arabian Gulf from Jan. 18-21, 23-24, 25-31, Feb. 2-5, and 6-8th.

From February 10-15, USS Fort McHenry participated in amphibious rehearsal in Al Hamra training area, off United Arab Emirates. Operated in North Arabian Gulf (NAG) from Feb. 19 through March 5; Transited Strait of Hormuz on March 11; Inport Subic Bay from March 25-28; Offload at Camp Pendleton on April 16.

April 17, USS Fort McHenry returned to Naval Station San Diego after an extended 10-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet AoR.

June 3, The Fort McHenry entered the Southwest Marine shipyard in San Diego for a two-month Phased Maintenance Availability (PMA). Underway for sea trials from Aug. 6-7; Underway for routine training from Sept. 4-5.

September 12, Cmdr. Thomas J. Anderson relieved Cmdr. James A. Haves as CO of LSD 43.

Underway for routine training from Sept. 16-19, Oct. 7-11 and Nov. 4-8; Underway for PHIBREFTRA from Nov. 12-16.

From November 18-26, USS Fort McHenry was underway in support of exercise Kernel Usher 92-1 with other PHIBRON 5 ships.

January 6, 1992 USS Fort McHenry departed homeport for a surge Middle East deployment, as part of the USS Okinawa (LPH 3) ARG, in support of Operation Desert Storm.

January 16, The dock landing ship pulled into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a brief port call. Inport Subic Bay from Feb. 2-7; Entered the Arabian Gulf on Feb. 20; Participated in PHIBLEX at Ras al Ghar, Saudi Arabia, from Feb. 21-26; Participated in amphibious exercise Eager Mace in Kuwait from March 1-11.

March 13, The Fort McHenry pulled into Manama, Bahrain, for a 10-day upkeep.

April 2, USS Fort McHenry arrived in Mombasa, Kenya, for a five-day port visit.

April 22, LSD 43 pulled into Fremantle, Australia, for a five-day visit to Perth.

May 7, The dock landing ship pulled into Mulut, Malaysia, for a four-day Restricted Availability (RAV) to determine the dockyard's capabilities and access its fute potential in the wake of the Subic Bay closure; Brief stop in Sattahip, Thailand, from May 16-17.

May 26, USS Fort McHenry anchored off Pattaya Beach for a four-day port visit after participating in exercise Cobra Gold, in the Gulf of Thailand.

June 9, The Fort McHenry arrived in Hong Kong for a four-day port call. Inport Pearl Harbor from June 27-28.

July 7, USS Fort McHenry returned to San Diego after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet AoR.

September 21, LSD 43 entered the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego for a six-month Drydocking Phased Maintenance Availability (DPMA). Underway for sea trials from March 31- April 2, 1993; Underway in support of exercise Bell Thunder '93 from May 13-17.

June 9, Cmdr. Charles F. Webber relieved Cmdr. Thomas J. Anderson as the 4th commanding officer of Fort McHenry.

November 12, USS Fort McHenry departed Naval Station San Diego to conduct administrative lift of five new LCAC's from Panama City, Florida. Transited Panama Canal on Nov. 19.

November 26, The Fort McHenry pulled into New Orleans, La., for a four-day port visit. Southbound trainsit of Panama Canal on Dec. 6; Returned home on Dec. 16.

June 9, 1994 USS Fort McHenry departed San Diego for a scheduled deployment with the USS Tripoli (LPH 10) ARG and 15th MEU.

July 4, The dock landing ship pulled into Hong Kong for a five-day port visit. Port call to Singapore from July 14-19.

August 5, The Fort McHenry arrived in Aqaba, Jordan, for a week-long port call to participate in exercise Infinite Moonlight. Inport Manama, Bahrain, from Aug. 23-26.

August 27, USS Fort McHenry pulled into Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for a six-day upkeep.

From Sept. 9-15, the Fort McHenry operated off the coast of Mogadishu, Somalia, in support of Operation Restore Hope. Participated in exercise Sea Soldier IX, off the coast of Oman, from Sept. 21-27; and exercise Iron Magic from Oct. 2-8.

From Oct. 9-19, LSD 43 operated in the Northern Arabian Gulf (NAG) in support of Operation Vigilant Warrior, after 80,000 Iraqi troops positioned near the boarder with Kuwait.

October 21, The fort McHenry pulled into Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for an eight-day port call. Port visit to Singapore from Nov. 9-12; Inport Pearl Harbor from Nov. 29- Dec. 1.

December 9, USS Fort McHenry returned to homeport after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility.

January 17, 1995 USS Fort McHenry entered the Southwest Marine shipyard for a three-month Phased Maintenance Availability (PMA). Underway for sea trials from April 11-13; Underway for ammo onload and sea trials from May 8-10; Underway for Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) I from May 22- June 2; Underway for OPPE Preps. from June 5-9 and OPPE from June 12-16.

July 1, The Fort McHenry anchored off the coast of Santa Barbara, Calif., for a four-day port visit. Underway for local operations from July 12-13.

July 14, Cmdr. Michael W. Brannon relieved Cmdr. Charles F. Webber as CO of the USS Fort McHenry.

From July 17-20, the dock landing ship was underway off the coast of southern California for TSTA IV. Underway for Dependent's Cruise on Aug. 29.

September 9, LSD 43 arrived in Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a two-day port call.

September 20, The Fort McHenry pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a brief port call before participating in exercise Valiant Mark '95. Inport Guam again from Sept. 24-26 and 28-29th.

October 4, USS Fort McHenry arrived in its new homeport of Fleet Activities Sasebo in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan, after a 33-day transit from San Diego, Calif.

October 13, USS Fort McHenry departed Naval Base Sasebo for a western Pacific patrol in support of annual exercise Foal Eagle.

October 15, The dock landing ship pulled into White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa, Japan, for a two-day port call to onload Marines and equipment. Inport Pohang, ROK, from Oct. 19-22; Anchored off Chinhae from Oct. 29-31; Inport Pohang again for debrief and refuel from Nov. 4-6; Port call to Busan, ROK, from Nov. 8-12; Offload in Okinawa from Nov. 13-15; Returned home on Nov. 16.

January 5, 1996 The Fort McHenry departed Sasebo, Japan, for Blue/Green work-ups with the 31st MEU, off Okinawa, through Jan. 25. Onload in White Beach from Jan. 8-9.

January 31, USS Fort McHenry arrived in Shanghai, People's Republic of China, for a historic four-day port visit.

February 8, The dock landing ship moored at Chinhae Naval Base, Republic of Korea, for a two-day port call before participating in exercise Valiant Usher from Feb. 12-18; Returned to Sasebo on Feb. 27.

April 18, USS Fort McHenry departed homeport for a western Pacific patrol. Onloaded 1st Bn, 7th Marines and HMM-262 Det. in Okinawa from April 19-20.

April 28, The Fort McHenry pulled into Sattahip, Thailand, for a four-day port call before participating in a mine countermeasures exercise (MCMEX) with the Royal Thai Navy. Inport Sattahip again from May 9-11 before participating in exercise Cobra Gold.

May 22, USS fort McHenry anchored off Pattaya, Thailand, for a six-day visit. Port call to Hong Kong from June 1-5; Offload in White Beach from June 8-9; Inport Okinawa again for onload before Blue/Green work-ups; Participated in SOCEX from June 30- July 6 off Okinawa; Offload from July 6-8; anchored in sasebo Harbor on July 10 for ammo offload.

July 11, LSD 43 moored at India Basin, completing the nearly three-month underway period.

July 15, The Fort McHenry commenced a three-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).

July 16, USS Fort McHenry emergency sortied from Naval Base Sasebo to avoid the Super Typhoon Eve. Returned on July 19; Moved from India 1 to India 8 Pier on Aug. 15 in preparation for Typhoon Orson; Underway for sea trials from Oct. 15-18; Underway in support of biennial exercise Keen Sword from Nov. 4-9; Underway for routine training from Nov. 18-23.

From December 6-22, the dock landing ship was underway for Blue/Green work-ups off Okinawa.

March 3, 1997 Cmdr. Jack A. Federoff relieved Cmdr. Michael W. Brannon as CO of LSD 43.

January 23, 1998 USS Fort McHenry entered the Dry Dock #6 at Ship Repair Facility (SRF) in Sasebo for a 10-week Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA). Departed dry-dock on March 27; Underway for sea trials from April 1-3; Underway for routine training from April 14-16.

May 8, The Fort McHenry departed Fleet Activities Sasebo for a western Pacific patrol in support of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) '98 exercise. Onload in White Beach, Okinawa, from May 9-10.

May 19, LSD 43 anchored off Muara, Brunei, for the first phase of CARAT. Departed Brunei on May 22.

May 26, USS fort McHenry arrived in British naval base Sembawang in Singapore for a five-day port call. Inport Singapore again from June 6-7.

June 8, The Fort McHenry pulled into Penang, Malaysia, for a three-day port call. Inport Lumut, Malaysia, from June 21- July 3.

July 6, The dock landing ship moored at Royal Thai Navy installation in Sattahip for a week-long inport phase of CARAT Thailand. Inport Sattahip again from July 16-18; Port visit to Singapore from July 19-25; Offload in Okinawa from Aug. 3-6.

August 7, USS Fort McHenry returned to homeport after a three-month underway period.

August 24, The Fort McHenry departed Sasebo to undergo testing of electromagnetic transmitting and receiving equipment at SESEF range in Yokosuka, Japan. Inport Naval Base Yokosuka from Aug. 28-31.

October 19, USS Fort McHenry departed Fleet Activities Sasebo in support of annual exercise Foal Eagle. Onload at Okinawa from Oct. 21-24; Inport Pohang, ROK, from Oct. 27-29; Backloaded Marines in Pohang on Nov. 3; Offload in White Beach from Nov. 8-12; Returned home on Nov. 13.

November 24, Cmdr. Richard B. Landolt relieved Cmdr. Jack A. Federoff as commanding officer of the Fort McHenry.

From January 24-27, 2000, USS Fort McHenry was underway for sea trials after an extensive Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).

February 8, USS Fort McHenry departed Sasebo, Japan, for a Spring Patrol as part of the USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3) ARG. Onload at White Beach, Okinawa, from Feb. 9-11.

February 14, LSD 43 anchored in Victoria Harbour for a five-day port visit to Hong Kong.

February 22, The Fort McHenry arrived in Manila, Republic of the Philippines, for a four-day port call in support of exercise Balikatan. Inport Manila again from March 2-3; Off/Onload in Okinawa from March 7-11 before contucting Blue/Green work-ups and SOCEX; Inport White Beach Naval Facility again from March 27-28; Returned to homeport on March 29.

May 2, USS Fort McHenry departed Naval Base Sasebo to participate in annual multinational exercise Cobra Gold. Onload at White Beach from May 4-5; Anchored off Sattahip, Thailand, on May 11.

May 25, USS Fort McHenry anchored in the Gulf of Thailand for a five-day visit to Pattaya.

May 26, Cmdr. Peter W. D. Morford relieved Cmdr. Richard B. Landolt as the 8th CO of Fort McHenry.

June 6, LSD 43 moored at White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa, Japan, for a three-day port call to offload elements from the 31st MEU. Returned home on June 10.

July 10, USS Fort McHenry arrived in Naval Base Yokosuka for a two-week training availability.

From Aug. 23 through Sept. 1, the Fort McHenry was underway in support of exercise Ellipse Charlie that was canceled due to Typhoon Prapiroon.

September 12, USS Fort McHenry departed homeport for a Fall Patrol, as part of the USS Essex (LHD 2) ARG, earlier than scheduled to avoid the Typhoon Saomai.

September 20, The dock landing ship arrived in White Beach, Okinawa, for a two-day onload before Blue/Green work-ups; Anchored in Buckner Bay from Oct. 7-9; Inport Busan, ROK, from Oct. 14-15.

October 16, USS Fort McHenry arrived in Kure, Japan, for a four-day port visit.

October 22, The Fort McHenry arrived in Pohang, Republic of Korea, for a four-day in-port phase of exercise Foal Eagle 2000. Inport Pohang again from Nov. 3-4.

November 9, LSD 43 pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a five-day port call. Offloaded Marine Corps Battalion Landing Team 2/7 in Okinawa from Nov. 17-18.

November 19, USS Fort McHenry returned to Sasebo after more than a two-month underway period.

January 8, 2001 The Fort McHenry departed homeport for a western Pacific patrol. Inport White Beach for onload from Jan. 11-12.

January 15, The dock landing ship anchored in Victoria Harbour for a four-day port visit to Hong Kong.

January 26, LSD 43 pulled into Yokosuka, Japan, for a 17-day training availability. Returned home on Feb. 14; Ammo offload at Akasaki Pier on Feb. 15; Commenced a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) at India Basin Pier 1 on Feb. 16; Underway for sea trials and ammo onload at A-39 from June 8-13; Underway for routine training from June 18-22 and July 24-26; Underway for CART II at Okinawa from Aug. 2-11.

August 19, USS Fort McHenry emergency sortied from Fleet Activities Sasebo to avoid the Typhoon Pabuk. Port visit to Kagoshima, Japan, from Aug. 25-28; Returned home on Aug. 29; Underway for CSOD from Sept. 24-28.

October 2, The Fort McHenry departed Sasebo for an annual Fall Patrol as part of the USS Essex Amphibious Ready Goup (ARG).

October 5, The dock landing ship arrived in White Beach Naval Facility for a three-day onload. Recalled to White Beach on Oct. 9; Underway on Oct. 10 for Blue/Green work-ups and in support of humanitarian assistance in East Timor.

October 23, USS Fort McHenry pulled into Darwin, Australia, for a four-day port call. Anchored off Suai, East Timor, from Oct. 28-31; inport Darwin again from Nov. 3-6; East Timor humanitarian operations from Nov. 8-10; Offload in White Beach, Okinawa, from Nov. 18-19; Returned home on Nov. 21; Underway for routine training from Dec. 4-6.

December 12, Cmdr. Adrian J. Jansen, Sr., relieved Cmdr. Peter W. D. Morford as CO of LSD 43.

On December 13 and 14, the Fort McHenry was underway for Engineering Underway Demonstration (UD).

From January 28 through Feb. 13, 2002, USS Fort Mchenry was underway for routine training. Inport White Beach from Jan. 31- Feb. 1; Port visit to Hong Kong from Feb. 4-9.

March 2, USS Fort Mchenry departed Fleet Activities Sasebo for the first part of Spring Patrol, as part of the USS Essex ARG.

March 4, LSD 43 arrived in White Beach, Okinawa, for a three-day onload before Blue/Green work-ups. Arrived off the coast off Iwo Jima on March 12 for commemorating ceremony.

March 20, The Fort McHenry arrived in Pohang, Republic of Korea, for a brief port call before participating in exercise Foal Eagle. Backload off Pohang from Oct. 26-27; Participated in ARGEX/SOCEX off Okinawa from March 28- April 10; Inport White Beach from April 10-12; Upkeep in Sasebo from April 13-17; Underway again on April 18; Anchored in Manila Bay on April 22.

April 23, USS Fort McHenry arrived in Manila, Republic of the Philippines, for a six-day port call to participate in exercise Balikatan '02. Inport Manila again from May 4-6.

May 10, The dock landing ship anchored off Pattaya, Thailand, for a four-day port visit before participating in Cobra Gold 2002 through May 28.

June 3, The Fort McHenry anchored off Hong Kong for a five-day port visit.

June 13, LSD 43 moored at Changi Naval Base in Singapore for a four-day port call. Offload in Okinawa from June 22-24.

June 25, USS Fort McHenry returned to Sasebo, Japan, after completing a nearly four-month Spring Patrol.

June 28, The Fort McHenry departed homeport in support of exercise Neptune Thunder. Inport Busan, ROK, from June 28-30.

July 3, USS Fort McHenry arrived in Vladivostok, Russia, for a two-day port visit. Brief stop in Busan on July 8; Returned home on July 8.

July 15, The dock landing ship emergency sortied to Anchorage A-39 due to Typhoon Halong. Underway on July 17 en route to Basilan, Philippines, to backload equipment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom; Offload in White Beach on July 26; Returned home on July 27.

From Sept. 6-28, the Fort McHenry was underway for Blue/Green work-ups and ARGEX/SOCEX off Okinawa.

October 4, USS Fort McHenry entered the Dry Dock #6 at Ship Repair Facility Sasebo for a 10-week DSRA. Moved to India Basin Pier 1 on Nov. 22; Underway for sea trials from Dec. 17-18.

July 3, 2003 The Fort McHenry arrived in Vladivostok, Russia, for a four-day port visit.

August 4, Cmdr. Mark E. Weber relieved Cmdr. Adrian J. Jansen, Sr., as commanding officer of the USS Fort McHenry.

January 3, 2004 The fort McHenry departed homeport for routine training. Inport Yokosuka from Jan. 11-24 for training availability; Returned to Sasebo on Jan. 30.

February 16, USS Fort McHenry departed Fleet Activities Sasebo for an annual Spring Patrol. Onload in White Beach from Feb. 18-19.

February 23, LSD 43 arrived in Manila, Republic of the Philippines, to participate in annual amphibious exercise Balikatan through March 7.

March 10-12, The Fort McHenry participated in a 59th annual World War II commemoration of the Battle of Iwo Jima. Offload in Okinawa from March 14-15; Brief stop in Busa, ROK, from March 20-21.

March 22, USS Fort McHenry arrived in Pohang, Republic of Korea, for a brief port call to offload Marines for the joint U.S. - ROK naval exercise Foal Eagle '04. Backload in Pohang on March 29; Offload in Okinawa from April 3-5, Returned to homeport on April 9.

May 19, USS Fort McHenry departed Naval Base Sasebo in support of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise.

May 31, The dock landing ship pulled into Changi Naval Base for a six-day port call to participate in CARAT Singapore. The CARAT task group is consisting of USS Fort McHenry, Coast Guard High Endurance Cutter Mellon (WHEC 717), USS Russell (DDG 59), USS McCampbell (DDG 85) and USS Salvor (ARS 52). Underway for at-sea phase from June 6-10; Inport Singapore again from June 10-19.

June 21, The Fort McHenry arrived in Muara, Brunei, for a two-day port call. Underway for at-sea phase from June 23-24; Inport Muara from June 24-27.

June 30, USS Fort McHenry arrived in Sattahip naval base, Thailand, for the third phase of CARAT. Underway for at-sea phase from July 6-8; Inport Sattahip again for closing ceremonies from July 8-10.

July 11, LSD 43 arrived in Kuantan, Malaysia, to participate in fouth phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training exercise. Underway for at-sea phase from July 18-20; Anchored off Kuantan from July 20-23.

July 27, The Fort McHenry pulled into Subic Bay, Philippines, for the fifth phase of CARAT. Underway for at-sea phase from Aug. 1-5; Inport Subic Bay again from Aug. 5-6; Offload in Okinawa from Aug. 13-16; Anchored in Sasebo Harbor for ammo offload on Aug. 17.

August 18, USS Fort McHenry returned to Sasebo after a three-month underway period in the U.S. 7th Fleet AoR.

August 25, The dock landing ship commenced a 10-week Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Underway for sea trials from Nov. 15-19.

December 6, USS Fort McHenry departed Sasebo in support of United States humanitarian assistance and relief efforts on the east coast of Luzon, Philippines, after a series of typhoons devastated the area. Inport Subic Bay from Dec. 17-18; Inport White Beach, Okinawa, from Dec. 20-21; Returned home on Dec. 22.

March 19, 2005 USS Fort McHenry returned to Sasebo, Japan, after spending nearly three months deployed of the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, in support of Operation Unified Assistance. The dock landing ship joined Combined Support Force (CSF) 536 in Operation Unified Assistance and delivered more than 1.2 million pounds of humanitarian aid and disaster relief supplies to the area, which was devastated by the Dec. 26 tsunami. Assault Craft Unit 5’s Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) and Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 262 helicopter support delivered the much-needed supplies. The Fort McHenry also participated in activities marking the 60th Anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima, from March 10-12.

May 6, Cmdr. Michael T. Talaga relieved Cmdr. Mark E. Weber as CO of the Fort McHenry.

May 17, USS Fort McHenry departed Sasebo to take part in this year's Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training exercise.

July 9, The dock landing ship will soon return to its homeport after participating in CARAT Singapore (May 30- June 13) and CARAT Thailand (June 17-26).

October 22, LSD 43 pulled into Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, for a two-day port call before participating in Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 2006.

November 13, The Fort McHenry pulled into Hong Kong for a scheduled port visit. The Sasebo-based Amphibious Ready Group left White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 9 after unloading Marines and equipment of the 31st MEU.

November 21, USS Fort McHenry returned to Sasebo, Japan, after a seven-week Fall Patrol as part of the USS Essex ARG.

February 3, 2006 The Fort McHenry and JDS Ohsumi (LST 4001) will be conducting a second bilateral transport exercise, from Feb. 5-8, designed to enhance the maritime transport proficiency and interoperability of the U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force in support of humanitarian relief missions. Ohsumi and Fort McHenry also conducted the first bilateral transport exercise off the coast of Kure, Japan, in July 1999.

April 12, Cmdr. Mark H. Scovill aassumed command of the Fort McHenry during an exchange of command and crew ("hull swap") ceremony with the USS Tortuga (LSD 46). Exchange of command is part of the Navy’s long-range plan to routinely replace older ships assigned to the Navy’s FDNF with newer or more-capable ships. LSD 43 will depart Sasebo this month and return to Little Creek, Va., where it will then be homeported.

July 6, USS Fort McHenry arrived in its new homeport of Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek in Little Creek, Virginia, after a nearly 12 years forward deployed to Japan. While deployed, it participated in Joint Caribbean Lion 2006, a Dutch-led exercise off the coast of Aruba and The Netherlands Antilles island of Curacao before transiting to Baltimore for its last port visit.

August 11, Cmdr. Martin L. Pompeo relieved Cmdr. Mark H. Scovill as the 13th CO of Fort McHenry.

October 16, 2007 USS Fort McHenry departed Little Creek for a scheduled deployment in support of Africa Partnership Station (APS) Initiative, which aims to work cooperatively with U.S. and international partners in promoting maritime security in western Africa.

October 30, The first APS deployment kicks off with the departure of the Fort McHenry from Naples, Italy, after embarking Commander Task Group (CTG) 60.4.

November 5, USS Fort McHenry pulled into Dakar, Senegal, for a routine port call.

November 18, LSD 43 arrived in Tema, Ghana, for a scheduled port visit.

December 4, The dock landing ship arrived off the coast of Limbe, Cameroon, for a scheduled port visit.

January 2, 2008 Two U.S. Navy Sailors stationed aboard the USS Fort McHenry, Engineman 1st Class Patrick Brendan Mack and Engineman Fireman Lonnie Lee Davis Jr., died Jan. 1 in a hotel room while on liberty in Tema, Ghana. The cause of death is unknown and is being investigated by host nation authorities in cooperation with U.S. Navy and NCIS officials.

January 7, USS Fort McHenry pulled into Libreville, Gabon, for a scheduled port visit. Arrived in Port Gentil, Gabon, for its seventh port call on Jan. 11; Arrived in Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe, on Jan. 21.

January 31, USS Fort McHenry pulled into Malago, Equatorial Guinea, for the first port visit by a U.S. Navy ship in more than 15 years.

February 13, The dock landing ship recently arrived in Sekondi, Ghana, for a scheduled port call.

February 20, The Africa Partnership Stations arrived in Limbe, Cameroon, for a return visit aboard the Fort McHenry.

February 23, Cmdr. Daniel P. Shaw relieved Cmdr. Martin L. Pompeo as CO of the Fort McHenry during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship in Limbe.

March 3, USS Fort McHenry arrived in Port Gentil, Gabon, for the second visit to this port. Arrived again in Sao Tome and Principe on March 10.

March 20, The Fort McHenry arrived off the coast of Monrovia, Liberia, for a sea-basing exercise.

April 2, The dock landing ship pulled into Dakar, Senegal, for a routine port call to take on fuel and supplies.

April 23, LSD 43 departed Naval Station Rota, Spain, after conducting agricultural counter-measure washdowns of all embarked equipment.

May 4, USS Fort McHenry returned to Little Creek after a nearly seven-month deployment as the first platform for Africa Partnership Station (APS). The ship visited 18 ports in 10 countries.

February 5, 2009 The Fort McHenry is currently participating in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) in preparation for the upcoming deployment.

May 11, Cmdr. Christopher M. Stopyra relieved Cmdr. Daniel P. Shaw as commanding officer of LSD 43.

May 13, USS Fort McHenry departed homeport for a scheduled deployment, as part of USS Bataan (LHD 5) ARG, in the Central Command AoO.

June 2, The dock landing ship departed Split, Croatia, after a three-day port visit.

June 12, LSD 43 pulled into Souda Bay, Crete, Greece, for a routine port call.

July 7, The Fort McHenry recently arrived in Aqaba naval base for a routine port call after concluding the bilateral training exercise Infinite Response '09, with the Jordanian forces.

September 23, USS Fort McHenry arrived in Salalah, Oman, for a routine port call to refuel.

December 8, USS Fort McHenry returned to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story after a seven-month deployment.

December 11, Cmdr. Christopher M. Stopyra has been relieved of duty due to a "loss of confidence in his ability to command." The action came after an investigation found that he had fraternized with a subordinate on the ship. The XO Lt. Cmdr. Brian P. Goldschmidt, was also relieved because he had been made aware of the allegations but failed to take appropriate action. Cmdr. Daniel P. Shaw assumed temporary command of the Fort McHenry.

January 14, 2010 USS Fort McHenry departed home, as part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, to provide humanitarian assistance to Haiti after a magnitude-7.0 quake devastated the impoverished nation Tuesday afternoon.

February 13, The Fort McHenry, commanded by Cmdr. Nathan J. Moyer, pulled into Naval Station Guantanamo Bay for a brief port visit to take on supplies and fuel in support of Operation Unified Response.

March 9, LSD 43 recently concluded its participation in OUR after 44 days of air operations, offloading 22 pallets of lumber and 215 pallets of food and water.

March 14, USS Fort McHenry returned to Little Creek after a two-month underway period.

May 28, U.S. Navy awarded Metro Machine Corp. in Norfolk a $114 million contract modification to exercise the US Navy’s multi-ship multi-option (MSMO) mid-life extension of the Fort McHenry.

May 20, 2011 Cmdr. G. Raymond Hartman relieved Cmdr. Nathan J. Moyer as CO of the LSD 43 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Metro Machine shipyard in Norfolk.

September 29, USS Fort McHenry returned to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story after sea trials, completing the 20-month Extended Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (E-DSRA).

March 14, 2012 The Fort McHenry is currently underway in the Virginia Capes OPAREA in preparation for a combat systems certifications.

April 27, LSD 43 is currently conducting routine training off the East Coast.

June 6, USS Fort McHenry moored at Front Street Park in Fort Norfolk for a six-day visit to participate in OpSail 2012 celebration.

June 13, The dock landing ship arrived in Baltimore, Md., for a week-long visit to participate in Navy Week 2012, as part of Baltimore's Star-Spangled Sailabration and commemoration the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the Star-Spangled Banner.

July 10, USS Fort McHenry departed homeport for a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet AoR.

July 20, The Fort McHenry arrived in Lorient, France, for a 10-day port visit.

August 8, LSD 43 entered the Black Sea to participate in a combined amphibious assault exercise Summer Storm 2012, off the coast of Romania, from Aug. 9-14.

August 15, USS Fort McHenry arrived in Constanta, Romania, for a four-day port call in conjunction with the 110th anniversary of the Romanian Navy.

August 30, The Fort McHenry pulled into Dublin, Ireland, for a four-day port visit. Brief stop in Naval Station Rota, Spain, from Sept. 4-5.?

September 14, USS Fort McHenry was recently ordered to enter Mediterranean Sea after four U.S. diplomats were killed in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11. The ship was previously scheduled to visit Praia, Cape Verde, from Sept. 9-12 for the start of Africa Partnership Station (APS) West.

October 20, The dock landing ship recently pulled into Augusta Bay, Italy, for a routine port call.

October 26, USS Fort McHenry arrived in Durres, Albania, for a five-day port visit.

November 19, Vice Adm. Frank C. Pandolfe, Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, fired Cmdr. G. Raymond Hartman due to a "loss of confidence in his ability to command stemming from allegations of misconduct." Cmdr. Eric S. Kellum assumed command of the Fort McHenry.

November 30, USS Fort McHenry returned to Little Creek after a nearly five-month deployment.

January 14, 2013 The Fort McHenry moored at Pier 2 in Naval Station Newport, R.I., for a four-day port visit to conduct school ship training with the Surface Warfare Officer School (SWOS).

February 6, The dock landing ship recently moored at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton, Wash., for a brief port visit. Transited Panama Canal on Jan. 24.

February 22, USS Fort McHenry pulled into Montego Bay, Jamaica, for a four-day port visit.

March 1, General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., Norfolk, Va., was awarded a $15 million modification to previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee contract (N00024-10-C-4401) to exercise options for repairs and alterations for the Fort McHenry non dry-docking chief of Naval operations (CNO) availability. Work is expected to be completed by August 2013.

August 20, LSD 43 moved "dead-stick" from NASSCO shipyard to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. Completed sea trials on Nov. 2?.

May 23, 2014 Cmdr. Thomas A. Ulmer relieved Cmdr. Eric S. Kellum as the 19th CO of Fort McHenry during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship at Little Creek.

August 4, The Fort McHenry departed Norfolk for Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 8/Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT), with the 24th MEU, in preparation for the upcoming deployment as part of the USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) ARG.

August 17, USS Fort McHenry arrived in its new homeport of Naval Station Mayport, Fla.

September 3, The dock landing ship departed Mayport for a 22-day underway to participate in ARG/MEU Exercise (MEUEX). Underway for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) on Oct. 4; Inport Morehead City, N.C., from Oct. 7-8.

December 13, USS Fort McHenry departed Naval Station Mayport for a scheduled deployment.

December 14, The Fort McHenry moored at Berth 8, General Cargo Terminal in Port of Morehead City, N.C., for a brief port call to conduct onload; Anchored in Onslow Bay from Dec. 15-16; Transited the Strait of Gibraltar on Dec. 26.

December 29, USS Fort McHenry moored at the newly constructed Cruise Quay 1 in Port of Valencia, Spain, for a five-day port visit; Participated in a Passing Exercise (PASSEX) with the Helenic frigate Elli (F450), off the coast of Crete, on Jan. 7; Transited the Suez Canal on Jan. 10.

January 20, 2015 LSD 43 recently transited the Bab el-Mandeb Strait northbound for a possible evacuation of U.S. Embassy personnel from the Yemen capital of Sanaa; Entered the Arabian Gulf in early February.

February 5, USS Fort McHenry moored at Berth 5, Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP) in Hidd, Bahrain, for a brief port call; Commenced amphibious exercise off Kuwait Naval Base on Feb. 6.

March 10, The Fort McHenry moored at KBSP, Bahrain, for a week-long liberty port visit to Manama.

March 23, USS Fort McHenry recently commenced its participation in a multinational annual exercise Eagle Resolve off the coast of Kuwait; Transited the Strait of Hormuz southbound on April 1.

April 10, The dock landing ship moored at Container Terminal in Port of Salalah, Oman, for a five-day port call; Transited the Bab el-Mandeb Strait northbound on April 22; Entered the Gulf of Aqaba on April 27.

April 28, USS Fort McHenry moored at Aqaba Naval Base, Jordan, for a two-day offload in preparation for annual multinational exercise Eager Lion; Returned to Gulf of Aden for escort operations on May 4; Transited northbound on May 6; Moored at Royal Jordanian Naval Base again for backload from May 19-21; Transited the Bab el-Mandeb Strait southbound on May 30; Returned to Mediterranean Sea on June 21.

June 24, USS Fort McHenry moored at Pier 2 in Port of Bar, Montenegro, for a four-day liberty visit.

July 2, The Fort McHenry moored at Alcantara Cruise Terminal in Lisbon, Portugal, for a four-day port visit to celebrate the Independence Day.

July 20, USS Fort McHenry returned to homeport after a seven-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).

September 4, USS Fort McHenry anchored at "Pancake Ground" off Gloucester, Mass., for a four-day port visit in conjunction with the annual Schooner Festival.

October 1, LSD 43 moored at Alabama Cruise Terminal in Mobile, Ala., for a four-day port visit to participate in the annual BayFest celebration.

November 13, Cmdr. Michael D. Johnson relieved Cmdr. Thomas A. Ulmer as CO of the USS Fort McHenry during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Bravo 3 Wharf, Naval Station Mayport.

January 31, 2016 USS Fort McHenry departed Mayport in support of exercise Cold Response; Anchored in Onslow Bay to embark more than 300 Marines from the 2nd Assault Amphibious Battalion, 2nd MEB from Feb. 1-2.

February 3, The Fort McHenry moored at Berth 9, General Cargo Terminal in Port of Morehead City, N.C., for a brief port call to conduct onload; Inport Rota, Spain, from Feb. 1?-19.

February 21, USS Fort McHenry moored at Muelle de Obstrucciones, La Grana Naval Station in El Ferrol, Spain, for a two-day port call due to bad weather; Transited the English Channel on Feb. 24.

February 28, USS Fort McHenry moored at Quay 1, Pier 1 in Trondheim, Norway, for a brief port call to offload cargo and to embark Marines and equipment from the 1st Battalion, 8th Regiment; Arrived off the coast of Namsos on March 1; Commenced amphibious assault phase of exercise CDR 16 on March 3; Departed Namsos Fjord on March 10.

March 12, LSD 43 moored at Den Helder Naval Base, Netherlands, for a four-day port call; Inport Morehead City, N.C., for offload in late March; Returned home on April 1.?

April 18, The Fort McHenry recently departed Naval Station Mayport for a routine training in the Virginia Capes Op. Area; Moored Berth C1 on April 2?.

May 18, BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards Mayport LLC, Jacksonville, Florida, was awarded a $29,3 million contract for the USS Fort McHenry's Phased Maintenance Availability (PMA). Work is expected to be completed by May 2017.

May 25, USS Fort McHenry moored at Sullivan's Pier in Stapleton, Staten Island, N.Y., for a six-day port visit to participate in the 28th Fleet Week New York City.

June 2, The Fort McHenry moored at Wharf E3 on Naval Station Mayport after a two-week underway.