USS GUNSTON HALL
LSD 44
  
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The Gunston Hall (LSD 44) is the 4th Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship and the second U.S. Navy ship to be named for Gunston Hall, the Mason Neck, Virginia estate of George Mason, one of Virginia's outstanding Revolutionary figures, and "Father of the Bill of Rights." The keel was laid down by the Avondale Industries in New Orleans, La., on May 26, 1986; The ship was christened and launched on June 27, 1987. Mrs. Barbara Morgan, the wife of General Thomas R. Morgan, Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps (ACMC), served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. John P. Jeffcoat is the prospective commanding officer.

From October 3-12, 1988, the Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Gunston Hall was underway for the first time to conduct Builder's (Alpha "A") sea trials. Underway for acceptance trials from Dec. 5-7.

April 22, 1989 USS Gunston Hall was commissioned during an 11.00 a.m. ceremony at Avondale shipyard in New Orleans.

July 17, The Gunston Hall arrived in its homeport of Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Va., for the first time after an eight-day transit from New Orleans, Louisiana.

From August 7-11, LSD 44 was underway for Combat Systems Ship's Qualification Trials (CSSQT) in the virginia Capes Op. Area. Underway for routine training from Aug. 21-25; Underway for pre-final contract trials on Sept. 7; Underway for Shakedown Cruise in the Guantanamo Bay OPAREA on Sept. 12; Inport Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, from Sept. 17-21.

September 22, The dock landing ship anchored off Isla de Culebra, Puerto Rico, for disaster relief operations due to Hurricane Hugo. Inport Guantanamo Bay from Oct. 6-10, 14-18, 20-22 and 25-31st.

November 3, USS Gunston Hall anchored off Mayport, Fla., to embark PEB for Operational Propulsion Plant Examination (OPPE). Returned to homeport on Nov. 6; Underway for FCT on Nov. 29; Underway for Shock trials on Dec. 4; Anchored off Key West, Fla., on Dec. 7, 10-11, 13-14 and 16th; Returned to Little Creek on Dec. 18; Defueling at Craney Island from Dec. 19-20.

December 20, The Gunston Hall entered the Metro Machine Shipyard in Norfolk, Va., for a four-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA). Underway for sea trials from April 24-25, 1990; Underway again from April 30- May 4; Underway for ammo onload at Naval Weapons Station Earle, N.J., on May 14.

May 15, USS Gunston Hall arrived in New York City, N.Y., for a three-day port visit. Returned home on May 21.

June 5, LSD 44 departed Little Creek for Refresher Training (REFTRA). Inport Guantanamo Bay from June 10- July 3; Anchored off Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, P.R., on July 5; Port visit to Nassau, Bahamas, from July 7-10; Brief stop in Port of Morehead City, N.C., on July 12 to disembark 3rd Bn, 10th Marine Rg.; Returned home on July 13; Underway for routine training from July 16-18; Underway for Engineering sea trials from July 23- Aug. 8.

August 13, USS Gunston Hall departed Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek for a surge Middle East deployment, as part of Joint Task Group 62, in support of Operation Desert Shield. Inport Morehead City from Aug. 14-17 to embark variuos elements of 2nd Light Armored Infrantry Bn and Battery A, 1st Bn; Transited Suez Canal on Sept. 5.

From Sept. 29- Oct. 5, the dock landing ship participated in amphibious rehearsal Operation Camel Sand off Ras Madrakah, Oman. Anchored off Masirah Island from Oct. 2-3.

October 17, USS Gunston Hall arrived in Muscat, Oman, for a four-day port visit.

October 23, Cmdr. William J. Marshall relieved Cmdr. John P. Jeffcoat as CO of the Gunston Hall.

From Oct. 31 through Nov. 8, LSD 44 served as primary control ship for LCACs in operation Sea Soldier. Entered the Arabian Gulf on Nov. 16; Served as PCS in Operation Iminent Thunder from Nov. 15-21; Transited Strait of Hormuz on Nov. 23; Inport Muscat from Nov. 24-28; Returned to Arabian Gulf on Nov. 30; Anchored off Sir Bani Yas Island, U.A.E., from Dec. 1-5; Arrived in North Arabian Sea on Dec. 7; Anchored off Masirah, Oman, on Dec. 11 and Dec. 19-20; Returned to Arabian Gulf on Dec. 28.

December 29, The Gunston Hall pulled into Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, for a five-day port visit. Anchored off Dubai from Jan. 3-6; Anchored off Masirah from Jan. 14-17.

January 19, 1991 USS Gunston Hall pulled into Dubai, U.A.E., for a 10-day upkeep. Anchored off Fujairah, U.A.E., from Feb. 4-5; Anchored off Dubai from Feb. 6-8; Anchored off Abu Dhabi from Feb. 10-14, 16-17 and 19-20th; Port call to Abu Dhabi from March 8-11; Returned to Mediterranean Sea on March 23.

March 30, LSD 44 pulled into Naval Station Rota, Spain, for a four-day port call. Anchored off Morehead City from April 15-16.

April 17, USS Gunston Hall returned to Little Creek after an eight-month maiden deployment.

From June 25-27, the Gunston Hall was underway for local operations. Underway again on July 1.

July 3, USS Gunston Hall arrived in New York City for a five-day port visit. Returned home on July 10; Underway for local operations from July 17-19; Dependent's Day Cruise to Naval Station Norfolk on Aug. 13; Underway for local operations from Aug. 20-22; Underway again on Sept. 9.

September 13, The dock landing ship arrived in Naval Station Newport, R.I., for a six-day port visit. Returned home on Sept. 20; Underway for routine training on Oct. 18; Inport Naval Station Norfolk from Oct. 30- Nov. 4; Magnetic deperming at Lambert's Point from Nov. 4-8; Returned to Little Creek on Nov. 12; Underway for routine training off Onslow Beach, N.C., from Nov. 17-22; Underway for local operations from Dec. 2-5 and Dec. 9-12.

From January 8-23, 1992, USS Gunston Hall was underway to offload U.S. Army Corps Engineers at Rocky Point, Jamaica; Inport Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Jan. 15; Port call to Nassau, Bahamas, from Jan. 17-20; Ammo odffload at NWS Yorktown, Va., from Feb. 3-4; Inport Naval Station Norfolk through Feb. 10.

February 10, The Gunston Hall moored at Pier 3 in Metro Machine shipyard for a three-month Planned Maintenance Availability (PMA). Moved to Finger Pier on May 1; Underway for sea trials from May 5-6; Underway for routine training on May 18; Contigency operations in the Guantanamo Bay Op. Area from May 20-27; Inport Naval Station Norfolk from May 29- June 5;

June 5, USS Gunston Hall moored at Quaywall Dogleg, NAB Little Creek, after underway for ammo onload at Golf anchorage. Underway for OPPE Preps. from June 9-11; Underway for local operations from June 17-19 and 22-29th; Underway for OPPE from June 30- July 2; Underway for routine training from July 14-16.

July 24, Cmdr. Michael P. Nowakowski relieved Cmdr. William J. Marshall as CO of LSD 44.

From August 3-14, the Gunston Hall was underway for Type Commander's Amphibious Training (TCAT) in the Cherry Point OPAREA. Underway for Fleet Exercise (FLEETEX) and Special Operations Capability Exercise (SOCEX) from Sept. 10-26.

October 20, USS Gunston Hall departed homeport for a scheduled deployment as part of the USS Guam (LPH 9) Marine Amphibious Readiness Group (MARG) 1-92. Inport Morehead City, N.C., on Oct. 21 to onload Marines and equipment from the 22nd MEU.

November 2, The dock landing ship pulled into Naval Station Rota, Spain, for a brief stop to onload provisions in preparation for contigency operations off Angola. The ship was recalled back on Nov. 4 to conduct search for a downed CH-53 helicopter off Canary Islands; Inport Rota again from Nov. 7-13.

November 16, USS Gunston Hall arrived in Algeciras, Spain, for a four-day port visit.

November 23, LSD 44 pulled into Gibraltar, British Crown Colony, for a two-day port call to participate in GIBEX '92. Anchored off Tangires, Morocco, on Nov. 25.

November 27, The Gunston Hall arrived in Alicante, Spain, for a six-day port visit.

From Dec. 7-16, USS Gunston Hall participated in amphibious assault exercise African Eagle, off the coast of Morocco. Port call to Valencia, Spain, from Dec. 18-31.

January 9, 1993 The Gunston Hall pulled into Haifa, Israel, for a 13-day shipyard availability after participating in exercise Noble Shirley. Port visit to Athens, Greece, from Jan. 25-29; Entered the Adriatic Sea on Feb. 1 in support of Operation Provide Promise.

February 4, The dock landing ship arrived in Trieste, Italy, for a four-day port visit. Port call to Venice from Feb. 22-25.

While on station in the Adriatic Sea through March 18, USS Gunston Hall operated from the assigned anchorage in the Gulf of Manfredonia to its Op. Area off the coast of former Yugoslavia.

March 25, The Gunston Hall pulled into Almeria, Spain, for a five-day port visit after participating in exercise Betacom.

March 31, LSD 44 moored to Pier 3 in Rota, Spain, for a three-day port call to conduct agricultural counter-measure washdowns of all embarked equipment. Anchored in Onslow Bay, N.C., on April 15 to begin offload; Inport Morehead City on April 16.

April 17, USS Gunston Hall returned to homeport after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR).

May 7, The Gunston Hall moored at Naval Station Norfolk for a three-day visit to host members of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee. Returned to Little Creek on May 12.

May 24, USS Gunston Hall moored at Finger Pier in Metro Machine shipyard for a four-month Drydocking Planned Maintenance Availability (DPMA). In dry-dock from June 8- Aug. 27; Moved to Norfolk Naval Shipyard on Aug. 30 for safe haven from Hurricane Emily; Returned to Metro Machine on Sept. 1; Underway for sea trials from Sept. 14-15; Underway for local operations from Sept. 20-23 and Oct. 23-24; Underway again on Oct. 25.

From Oct. 27-28, the dock landing ship was anchored at Lynnhaven anchorage LA-7 to disembark the Engineering Training Group personnel and to embark members of the Fleet Training Group detachment.

November 1, The Gunston Hall moored at Bravo wharf on Naval Station Guantanamo Bay for an 18-day Refresher Training.

November 20, USS Gunston Hall moored at Main wharf in Freeport, Bahamas, for a two-day port visit. Inport Morehead City on Nov. 23; Returned to Little Creek on Nov. 24; Underway for local operations from Nov. 29- Dec. 2.

From January 11-14, 1994, the Gunston Hall was underway for routine training in the VACAPES Op. Area. Underway again from Feb. 1-3 and 7-11th; Underway for OPPE Preps. from Feb. 23-25, March 8-11, 14-16 and March 18; Underway for OPPE from March 21-23; Underway for INSURV Preps. on April 12.

April 22, Cmdr. Ronald W. Brinkley relieved Cmdr. Michael P. Nowakowski as the 4th CO of USS Gunston Hall.

From April 25-29, LSD 44 was underway for Amphibious Refresher Training with the Naval Amphibious School, Little Crek. Underway for INSURV Preps. on May 10; Underway for routine training on May 23; Underway for INSURV assessment on June 6.

From August 9-19, USS Gunston Hall was underway for Type Commander's Amphibious Test (TCAT) in the Cherry Point OPAREA. Underway for FLEETEX from Sept. 6-23.

October 20, USS Gunston Hall departed NAB Little Creek for a scheduled deployment with the USS Nassau (LHA 4) MARG 1-95. Inport Morehead City on Oct. 21.

November 3, The dock landing ship anchored off Rota, Spain, due to high winds. Inport Naval Station Rota from Nov. 4-7.

November 8, USS Gunston Hall moored at Cais Rocha de Alacantara berth in Lisbon, Portugal, for a three-day port visit.

November 15, The Gunston Hall moored at Pier 1A in Toulon, France, for an extended upkeep and to offload Marines from the 22nd MEU in support of exercise Mayflower 1994.

November 25, LSD 44 sortied away from Toulon naval base for an unscheduled contigency tasking in support of Operation Provide Promise. Adriatic Sea operations from Nov. 29- Dec. 1.

December 4, USS Gunston Hall anchored in Betoya Bay, Morocco, in support of exercise African Eagle through Dec. 12. Port visit to Tangier from Dec. 13-19.

December 23, The Gunston Hall moored at Levante Pier in Barcelona, Spain, for a four-day port visit. Port call to Valletta, Malta, from Dec. 31- Jan. 2.

January 5, 1995 LSD 44 arrived in Venice, Italy, for a four-day port visit. Anchored at Sierra Del Retin from Jan. 18-21 for Spanish PHIBLEX.

January 23, USS Gunston Hall moored at Dique del Oeste Pier in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, for a four-day port call.

February 17, The Gunston Hall arrived in Genoa, Italy, for a six-day port visit after participating in Italian PHIBLEX. Adriatic Sea operations from Feb. 27- March 2.

March 7, The dock landing ship pulled into Haifa, Israel, for a 16-day upkeep. Inport Rota, Spain, from March 27- April 3; Offload at Morehead City from April 13-14.

April 15, USS Gunston Hall returned to homeport after a six-month Mediterranean deployment.

From May 16-18, the Gunston Hall was underway for LCU operations off New River, N.C., and Golf anchorage at Norfolk. Underway again on May 22.

May 24, LSD 44 anchored in Hudson River, New York, for a week-long Fleet Week. Returned home on June 1.

June 12, USS Gunston Hall moored at Pier 3 in Norfolk Shipbuilding & Drydock Corporation (NORSHIPCO) for a three-month PMA. Underway for sea trilas from Sept. 13-15; Underway for local operations from Oct. 3-6 and 16-19th.

October 26, Cmdr. James L. Clark relieved Cmdr. Ronald W. Brinkley as commanding officer of LSD 44.

October 28, The Gunston Hall departed Little Creek for Refresher Training in the Jacksonville OPAREA and acoustic trials. Port call to Naval Station Mayport, Fla., from Oct. 30-31, Nov. 3-6 and 9-13th; Returned home on Nov. 18; Underway for local operations from Dec. 5-8, Jan. 9-12 and 16-18th.

From January 25-29, 1996, USS Gunston Hall was underway for routine training in the Virginia Capes OPAREA. Underway again from Jan. 31- Feb. 1; Underway for LCAC and LCM operations at Lynnhaven anchorage from Feb. 12-16; Underway for LCAC, FLT and AAV Ops. at Onslow Bay from Feb. 26- March 2; Underway for Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) III from March 18-21; Underway for LCAC, FLT and AAV Ops. from March 25- April 3; Underway again for routine training in the Cherry Point OPAREA from April 25- May 14; Inport Morehead City on April 27; Underway for local operations on June 19 and 25th.

June 28, USS Gunston Hall departed Little Creek for a scheduled deployment as part of the USS Saipan (LHA 2) MARG 2-96. Inport Morehead City on June 29; Anchored at Beuford inlet from June 29-30; Anchored off Rota, Spain, on July 11.

July 13, The Gunston Hall arrived in Naval Station Rota for a five-day port call. Operated off the coast of North Africa from July 19-28.

July 29, LSD 44 moored at Pier 17 in Livorno, Italy, for a five-day port visit. Port call to Messina from Aug. 5-9; Anchored off Durres, Albania, from Aug. 20-22.

August 23, USS Gunston Hall anchored off the coast of Corfu, Greece, for a four-day liberty. Inport Toulon, France, from Aug. 30- Sept. 12; Adriatic Sea operations from Sept. 17-18.

September 19, The dock landing ship anchored off Izmir, Turkey, for a three-day port visit. Operated in the Doganbey Bay through Sept. 29; Anchored in Sarros Bay from Sept. 30- Oct. 1; Departed coast of Turkey on Oct. 10.

October 15, The Gunston Hall arrived in Bari, Italy, for a six-day port visit. Operated in the Adriatic and Ionian seas through Nov. 2.

November 5, LSD 44 pulled into Alexandria, Egypt, for a four-day port call. Inport Haifa, Israel, from Nov. 10-26; Port call to Rota, Spain, from Dec. 3-7; Inport Morehead City from Dec. 19-20.

December 21, USS Gunston Hall returned to Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek after a nearly six-month deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet AoR.

May 8, 1997 Cmdr. John C. Legg relieved Cmdr. James L. Clark as CO of the Gunston Hall.

October 23, 1998 Cmdr. Grace Mehl relieved Cmdr. John C. Legg as CO of Gunston Hall.

From January 25 through Feb. 3, 1999, USS Gunston Hall was underway for Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise (MEUEX) in the Virginia Capes Op. Area. Underway for JTFEX from Feb. 11- March 4.

April 14, USS Gunston Hall departed Little Creek for a scheduled Mediterranean deployment with the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) ARG.

April 25, The dock landing ship pulled into Rota, Spain, for a two-day port call.

April 30, USS Gunston Hall arrived on station in the Strait of Otranto in support of Operation Allied Force and JTF Noble Anvil. Port visit to Siracusa, Siciliy, from May 23-27; Departed Adriatic Sea on June 6.

From June 10-16, the Gunston Hall was anchored off the coast of Thessaloniki, Greece, in support of Operation Joint Guardian.

June 17, LSD 44 moored at Aksaz naval base for a three-day visit to Marmaris, Turkey. Port call to Haifa, Israel, from June 24- July 6; Inport Thessaloniki from July 15-18 to backload Marines; Port call to Naval Station Rota from July 27- Aug. 10; Port visit to Ibiza, Spain, from Aug. 13-19.

August 23, USS Gunston Hall pulled into Hereke, Turkey, in support of Operation Avid Response. Underway on Sept. 10; Anchored off Taromina, Sicily, from Sept. 13-15; Participated in exercise Atlas Hinge at Cape Serrat, Tunisia, from Sept. 18-20; Inport Rota from Sept. 27- Oct. 1.

October 12, The dock landing shipp moored at Port of Morehead City, N.C., to offload 26th MEU. Underway on Oct. 13.

October 14, USS Gunston Hall returned to homeport after a six-month deployment.

January 15, 2000 The Gunston Hall entered the NORSHIPCO shipyard for a four-month Docking Phased Maintenance Availability (DPMA). In Titan dry-dock from March 3- April 13; Underway for sea trials from May 18-19.

June 9, USS Gunston Hall moored at Pier 4 in Charleston Navy Yard for a three-day port visit to Boston, Mass. Returned home on June 15.

July 7, LSD 44 pulled into Savannah, Ga., for a three-day port visit. Returned home on July 12.

August 3, The Gunston Hall moored at Bow Sullivan's Pier in Staten Island, New York, for a four-day port visit. Returned home on Aug. 8.

August 4, Cmdr. Mark E. Donahue relieved Cmdr. Grace Mehl as CO of the USS Gunston Hall during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.

From Aug. 17-18, the dock landing ship was underway for routine training. Underway again from Aug. 21-25; Underway for underway replenishment training in Onslow Bay, N.C., from Aug. 28- Sept. 1; Underway for local operations from Sept. 18-21; Underway for LCAC and amphibious landing operations in Onslow Bay from Oct. 2-6; Underway for operations with the 1st Royal Canadian Reg. from Oct. 17-26; Underway again on Oct. 30.

November 2, USS Gunston Hall arrived in Naval Station Mayport, Fla., for a four-day liberty visit. Returned home on Nov. 8; Underway for local operations from Nov. 14-16.

From July through December 2001, USS Gunston Hall was deployed in support of UNITAS and West African Training Cruise 02. The embarked Marines, from the II MEF, participated in combined amphibious operations and small unit tactics and cross-training in Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa and Ghana.

May 3, 2002 Cmdr. Garrett J. Walker relieved Cmdr. Mark E. Donahue as commanding officer of LSD 44.

January 10, 2003 USS Gunston Hall departed Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, with the Amphibious Task Force (ATF) East, for possible service in the Central Command AoO in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

February 4, The dock landing ship entered the Red Sea after transiting Suez Canal. Entered the Arabian Gulf on Feb. 14.

From Feb. 15-20, USS Gunston Hall was anchored off Kuwait naval base to off-load Marines and equipment. Port call to Manama, Bahrain, from Feb. 24-27 to embark 176 members of TU55.4.3. including NSCT-1, Royal Australian Navy Clearance Dive Team Three and Royal Navy Fleet Dive Group; Brief stop in Manama on March 10.

After March 20, The Gunston Hall operated off Umm Qasr, Irak, clearing the harbor of mines. 50 mines were found on March 21; Port call to Manama from April 28- May 2; Anchored off Kuwait naval base from May 10-18 to backload Marines; Departed Arabian Gulf on May 19; Returned to Mediterranean on May 31.

June 5, LSD 44 arrived in Tarragona, Spain, for a four-day port visit. Transited Strait of Gibraltar on June 11; Off Morehead City from June 22-24.

June 25, USS Gunston Hall returned to homeport after five-and-a-half month combat deployment in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

From August 12-15, the Gunston Hall was underway for INSURV Preps. in the VACAPES Op Area. Underway for INSURV rehearsal on Aug. 27; Underway again for three days in late October; Underway for a Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) assessment on Nov. 5.

November 9, USS Gunston Hall was scheduled for underway this morning for a port visit to Mayport, Fla., but submited a "Fail to Sail" report due to problems in the diesel generators.

December 5, The dock landing ship returned to NAB Little Creek after a four-day underway in the Virginia Capes OP. Area. Underway for amphibious operations in Onslow Bay with the 3rd Bn, 10th Division, from Dec. 8-12.

From January 20-23, 2004, the Gunston Hall was underway for CO's Time in the VACAPES. Underway for ammo offload at NWS Yorktown from Jan. 29-30; Underay for amphibious operations in Onslow Bay with the 3rd Battalion from Feb. 2-12.

March 19, Cmdr. Thomas M. Negus relieved Cmdr. Garrett J. Walker as CO of the Gunston Hall.

April 14, USS Gunston Hall entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for a four-month Phased Maintenance Availability (PMA). Underway for sea trials from Aug. 8-13; Underway for routine training from Aug. 30- Sept. 3; Underway for CART II from Sept 8-10; Underway for local operations from Nov. 1-4.

May 25, 2005 USS Gunston Hall departed Little Creek for a scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism, as part of the USS Saipan Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG). The ship will remain deployed longer than three months to meet previously scheduled commitments overseas.

July 17, USS Gunston Hall is currently off the coast of Saudi Arabia participating in a joint exercise Nautical Union, between the U.S. and coalition forces in the Arabian Gulf. Nautical Union operations include Maritime Security Operations (MSO) training, air defense, anti submarine warfare, surface warfare, mine counter measures, electronic warfare, replenishment at sea (RAS) and command and control.

September 30, U.S. Sailors and Marines and service members from NATO partners Italy and Spain recently embarked aboard the Gunston Hall and the high-speed vessel Swift (HSV 2) to participate in the West African Training Cruise (WATC) 2006 from Sept. 27 through Dec. 3. Host nation participants in this year's WATC include Ghana, Senegal, Guinea, and Morocco. Concurrent with the WATC deployment, Sailors and Marines will participate in an U.K.-led amphibious-based exercise Green Osprey, off the coast of Senegal.

October 11, USS Gunston Hall recently moored at Conakry, Guinea, to backload Marines assigned to the 1st Bn, 8th Marine Reg.

October 20, LSD 44 pulled into Takoradi, Ghana, for a scheduled port visit as part of WATC 2006. Port visit to Dakar, Senegal, in early November.

January 20, 2006 Cmdr. Thomas P. Brasek relieved Cmdr. Thomas M. Negus as CO of LSD 44.

April 30, 2007 The dock landing ship arrived in Port Everglades, Florida, for Fleet Week South 2007.

May 21, The Gunston Hall is currently underway for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), with the USS Kearsarge ESG and the 22nd MEU.

June 29, Cmdr. Wayne R. Brown relieved Cmdr. Thomas P. Brasek as the 12th CO of Gunston Hall.

July 30, USS Gunston Hall departed NAB Little Creek for a scheduled deployment in support of Maritime Security Operations.

August 16, LSD 44 arrived in Split, Croatia, for a scheduled port visit.

December 18, The Gunston Hall completed bilateral exercise Image Nautilus 2007 with the naval forces from Djibouti.

January 27, 2008 USS Gunston Hall returned to homeport after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility.

April 9, 2009 Cmdr. Fred R. Wilhelm, III relieved Cmdr. Wayne R. Brown as commanding officer of the Gunston Hall.

May 21, USS Gunston Hall successfully completed sea trials and became the Navy's first dock landing ship to complete its comprehensive mid-life modernization availability. The work began in July 2008 at Metro Machine Corp. in Norfolk and included major upgrades to the ship's control system, local area network and machinery control system, propulsion systems, HVAC, as well as replacement of the ship's boilers and evaporators with an all-electric services system.

January 15, 2010 USS Gunston Hall departed Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story en route to Haiti to provide humanitarian assistance. The dock landing ship was already scheduled to deploy today in support of the Africa Partnership Station (APS) and will continue on to that deployment once the humanitarian mission is complete.

January 18, LSD 44 arrived off the coast of Port-au-Prince to begin humanitarian relief operations.

February 11, The Gunston Hall departed Haiti after completing its participation in support of Operation Unified Response.

February 22, The dock landing ship pulled into Naval Station Rota, Spain, for a routine port call.

March 10, USS Gunston Hall arrived in Sekondi, Ghana, for its first port visit as part of Africa Partnership Station West. The ship anchored off the coast of Lagos, Nigeria, on March 8 for a half-day stop to bring students aboard and also anchored offshore from the Ghanaian city of Tema on March 9 to deliver Project Handclasp supplies and to disembark Marines assigned to Security Cooperation Marine Air-Ground Task Force and Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 7 who will conduct training and a disaster relief exercise with the Ghana Army.

April 3, LSD 44 anchored off the coast of Monrovia, Liberia, to offload humanitarian supplies and personnel.

April 6, The Gunston Hall arrived in Dakar, Senegal, for the start of the second and final phase of the ship's APS West deployment. Departed Senegal on April 26.

May 18, USS Gunston Hall arrived in Souda Bay, Crete, to participate in a two-week exercise Phoenix Express 2010. USS John L. Hall (FFG 32), USNS LCPL Roy M. Wheat (T-AK 3016) and USNS Laramie (T-AO 203) are also participating.

June 15, Some 130 Marines, along with Estonian troops, disembarked from the Gunston Hall to occupy a beach near the town of Loksa on Estonia's eastern coast, in a first U.S. amphibious landing exercise in a territory that was once part of the Soviet Union. LSD 44 is currently participating in a multinational exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2010.

July 3, USS Gunston Hall returned to homeport after nearly a six-month deployment.

August 12, Rear Adm. Dave Thomas, Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic, relieved Cmdr. Fred R. Wilhelm, due to a "loss of confidence in his ability to command." The relief occurred during Admiral's Mast and comes after an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment, simple assault, and conduct unbecoming of an officer against Wilhelm. Capt. Mark H. Scovill assumed the temporary command of USS Gunston Hall.

December 7, Capt. John F. Meier relieved Capt. Mark H. Scovill as CO of the LSD 44 during a change-of-command ceremony in the well-deck of the Hall, off the coast of Florida, while the ship was conducting high-tempo maritime security operations in support of the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Carrier Strike Group's Joint Task Force Exercise.

January 12, 2011 USS Gunston Hall departed Little Creek for a scheduled deployment to the U.S. Southern Command Area of Responsibility (AoR) in support of Amphibious-Southern Partnership Station (A-SPS) 2011.

January 16, The dock landing ship departed Naval Station Mayport along with an embarked U.S. Marine Corps Theater Security Cooperation Task Force (SCTF) and a U.S. Navy staff element from Destroyer Squadron 40.

January 26, LSD 44 departed Naval Station Guantanamo Bay after a week-long port visit for repairs and to take on fuel and supplies.

January 29, USS Gunston Hall arrived in Covenas, Colombia, for its first port visit as part of A-SPS 11.

February 16, U.S. Army pilots with Joint Task Force Bravo (JTF-B), completed annual deck landing qualifications for their CH-47 Chinook and UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters on board the Gunston Hall, Feb. 12-15. The ship recently arrived off the coast of Puerto Barrios, Guatemala.

February 25, USS Gunston Hall arrived off the coast of Belize to take part in an annual exercise with the Belize Defense Force and National Coast Guard.

March 7, The dock landing ship pulled into Guantanamo Bay for an environmental wash down on the ship's equipment after concluding its participation in A-SPS on March 5.

March 17, USS Gunston Hall returned to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story after a two-month deployment.

October 26, LSD 44 is currently underway for Amphibious Squadron (Phibron)/Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT), as part of the USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) ARG, in preparation for the upcoming deployment early next year.

November 29, The Gunston Hall departed Little Creek for a three-week Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).

January 27, 2012 The dock landing ship departed homeport for a Certification Exercise (CERTEX) and Bold Aligator 2012.

March 9, Capt. Andrew J. Loiselle relieved Capt. John F. Meier as CO of the Gunston Hall.

March 27, USS Gunston Hall departed Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story for a scheduled Middle East deployment.

April 9, The Gunston Hall is currently off Cap Draa, Morocco, supporting bilateral training exercise African Lion 2012.

April 16, LSD 44 pulled into Naval Station Rota, Spain, for a four-day port call.

April 24, USS Gunston Hall arrived in Durres, Albania, for a three-day port visit. Transited Suez Canal on May 1.

May 8, The dock landing ship moored at Aqaba Naval Base, Jordan, for a brief port call before participating in a multi-national exercise Eager Lion 2012, in the Gulf of Aqaba and Red Sea. Pulled again into Aqaba Naval Base on May 13.

July 5, USS Gunston Hall pulled into Khalifa Bin Salman Port in Hidd, Bahrain, for a four-day port visit. Another visit to Khalifa Bin Salman Port from Aug. 13-17.

September 8, Capt. Andrew J. Loiselle relieved Command Master Chief (AW/SW) Kelly Smith for "alleged misconduct." The Gunston Hall recently arrived in Bahrain; Underway on Sept. 10.

September 19, LSD 44 is currently participating in an International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) 2012, in the Gulf of Aden, through Sept. 27;

October 5, The Gunston Hall recently departed Salalah, Oman, after a routine port call to refuel. Transited Suez Canal on Nov. 5.

November 10, The dock landing ship pulled into Toulon, France, for a two-day port visit.

December 16, USS Gunston Hall pulled into Port of Morehead City, N.C., to offload Marines and equipment from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).

December 18, USS Gunston Hall returned to homeport after an extended nine-month deployment.

June 7, 2013 The Gunston Hall moored at Town Point Park in downtown Norfolk, Va., for a two-day visit in conjunction in the 37th annual Harborfest.

October 4, LSD 44 returned to Little Creek after a two-week underway for Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 6/Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT), with the 22nd MEU, as part of the USS Bataan (LHD 5) ARG; Underway for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) from Oct. 21- Nov. 13; Underway for CERTEX on Dec. 3.

February 8, 2014 USS Gunston Hall departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR). Inport Morehead City, N.C., for onload from Feb. 9-10.

February 25, The Gunston Hall arrived in Naval Station Rota, Spain, for a brief port call after participating in Spanish PHIBLEX.

February 27, USS Gunston Hall moored at Santa Apolonia Passenger Terminal in Lisbon, Portugal, for a three-day port visit. Transited Suez Canal southbound on March 13; Entered the Arabian Gulf on March 2?.

March 25, The dock landing ship moored at General Cargo Terminal in Port of Doha, Qatar, for a two-day port visit in conjunction with the fourth Doha International Maritime and Defence Exhibition (DIMDEX).

April 3, The Gunston Hall moored at Berth 12, Mina Salman Port in Manama, Bahrain, for a four-day port call.

April 15, USS Gunston Hall commenced offload of Marines and equipment at Arta Beach, Djibouti, for sustainment training exercises with the French military.

May 21, LSD 44 recently moored at Aqaba Naval Base, Jordan, to conduct offload in preparation for the annual multinational exercise Eager Lion 2014, from May 25- June 8.

June 1, Cmdr. Sean K. Burke relieved Capt. Timothy C. Kuehhas as the 18th CO of Gunston Hall during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship while underway in the Red Sea.

June 20, The Gunston Hall transited the Strait of Hormuz northbound for sustainment training exercises in Kuwait. Anchored off Kuwait Naval Base for offload on June 23.

August 18, USS Gunston Hall recently arrived in Bahrain for a liberty port visit.? Transited Suez Canal northbound on Oct. 2.

October 3, The dock landing ship moored at Passenger Terminal in Port of Limassol, Cyprus, for a four-day port visit. Participated in a bilateral Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) off the coast of Cyprus on Oct. 7.

October 10, USS Gunston Hall moored at New Port of Corfu, Greece, for a three-day port visit.

October 18, LSD 44 moored at Naval Station Rota for a brief stop to refuel. Inport Morehead City from Oct. 28-29.?

October 31, USS Gunston Hall returned to homeport after an extended nine-month deployment.

November 7, General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., Norfolk, Va., was awarded an $18.7 million modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-10-C-4401) to exercise options for repairs and alterations for the Gunston Hall's non dry-docking chief of naval operations availability. Work is expected to be completed by October 2015.

January 26, 2015 USS Gunston Hall is currently moored at Pier 1, General Dynamics NASSCO-Earl Industries shipyard in Portsmouth, Va.

March 3, The fire started in an unmanned storeroom, around 2 p.m. local time, below the Gunston Hall’s main deck, while the ship was moored at Earl Shipyard's Pier 1. The Portsmouth Fire Department was called in and it was extinguished just before 5.30 p.m.

December 1?, Cmdr. Eric H. Lull relieved Cmdr. Sean K. Burke as commanding officer of the USS Gunston Hall.

June ?, 2016 The Gunston Hall moved "dead-stick" from Earl shipyard to Quay Wall Dogleg Berth on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story; Underway for sea trials in early September.