USS CARTER HALL
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The Carter Hall (LSD 50) is the second of four Cargo Variant (CV) of the Whidbey Island-class dock landing ships and the second United States ship named for the famous and historical estate in Clarke County, Virginia, built by Nathaniel Burwell in honor of his grandfather Robert "King" Carter. A significant difference between the two variants is that Hall's well deck has been shortened from 440 feet to 180 feet. This provides embarked Marines with added vehicle and cargo storage areas. The well deck can hold two Landing Craft Air Cushions (LCAC) and a variety of landing craft and tracked amphibious assault vehicles. Her two-spot flight deck can land and service any helicopter in the Navy and Marine Corps inventory.

October 2, 1993 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Carter Hall was christened and launched during a ceremony at Avondale Industries shipyard in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mrs. Marry Elam Howard, the wife of Mr. J. Daniel Howard, former Under Secretary of the Navy, served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. Rand D. LeBouvier is the prospective commanding officer.

September 30, 1995 USS Carter Hall was commissioned during a ceremony at Julia Street wharf in New Orleans, La.

October 3, The dock landing ship emabrked two LCACs off the coast of Panama City, Fla., for a transport to Little Creek, Va. Port visit to Key West, Fla., from Oct. 5-10.

October 13, USS Carter Hall arrived in its homeport of Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek after an 18-day transit from Avondale, La.

From Nov. 6-9, the Carter Hall was underway for routine training in the Virginia Capes Op. Area. Underway for Combat Systems Ship's Qualification Trials (CSSQT) from Nov. 27- Dec. 1; Underway for local operations from Dec. 4-8.

January 12, 1996 LSD 50 departed homeport for a Shakedown Cruise in the Jacksonville OPAREA and Exuma Sound, Bahamas. Inport Naval Station Mayport, Fla., from Jan. 16-17, 19-22, 2?-30th and Feb. 2-7; Port visit to Nassau from Feb. 14-18; Returned to Little Creek on Feb. 20.

From March 6-13, the Carter Hall was in dry-dock at Newport News Shipyard for emergent repairs to the starboard shaft pitch control. Underway for self-defense tracking exercise from March 13-14; Underway for final contract trials on March 19; Underway for routine training from April 27- May 3; Underway again from May 7-8.

May 30, USS Carter Hall entered the Metro Machine Shipyard in Norfolk, Va., for a three-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA). Underway to Norfolk Naval Shipyard for safe haven from Hurricane Edouard from July 14-16; Underway for sea trials from Aug. 26-27; Underway for magnetic deperming at Lambert's Point, Norfolk on Sept. 3; Mored at Naval Station Norfolk on Sept. 5 for safe haven from Hurricane Fran; Returned home on Sept. 8; Underway for amphibious demonstration "Autumn Allies" on Sept. 13; Underway for local operations from Sept. 17-20, Sept. 30- Oct. 6 and Oct. 21-24; Underway for Engineering Certifications (ECERT) from Nov. 12-14; Underway for Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) III and Final Examination Period (FEP) from Dec. 2-6; Underway for PMINT with the 22nd MEU in Onslow Bay, N.C., from Dec. 13-18; Underway for local operations from Jan. 28-30.

From February 4-13, 1997, LSD 50 was underway for USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) Battle Group's COMPTUEX in the Cherry Point Op. Area. Underway for JTFEX/SOCEX from March 9-24; Inport Morehead City on March 10 and 22nd; Underway for sea trials and general operational checks on April 23.

April 29, USS Carter Hall departed Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek for its maiden Mediterranean deployment, with the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) Amphibious Ready Group.

On April 30, the dock landing ship arrived off the coast of Morehead City, N.C., to embark elements from 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), including 4 M1A1 tanks.

May 12, The Carter Hall pulled into Naval Station Rota, Spain, for a two-day port call. Anchored in Bay of Zahara from May 14-19 in support of exercise Linked Seas.

May 21, USS Carter Hall anchored off Lisbon, Portugal, for a five-day port visit.

May 24, Cmdr. Stanley V. DeGeus relieved Cmdr. Rand D. LeBouvier as CO of the Carter Hall during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship.

May 28, LSD 50 pulled into Almeria, Spain, for a nine-day tender availability with the USS Simon Lake (AS 33). Before entering the port, USS Carter Hall offloaded the vechiles on the beach in support of exercise Betacom.

June 13, The Carter Hall anchored in Volos Bay, Greece, for a two-day in-port phase of exercise Alexander the Great through June 20.

June 25, The dock landing ship anchored off Cassis, France, for a five-day port visit. Inport Toulon, France, from July 1-7; Participated in exercise INVITEX '97 from July 10-17 off the coast of Italy.

July 27, USS Carter Hall anchored off Ibiza, Spain, for an eight-day port visit after participating in xercise Atlas Hinge, off the coast of North Africa. Upkeep in Rota with USS Simon Lake from Aug. 11-19.

August 29, LSD 50 pulled into Palma de Mallorca, Spain, for a week-long port call. Port visit to Barcelona from Sept. 6-13.

September 22, USS Carter Hall anchored off Kyparissia, Greece, for the start of two-week exercise Dynamic Mix.

October 11, The Carter Hall pulled again into Rota, Spain, for a five-day port call to conduct agricultural counter-measure washdowns of all embarked equipment.

October 26, The dock landing ship anchored in Onslow Bay to offload AAVs. Inport Morehead City from Oct. 27-28.

October 29, USS Carter Hall returned to homeport after a six-month deployment.

From Dec. 9-16, the Carter Hall was underway for Type Commander's Amphibious Training (TCAT) in the Cherry Point OPAREA.

From April 8-9, 1998, LSD 50 was underway for sea trials. Underway again from April 29- May 5; Port visit to Philadelphia, Pa., from May 1-3.

From June 3-20, USS Carter Hall was underway for NATO exercise Cooperative Osprey '98 off the coast of Onslow Beach. Underway for a Friends and Family Day Cruise on July 1; Underway for local operations from July 22-23; Underway for routine training from July 27-31; Underway for TSTA I from Aug. 3-6 and 12-17th.

August 25, The Carter Hall emergency sortied from NAB Little Crrek to avoid the Hurricane Bonnie. Retured on Aug. 29; Underway for TSTA II from Sept. 1-3; Underway for ECERT from Sept. 8-11; Underway for TCAT, TSTA II and CSTG from Sept. 15-24; Underway for local operations from Oct. 28-29; Underway for TSTA III/FEP from Nov. 2-5.

November 25, Cmdr. Pamela A. Markiewitcz relieved Cmdr. Stanley V. DeGeus as CO of LSD 50 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.

From Dec. 1-3, the Carter Hall was underway for deck landing qualifications. Underway for local operations from Jan. 19-21, 1999; Underway again on Feb. 4.

February 10, LSD 50 pulled into New Orleans, La., for an eight-day port call. Returned home on Feb. 24; Underway for amphibious operations in Onslow Bay from March 22-26, April 5-9 and May 17-22; Underway for local operations from June 1-4.

July 15, USS Carter Hall departed NAB Little Creek for a scheduled deployment in support of annual exercise UNITAS 40 and biennial West African Training Cruise (WATC). Onload at Morehead City, N.C., on July 16; Brief stop in Naval Station Mayport on July 20.

July 25, The dock landing ship pulled into Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, P.R., for a three-day port call. Anchored off Cartagena, Colombia, from July 31- Aug. 4.

August 5, USS Carter Hall moored at Vasco Nunez de Balboa naval base (the ex-U.S. Naval Station Rodman) for a two-day port call after transiting Panama Canal. Anchored off San Lorenzo, Ecuador, on Aug. 10; Anchored off Manta, Ecuador, from Aug. 15-17; Anchored off Salinas, Ecuador, from Aug. 20-23; Inport Paita, Peru, from Aug. 24-25.

August 27, The Carter Hall pulled into Callao Naval Base for a five-day port visit to Lima, Peru. Anchored off ilo, Peru, from Sept. 6-7; Anchored off Coquimbo, Chile, from Sept. 9-11; Anchored off Aldea, Chile, from Sept. 11-15.

September 16, LSD 50 arrived in Valparaiso, Chile, for a four-day port visit. Port call to Talcahuano, Chile, from Sept. 21-23; Anchored off Punta Arenas, Chile, from Sept. 27-28; Anchored off Puerto Belgrano, Argentina, due to bad weather from Sept. 30- Oct. 4.

October 7, USS Carter Hall pulled into Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for a five-day port visit. Anchored off Marambaia Island from Oct. 12-18; Inport Rio de Janeiro again from Oct. 18-23.

November 4, The Carter Hall arrived in Cape Town, South Africa, for a three-day port visit. Port call to Walvis Bay, Namibia, from Nov. 9-13.

November 18, The dock landing ship pulled into Lagos, Nigeria, for a two-day port call. Anchored off Accra, Ghana, from Nov. 21-23; Port visit to Abidjan, Ivory Coast, fron Nov. 28-30.

December 8, The Carter Hall pulled into NS Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, for a two-day port call to conduct agricultural washdowns. Inport Morehead City on Dec. 14.

December 15, USS Carter Hall returned to Little Creek after a five-month deployment in the U.S. 4th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility.

From Feb. 1-2, 2000, the Carter Hall was underway for local operations. Underway for Capabilities Exercise (CAPEX) in Onslow Bay from Feb. 7-11.

February 22, USS Carter Hall entered the Moon Engineering shipyard in Portsmouth, Va., for a four-month Planned Maintenance Availability (PMA). Underway for sea trials from June 7-9.

June 23, Cmdr. Edward J. Delaney relieved Cmdr. Pamela A. Markiewitcz as CO of the Carter Hall.

From July 10-14, the dock landing ship was underway for CO's Time in the Virginia Capes Op. Area. Underway for routine training from July 24-28; Ammo onload at NWS Yorktown from Aug. 23-24; Underway for local operations from Sept. 5-8 and 14-15th; Underway again on Sept. 29.

October 1, USS Carter Hall pulled into Port Everglades, Fla., for a four-day visit to Ft. Lauderdale to participate in Broward County Navy Days.

October 6, LSD 50 moored at Ocean Terminal in Savannah, Ga., for a four-day port visit to participate in Oktoberfest 2000 festivities. Returned home on Oct. 16 after participating in TCAT in Onslow Bay; Underway for local operations from Oct. 23-27; Underway for FEP from Oct. 30- Nov. 2; Underway for engineering UD on Nov. 27.

November 29, USS Carter Hall arrived in Baltimore, Md., for a five-day port visit in conjunction with the Army-Navy game.

December 15, The Carter Hall returned to homeport after participated in PHIBRON/MEU Integration Training (PMINT) in Onslow Bay.

January 26, 2001 USS Carter Hall pulled into Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands, for a three-day visit to St. Thomas Island.

From Jan. 31 through Feb. 13, LSD 50 was underway in the Cherry Point Op. Area for MEUEX 12. Returned home on Feb. 15; Underway for Material Inspection on Feb. 27; Underway for SACEX/SOCEX from March 9-28; Inport Mayport from March 12-14.

April 25, USS Carter Hall departed homeport for a scheduled Mediterranean deployment with the USS Kearsarge ARG and 24th MEU.

May 9, The dock landing ship pulled into Rota, Spain, for a two-day port call. Port visit to Palma de Mallorca, Spain, from May 14-18; Participated in exercise Trident D'or, south of Sardinia, from May 21-31 and Alexander the Great, in the Aegean Sea, from June 5-15.

June 18, The Carter Hall moored at Aksaz naval base for a four-day visit to Marmaris, Turkey. Port call to Limassol, Cyprus, from June 25-28.

July 4, LSD 50 pulled into Bari, Italy, for a three-day port call before participating in Albanian Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) from July 7-13.

July 16, USS Carter Hall pulled into Souda Bay, Crete, for a week-long port call. Port visit to Rhodes, Greece, from July 24-27.

August 2, USS Carter Hall pulled into Rijeka, Croatia, for a 12-day Fleet Maintenance Availability (FMAV). Port call to Toulon, France, from Aug. 17-21; Inport Barcelona, Spain, from Aug. 22-25; Port call to Gaeta, Italy, from Aug. 27-31.

September 3, The Carter Hall arrived in Koper, Slovenia, for a four-day port visit.

September 22, The dock landing ship pulled into Rota, Spain, for a four-day port call to conduct agricultural washdowns. Anchored in Onslow Bay for offload on Oct. 14.

October 15, USS Carter Hall returned to Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek after a six-month deployment.

From Dec. 3-12, LSD 50 was underway for routine training. Inport Naval Station Mayport from Dec. 5-9.

February 12, 2002 Cmdr. Troy L. Hart relieved Cmdr. Edward J. Delaney as the 5th CO of Carter Hall.

March 4, 2003 USS Carter Hall departed Little Creek for a scheduled deployment, with the USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Amphibious Ready Group and the 26th MEU, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

October 1, USS Carter Hall pulled into Naval Station Rota, Spain, after spending two months off the coast of Liberia, providing peacekeeping support in the Capital city of Monrovia. The ships moored in Rota to conduct an equipment wash-down, and take some much-needed liberty before getting underway.

October 24, USS Carter Hall, commanded by Cmdr. Brian D. Peterson, returned to homeport after a nearly eight-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet AoR. The ARG's support of operations in Iraq was cut short in August, when they were ordered to transit to Monrovia, Liberia, to support peacekeeping efforts. Once there, the 26th MEU/SOC provided a stabilizing presence, which allowed multinational forces from other western African countries to come in and handle the problem so humanitarian operations could be conducted. Elements of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit began to land in Monrovia on August 14. This was a Quick Reaction Force, comprised of Marines from the 1st Battalion, 8th Reg.

May 5, 2005 The Carter Hall departed NAB Little Creek for approximately one-month underway period, with the USS Nassau (LHA 4) ESG, to the U.S. Southern Command AoR in support of exercise New Horizons (NH) in Haiti. New Horizons began in February when USS Saipan (LHA 2) delivered task force personnel and equipment to the Caribbean island. The task force involved nearly 1,000 Sailors, Soldiers, Marines and Airmen. With NH concluding, Nassau ESG was called upon to support the recovery of forces and equipment. Upon arrival in Haiti, it will load and transport assets back to the home stations for detachments of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1 (Gulfport, Miss.); the 699th Engineering Company (Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico); and the 640th Water Purification Unit (U.S. Virgin Islands).

August 17, LSD 50 is currently underway for Expeditionary Strike Group Exercise (ESGEX), one of its final underway-training exercises where Sailors and Marines train together in preparation for an upcoming deployment.

November 5, USS Carter Hall departed Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek for a scheduled deployment, with the USS Nassau Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 8 and the 22nd MEU, in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

April 9, 2006 The Carter Hall transited through the Suez Canal, marking the end of more than four months of maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet AoR. After arriving in the Arabian Gulf, the amphibious ships of the strike group completed the offload of the 22nd MEU in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Once in Iraq, the 22nd MEU (SOC) established its combat operations center near the ancient city of Hit along the Euphrates River. The MEU remained on station in Iraq for nearly 60 days.

April 11, USS Carter Hall pulled into Split, Croatia, for a week-long port visit. The dock landing ship departed Marseille, France, after brief port call on April 21.

May 4, USS Carter Hall returned to homeport after a six-month deployment.

September 28, The dock landing ship transited from NAB Little Creek to Earl Industries, LLC shipyard in Portsmouth, Va., for a scheduled maintenance.

December 21, 2006 Cmdr. James E. McGover relieved Cmdr. Frank S. Linkous as commanding officer of LSD 50.

February 15, 2007 USS Carter Hall arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take part in the Galveston Navy Week festivities.

April 10, USS Carter Hall departed homeport for a six-month independent deployment to the U.S. European Command and Central Command Areas of Responsibility (AoR).

June 8, The Carter Hall, along with the RFA Fort Austin (A 386) and FGS Koln (F 211), is currently conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the Arabian Gulf, as part of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150.

March 9, 2008 LSD 50 is currently undergoing an operational evaluation with elements of the 26th MEU in the Atlantic Ocean.

April 28, The dock landing ship pulled into Port Everglades, Fla., for a Fleet Week.

June 27, Cmdr. Jeffrey W. Sinclair relieved Cmdr. James E. McGover as CO of USS Carter Hall.

August 26, USS Carter Hall departed Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek for a scheduled deployment, as part of the USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Expeditionary Strike Group.

September 17, LSD 50 recently departed Marseille, France, after a scheduled port visit.

September 22, The Carter Hall departed Rhodes, Greece, after a four-day port call.

October 12, The dock landing ship recently anchored off Kuwait Naval Basee to offload Marines and equipment from the 26th MEU.

November 1, USS Carter Hall is currently serving as an Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB) in the North Arabian Gulf, as part of Combined Task Force (CTF) 158.

December 9, USS Carter Hall departed Manama, Bahrain, after a routine port visit.

February 27, 2009 LSD 50 transited the Suez Canal after concluding operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet AoR. The ship backloaded Marined off KNB in mid-February.

March 5, The Carter Hall departed Antalya, Tyrkey, after a three-day port visit.

March 10, The dock landing ship moored at Naval Station Rota for a four-day port call to conduct agricultural washdowns.

March 27, USS Carter Hall returned to homeport after a seven-month deployment.

January 14, 2010 USS Carter Hall departed Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, as part of the USS Bataan (LHD 5) ARG, to provide humanitarian assistance to Haiti.

January 24, The dock landing ship pulled into Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to onload more than 400 pallets of humanitarian aid and supplies.

March 1, LSD 50 arrived at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, for an agricultural wash-down of the ship's equipment, concluding its participation in the joint humanitarian assistance mission Operation Unified Response. The Carter Hall delivered 1,100 pallets of food and water, 5,000 cots, and 338 tents during its service off Haiti.

March 8, USS Carter Hall returned to homeport after a nearly two-month underway period.

June 23, Cmdr. George B. Doyon, Jr., relieved Cmdr. Jeffrey W. Sinclair as the 10th CO of Carter Hall.

July 8, USS Carter Hall is currently underway for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), as part of the Kearsarge (LHD 3) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), in preparation for the upcoming deployment later this year.

August 27, USS Carter Hall departed Little Creek for a scheduled Middle East deployment.

October 8, The dock landing ship departed Manama, Bahrain, after a five-day port call.

November 1, The Carter Hall is currently participating in an amphibious training exercise off the coast of Djibouti.

January 2, 2011 LSD 50 provided medical assistance to an Indian crew member of a fishing vessel in the Arabian Gulf.

April 13, USS Carter Hall completed its U.S. 5th Fleet tasking and entered the U.S. 6th Fleet to support NATO-led Operation Unified Protector.

May 3, The dock landing ship departed Rota, Spain, aftert a three-day port call.

May 16, USS Carter Hall returned to homeport after a nearly nine-month underway period.

June 24, Cmdr. Damon K. Amaral relieved Cmdr. George B. Doyon, Jr., as CO of the Carter Hall during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship.

July 2, 2012 The Carter Hall anchored off Bristol, R.I., for a scheduled port visit to participate in 4th of July celebration.

July 7, USS Carter Hall moored at State Pier in New London, Conn., for a two-day port visit to participate in Operation Sail (OpSail) 2012 festivities.

October 31, The Carter Hall departed Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story to provide Navy relief to areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, if required. Anchored in New York Harbor on Nov. 2; Returned home on Nov. 12.

November 16, Cmdr. Gregory D. Blyden relieved Cmdr. Damon K. Amaral as commanding officer of the USS Carter Hall.

December 12, Seaman Darian A. Drouin died Wednesday night from injuries sustained from a fall in the ship's well deck, while the Carter Hall was underway off the coast of North Carolina, participating in Group Sail operations with the USS Bataan.

January 22, 2013 LSD 50 departed homeport for an Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 4/Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT) and COMPTUEX, with the USS Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and 26th MEU.

March 11, USS Carter Hall departed Little Creek for a scheduled deployment after a three-day delay due to bad weather. Inport Morehead City, N.C., on March 12.

March 30, The dock landing ship arrived in Corfu, Greece, for a four-day port visit. Transited Suez Canal on April 5.

May 4, USS Carter Hall backloaded 200 Marines off the coast of Oman after participated in a two-week joint exercise Sea Soldier.

May 18, The Carter Hall pulled into Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for a four-day visit to Dubai.

June 6, LSD 50 recently arrived in the Gulf of Aqaba to offload Marines and equipment in Jordan for participation in annual exercise Eager Lion 2013; Inport Aqaba Naval Base for backload on June 21.

July 19, The Carter Hall recently departed Bahrain after a routine port call.

August 7, USS Carter Hall backloaded sailors and Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), while anchored off Arta Beach, after a week-long sustainment unilateral exercise in Djibouti.

August 25, The dock landing ship pulled into Port Victoria, Seychelles, for a scheduled port visit.

September 23, USS Carter Hall anchored off Kuwait Naval Base to conduct agricultural counter-measure washdowns. Backload from Sept. 28-29; Returned to Mediterranean on Oct. 12.

October 17, LSD 50 moored at La Spezia naval base for a four-day port visit to Italy. Inport Naval Station Rota, Spain, from Oct. 24-27.?

November 7, USS Carter Hall returned to homeport after an extended eight-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).

December 26, The General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard (ex-Metro Machine), Norfolk, Va., was awarded a $172 million modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-09-C-4416) for the USS Carter Hall's Extended Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (E-DSRA). Work is expected to be completed by April 2015.

January 23, 2014 USS Carter Hall entered the Speede Dry Dock at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in Norfolk.

May 30, Cmdr. Neal H. Brinn relieved Cmdr. Gregory D. Blyden as the 13th CO of Carter Hall.

October 2?, The dock landing ship undocked and moored pierside at NASSCO shipyard.

August 7, 2015 Cmdr. Christina L. Dalmau relieved Cmdr. Neal H. Brinn as CO of the USS Carter Hall during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at NASSCO shipyard.

November 1?, The Carter Hall departed Quay Wall Dogleg Berth for sea trials, following an extended 22-month availability.

February 15, 2016 USS Carter Hall rescued three fishermen from a sinking MFV Capt. David after responding to a distress call, about 60 miles off the coast of Virginia, while underway for a routine training.

March 16, LSD 50 returned to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story after underway for a routine training.

April 9, A Sailor was reported missing at approximately 4.20 p.m. while the Carter Hall was underway off the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, in support of the Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) CSG's Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).

April 12, The search for a missing Gunner's Mate 3rd Class Taylor KayJean Machado was suspended today and she was pronounced dead.

May 1?, USS Carter Hall departed homeport to participate in annual multinational exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS); Anchored in Onslow Bay to embark the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment.

June 2, The Carter Hall moored at Quay 32, Coal Terminal in Muuga Harbour, Maardu, Estonia, for a three-day port visit to Tallinn before participating in at-sea phase of BALTOPS 2016.

June 17, USS Carter Hall moored at Scheer-Mole, Tirpitzhafen Naval Base in Kiel, Germany, for a three-day port visit to participate in annual Kiel Week celebration.

June 21, USS Carter Hall moored at Vlothaven Quay in Port of Amsterdam, Netherlands, for a three-day visit in support of Maritime/Air Systems and Technologies (MAST) conference.

June 26, The dock landing ship moored at Haakonsvern Naval Base in Bergen, Norway, for a two-day port visit.

July 1, The Carter Hall moored at Skarfabakki Quay, New Harbour in Reykjavik, Iceland, for a three-day liberty port visit; Returned to Little Creek on July 1?.

August 26, USS Carter Hall hosted a "Gator Cruise" for friends and family members while moored at Pier 16N, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.

October 2?, LSD 50 departed homeport for a day-long underway to conduct Mid-Cycle Inspection (MCI) assessment with the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV).

November 7, Cmdr. Timothy R. Carter relieved Cmdr. Christina L. Dalmau as the 15th CO of Carter Hall during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.

November 29, USS Carter Hall departed Little Creek for ARG/MEUEX as part of the USS Bataan (LHD 5) Amphibious Ready Group.