USS OAK HILL
LSD 51
  
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The Oak Hill (LSD 51) is the second U.S. Navy ship to be named for Oak Hill, the home of President James Monroe in Loudoun County, Virginia.

February 18, 2000 USS Oak Hill departed Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek for a scheduled deployment, with the USS Wasp (LHD 1) Amphibious Ready Group, in Mediterranean Sea. The dock landing ship returned to homeport in July after participating in exercises Dynamic Response 2000, Dynamic Mix and Noble Shirley.

February 22, 2002 LSD 51 deployed again with the USS Wasp ARG and the 22nd MEU, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Since relieving the USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) on station, the Oak Hill Sailors and Marines have participated in several exercises keeping the "Blue/Green team" sharp and mission ready. After visiting Split, Croatia, she returned home on Aug. 23.

October 1, 2004 Cmdr. Curtis J. Gilbert relieved Cmdr. John L. Bryant as commanding officer of USS Oak Hill, during a change of command ceremony held on the flight deck.

January 19, 2005 USS Oak Hill departed Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek in support of a humanitarian assistance exercise in Haiti, entitled New Horizons, as part of the USS Saipan (LHA 2) Expeditionary Strike Group. Returned on March 9.

January 24, 2006 USS Oak Hill departed Little Creek for a surge deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Along with USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) and USS Vicksburg (CG 69), she will work with allies to detect, disrupt, and deny international terrorist organizations the use of the maritime environment.

February 9, The dock landing ship pulled into Souda Bay, Crete, for a routine port call.

March 26, Cmdr. Ray A. Staff relieved Cmdr. Curtis J. Gilbert as CO of the USS Oak Hill during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Manama, Bahrain.

March 30, USS Oak Hill provided assistance to a vessel in distress approximately 60 nautical miles off the coast of Somalia, while conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO), as part of the Dutch-led Coalition Task Force (CTF) 150.

May 31, USS Oak Hill returned to homeport after a four-month underawy period in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet AoR. During her transit home through the Mediterranean Sea, she conducted engineering certification before enjoying a port visit to Cittivecchia, Italy.

August 19, The dock landing ship is currently in the Atlantic Ocean, conducting an Expeditionary Strike Group Integration (ESGINT) with the USS Bataan (LHD 5), USS Shreveport (LPD 12), embarked elements of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) Two and 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), in preparation for an upcoming deployment.

October 21, LSD 51 is currently underway off the East Coast conducting Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).

January 4, 2007 USS Oak Hill departed NAB Little Creek for a scheduled deployment, with the USS Bataan ESG-2, in support of the global war on terrorism.

February 5, The Oak Hill began a two-week exercise Image Nautilus 2007 by successfully offloading the Marines and equipment in Djibouti, on the northeast coast of Africa. The Marines will participate in community service project and live-fire exercises. In addition, Oak Hill's boarding team is conducting training with boarding officers from the Djiboutian Coast Guard.

April 14, The dock landing ship is currently conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the Arabian Gulf.

July 3, USS Oak Hill returned to homeport after a six-month deployment in the 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR).

May 28, 2008 The Oak Hill along with ships from Bahrain, New Zealand, and U.K. concluded a three-day operation Stake Net, focused on protecting key economic infrastructure in the Central and Southern Arabian Gulf.

October 18, USS Oak Hill, commanded by Cmdr. Heidi Agle, returned home after a seven-month deployment in support of the global war on terrorism.

June 3, 2009 LSD 51 departed Little Creek in support of Southern Partnership Station '09. The Oak Hill will also support U.S Marine Corps Forces South multinational amphibious exercise Southern Exchange 2009.

June 9, The dock landing ship pulled into Castries, St. Lucia, for a goodwill port visit.

July 1, USS Oak Hill departed Puerto Belgrano, Argentina, after a scheduled port call.

July 4, The Oak Hill recently arrived in Montevideo, Uruguay, to celebrate the U.S. Independence Day.

July 12, LSD 51 pulled into Rio de Janeiro to participate in a two-week training exercise in Brazil.

August 21, USS Oak Hill returned to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story after a nearly three-month underway period.

September 3, 2010 Cmdr. David E. Bauer relieved Cmdr. Daniel Blackburn as CO of the Oak Hill.

April 21, 2011 The dock landing ship returned to homeport after an 11-day underway period for routine training.

May 31, The U.S. Navy successfully tested the ability to dock and secure the Riverine Command Boat (RCB) and Riverine Patrol Boat (RPB), from Riverine Squadrons (RIVRON) 2 and 3, aboard the anchored USS Oak Hill, during a well deck certification held at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.

June 20, The Oak Hill arrived in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, for a two-day port visit to participate in the 49th Windjammer Days Festival.

June 23, LSD 51 anchored off the coast of Gloucester, Mass., for a four-day port visit to participate in the 89th annual St. Peter’s Fiesta.

June 29, USS Oak Hill arrived pierside at the North Jetty of the Boston Marine Industrial Park to celebrate Boston Harborfest and the July 4th festivities.

August 3, The dock landing ship departed Little Creek for a two-day Friends and Family Cruise.

August 18, USS Oak Hill is currently conducting certification evolutions off the East Coast in preparation for a three-month deployment.

August 25, The Oak Hill departed Little Creak as the first ship to sortie away from the approaching Category 2 Hurricane Irene. 27 ships are moving out to sea, beginning at 8:00 a.m., and will rendezvous with 11 other ships that are already at sea, at the location east of Bermuda. Another 28 are being moved to other places such as repair shipyards that are safer than the piers at Norfolk to avoid the storm, that will hit Hampton Roads area Saturday evening.

September 7, Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark I. Hernandez died this morning from self-inflicted gunshot wound, aboard the Oak Hill, while pierside at Naval Station Norfolk.

October 3, USS Oak Hill departed Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story for a scheduled deployment to the Caribbean Sea and southern Atlantic Ocean in support of Amphibious-Southern Partnership Station (A-SPS).

November 3, The Oak Hill pulled into Colon, Panama, for a brief port call to pick up fuel and supplies.

November 16, LSD 51 arrived in Cartagena, Colombia, for a three-day port visit to deliver 30 tons of humanitarian aid.

November 20, USS Oak Hill pulled into Puerto Castilla, Honduras, to participate in a joint weapons training exercises with Honduran troops over the next two weeks as part of a Subject Matter Expert Exchanges (SMEEs).

December 2, USS Oak Hill intercepted the motor vessel Mr. Geo in international waters off the Caribbean coast of Honduras. The Coast Guard boarding team recovered the shipment of cocaine, weighing more than 4,400 pounds worth an estimated street value of $245 million.

December 13, The dock landing ship arrived in Guantanamo Bay for a routine port call to conduct agricultural counter-measure washdowns of all embarked equipment. LSD 51 recently departed Puerto Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala, its final port visit as part of A-SPS.

December 21, USS Oak Hill returned to homeport after an 80-day deployment to Central America.

January 23, 2012 The Oak Hill departed Little Creek for a friends and family day cruise to Yorktown Naval Weapons Station.

February 4, USS Oak Hill is currently participating in a joint and multinational amphibious assault exercise Bold Alligator 2012 (BA12), off the coast of Virginia and North Carolina, Jan. 30- Feb. 12.

March 2, Cmdr. Kevin A. Lane relieved Cmdr. David E. Bauer as CO of the LSD 51 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Pier 16 on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.

April 15, USS Oak Hill on-loaded 172 pallets of mortars at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for a transfer to Naval Weapons Station Earle, N.J. Returned home on 25th.

June 6, The Oak Hill recently arrived at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard (ex-Metro Machine) in Norfolk, Va., for an Extended Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (E-DSRA). Entered the dry-dock on June 26; Undocked on January 8, 2013; Returned to Little Creek on July 18; Underway for sea trials from Aug. 27- Sept. 3.

September 6, Cmdr. Bryan K. Carmichael relieved Cmdr. Kevin A. Lane as the 12th commanding officer of Oak Hill.

January 15, 2014 USS Oak Hill is currently underway as the on-scene commander for salvage operations of a downed F/A-18E aircraft, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 143, that crashed approximately 2:35 p.m. today, about 45 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. The pilot ejected safely and was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in critical condition by an MH-60 Sea Hawk from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28. The dock landing ship previously participated in salvage operations of a downed MH-53E Sea Dragon, assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 14, when it went down around 10:45 a.m. on Jan. 8, about 18 n.m. east of Cape Henry.

May 21, USS Oak Hill moored at Berth 5, Manhattan's Pier 92 in New York City for a six-day port visit to participate in annual Fleet Week celebration.

June 12, USS Oak Hill moored at Berth 21, Cruise Terminal in Port of Quebec, Canada, for a four-day visit to participate in the 4th Rendez-vous naval de Quebec. The ship departed Norfolk on June 6.

July 1, LSD 51 moored at North Jetty, Marine Industrial Park in South Boston, Mass., for a six-day port visit to participate in annual Harborfest festivities.

September 10, USS Oak Hill moored at Pier 4/5 East, North Locust Point Marine Terminal in Port of Baltimore, Md., for a six-day visit to participate in bicentennial celebration of the Star-Spangled Banner.

October 29, The Oak Hill departed Naval Station Norfolk to paticipate in a multinational amphibious assault exercise Bold Alligator 2014.

October 30, The dock landing ship moored at Berth 7, General Cargo Terminal in Port of Morehead City, N.C., for a brief port call to conduct onload.

February 11, 2015 USS Oak Hill departed Little Creek for a day-long underway to conduct Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) assessment.

March 6, Cmdr. Orlando S. Bowman relieved Cmdr. Bryan K. Carmichael as CO of the Oak Hill during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.

May 4, USS Oak Hill departed homeport for an 11-day underway to participate in Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 4/Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT), as part of the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) ARG; Underway for MEUEX from June 12- July 2; Underway for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) from July 15- Aug. 7.

October 6, USS Oak Hill departed homeport for a scheduled Middle East deployment, after a three-day delay due to Hurricane Joaquin.

October 7, The Oak Hill moored at Berth 7, General Cargo Terminal in Port of Morehead City, N.C., for a brief port call to conduct onload.

October 18, LSD 51 moored at Pier 3 on Naval Station Rota, Spain, for a week-long port call; Transited the Strait of Gibraltar on Oct. 25; Transited the Suez Canal on Nov. 1; Transited the Strait of Hormuz on Nov. 2?.

January 5, 2016 USS Oak Hill conducted deck landing qualifications with two U.S. Army's AH-64D Apache helicopters, while underway in the Arabian Gulf; Transited the Strait of Hormuz southbound on Jan. ?.

January 22, The Oak Hill recently moored at General Cargo Terminal in Port of Duqm, Oman, for upkeep; Transited the Strait of Hormuz northbound in late January; Participated in Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX), off the coast of Kuwait, from Feb. 20-29.

April 1, USS Oak Hill departed the Gulf of Aqaba after conducted agricultural counter-measure washdowns at Jordanian Naval Base; Transited the New Suez Canal on April 5.

April 16, The Oak Hill moored at Alcantara Cruise Terminal in Lisbon, Portugal, for a four-day port visit; Inport Morehead City, N.C., for offload from April 29- May 1.?

May 3, USS Oak Hill moored at Pier 16N on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story following a seven-month deployment.

June ?, USS Oak Hill departed homeport to deliver the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force - Southern Command (SPMAGTF-SC) in support of engineering assistance projects in Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Belize; Anchored off Puerto Castilla, Honduras, from June 15-16.

June 21, LSD 51 moored at Berth 7 in Port of Balboa, Panama, for a week-long port visit in conjunction with the recent expansion of Panama Canal; Transited northbound on June 28; Returned to Little Creek on July ?.

July 19, General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., Norfolk, Va., was awarded a $42,1 million modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-10-C-4401) for the USS Oak Hill's Phased Maintenance Availability (PMA). Work is expected to be completed by April 2017.

August 2, USS Oak Hill anchored off the coast of Rockland, Maine, for a five-day port visit in conjunction with the annual Lobster Festival.

August 5, Cmdr. Nakia M. Cooper relieved Cmdr. Orlando S. Bowman as the 14th CO of Oak Hill.

August 16, USS Oak Hill moored at NASSCO shipyard (ex-Metro Machine) in Norfolk.