USS PEARL HARBOR
LSD 52
  
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The Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) is the U.S. Navy's 12th Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship, and the fourth to be built with a "cargo variant" configuration, which provides additional space for Marine Corps equipment. It honors the naval base on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, and the men and women who fought so valiantly in response to the surprise attack by Japanese forces on December 7, 1941. The ship was christened on February 24, 1996, at Avondale Industries in New Orleans, Louisiana, and commissioned on May 30, 1998.

In January 2000, USS Pearl Harbor departed Naval Station San Diego for its maiden deployment in western Pacific, with the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) Amphibious Ready Group. She returned home in July after participating in Operation Southern Watch and exercises Eager Mace, Eastern Maverick and Sea Soldier.

December 1, 2001 USS Pearl Harbor deployed again, with the BHR ARG, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The ARG was ordered to deploy 45 days earlier than originally scheduled, to join America's war against international terrorism.

June 18, 2002 The Pearl Harbor, commanded by Cmdr. Ronald W. Kennedy, returned to San Diego after six-and-a-half month combat deployment in the Arabian Gulf. Transiting back to home she visited her namesake port from June 7-10.

January 17, 2003 USS Pearl Harbor departed San Diego, as part of Amphibious Task Force West (ATF-W), for an unscheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

July 3, The dock landing ship pulled into island of Tonga for a three-day port visit.

July 26, USS Pearl Harbor returned to homeport after more than six-month underway period in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. The ATF-W arrived in the North Arabian Gulf in February to join a larger amphibious force that brought 33,000 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen to the region. This amphibious force, named Task Force 51, eventually included 32 U.S. and coalition ships.

July 16, 2005 USS Pearl Harbor departed Naval Base San Diego for a scheduled deployment, with the USS Tarawa ESG-1 and 13th MEU, in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

August 15, USS Pearl Harbor pulled into Darwin, Australia, for training, liberty and a commemoration of the 60th anniversary of World War II's victory in the Pacific with their Australian allies.

September 10, LSD 52 entered the Mediterranean Sea to participate in the multinational exercise Bright Star 2005.

October 14, USS Pearl Harbor, commanded by Cmdr. Jonathan Harnden, made a brief port stop to Manama, Bahrain, where Sailors loaded 13 pieces of heavy equipment bound for Pakistan. The United States government is participating in a multinational humanitarian assistance and support effort led by the Pakistani Government to bring aid to victims of the devastating earthquake that struck the region Oct. 8. The dock landing ship arrived in Karachi, Pakistan, Oct. 18.

October 22, USS Pearl Harbor departed Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, bound for Pakistan with 130 tons of essential supplies for the victims of the devastating earthquake that hit the region. The relief supplies included blankets, mattresses, heaters, food, water, clothes and shoes, as well as other comfort items. LSD 52 pulled into Karachi again on Oct. 24th.

October 29, The amphibious ship makes third Pakistani relief delivery offloading 16 pieces of heavy machinery. Pearl Harbor’s cargo included tractors, heavy trucks, bulldozers and other heavy equipment requested by the government of Pakistan to assist with improving road access to the affected areas in the northern part of the country.

December 28, The Pearl Harbor conducted maritime security operations (MSO) in the Arabian Gulf from Nov. 20 through Dec. 26. During this time Pearl Harbor's Visit, Board, Search and Seizure Team has been a key component in the MSO as well has building a bridge between the U.S. service members and local merchants and fishermen.

January 21, 2006 LSD 52 departed Changi Naval Base after a three-day port visit to Singapore.

February 20, USS Pearl Harbor returned to San Diego after completing a seven-month deployment.

May 19, The dock landing ship departed floating dry-dock in San Diego following a scheduled repair cycle.

July 7, LSD 52 is currently undergoing a Depot Maintenance Availability at NASSCO shipyard in San Diego.

July 26, USS Pearl Harbor, commanded by Cmdr. Victor V. Cooper, departed for sea trials following an extensive nine-week maintenance.

December 4, The dock landing ship arrived in Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, to honor those who valiantly fought to defend the island of Oahu during the attack on December 7, 1941.

March 28, 2007 USS Pearl Harbor departed San Diego to begin their role in a U.S. Navy Task Group conducting Partnership of the Americas (POA) 2007. The task group, led by Capt. Randall Snyder, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 40 commodore, will be composed of the Pearl Harbor; Chilean Frigate Almirante Latorre (FFG 14), USS Mitscher (DDG 57) and USS Samuel B Roberts (FFG 58). During POA 2007, the ships will participate in several exercises as they sail around South America, including UNITAS and Teamwork South. The deployment will conclude with participation in PANAMAX 2007, an annual exercise designed to assist the government of Panama in protecting the sovereignty and security of the Panama Canal.

April 6, After a brief port visit to Vasco Nunez de Balboa Naval Base, the Pearl Harbor passed through the Panama Canal.

April 18, U.S. Navy Task Group 40.0 arrived in Salvador, Brazil, for a scheduled port call. Upon completion of the port visit, Sailors and Marines will begin working with the Spanish and Brazilian navies, conducting tactical maneuvering drills, communications exercises and seamanship evolutions.

April 26, USS Pearl Harbor pulled into Buenos Aires, Argentina, for a port visit.

May 2, LSD 52 arrived in Puerto Belgrano, Argentina, for a scheduled port call.

May 16, Partnership of the Americas Task Group 40.0 got underway on May 14 after a successful 3-day visit to Puerto Belgrano marking the end of UNITAS Atlantic 48-07 phase.

May 23, USS Pearl Harbor arrived in Valparaiso, Chile, for a port visit after transiting the Strait of Magellan and the Patagonian channels located on the Chilean coast.

May 30, The dock landing ship pulled into Mejillones, Chile, to participate in exercises Team Work South 2007.

June 17, The 24th Marine Regiment, embarked aboard the LSD 52, conducted a beach landing exercise on June 14 and 15th in Ancon, Peru. Task Group 40.0 will begin the at sea phase of UNITAS Pacific on June 18, working with a submarine and ships from Chile, Colombia, Peru and the United States, including the U.S. Coast Guard.

June 28, UNITAS 48-07 Pacific concluded off the coast of South America with a final conference at sea aboard USS Pearl Harbor to assess the exercise and its results.

July 20, USS Pearl Harbor departed Vasco Nunez de Balboa Naval Base after a ten-day port visit to Panama City. For the next two months, ships of Task Group 40.0 will be completing a series of theater security cooperation events in Central America and the Caribbean. At the end of August, the Task Group will participate in PANAMAX 2007, an exercise that simulates defending the Panama Canal from attack.

July 25, LSD 52 pulled into Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala, for a scheduled port call; Arrived in La Union, El Salvador, on July 30.

August 4, USS Pearl Harbor pulled into Amapala, Honduras, to participate in theater security cooperation operations ashore in support of Partnership of the Americas (POA) 2007; Departed Corinto, Nicaragua, on Aug. 15.

August 25, USS Pearl Harbor arrived in Vasco Nunez de Balboa, Panama, for the final phase of POA 2007.

September 20, The Pearl Harbor departed Mazatlan, Mexico, after a final port visit.

September 26, USS Pearl Harbor returned to San Diego after a six-month deployment in support of Partnership of the Americas.

November 20, Cmdr. Xavier Valverde relieved Cmdr. Victor V. Cooper as CO of LSD 52 during a ceremony aboard the ship in San Diego.

May 4, 2008 USS Pearl Harbor departed Naval Base San Diego, as part of USS Peleliu (LHA 5) ESG, for a scheduled deployment in the Central Command Area of Responsibility (AoR).

June 27, The Pearl Harbor is currently conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the Arabian Gulf.

July 27, Rear Adm. Kendall Card relieved Cmdr. Xavier F. Valverde following a preliminary inquiry after a recent grounding incident in the Arabian Gulf. Card expressed his loss in confidence in Valverde's ability to command. No injuries or damage occurred as a result of the incident. Capt. Mike Slotsky assumed temporary command of the Pearl Harbor.

October 13, The dock landing ship arrived in Apra Harbor, Guam, for a routine port call.

November 4, USS Pearl Harbor returned to homeport after a six-month deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

March 12, 2010 LSD 52 departed San Diego for a Friends and Family Day Cruise.

April 26, The Pearl Harbor completed its participation in a Certification Exercise (CERTEX), with the USS Peleliu ARG, in preparation for a deployment next month.

May 20, USS Pearl Harbor departed Naval Base San Diego for a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility.

June 3, The Pearl Harbor pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a scheduled port call.

June 20, USS Pearl Harbor arrived off the coast of Dili, Timor Leste, to take part in exercise Crocodilo.

June 28, LSD 52 pulled into Darwin, Australia, for a week-long port visit.

July 13, USS Pearl Harbor arrived at the port of Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, to participate in exercise Benevolent Phoenix 2010.

July 31, Cmdr. Homer R. Denius, III relieved Cmdr. David K. Guluzian as CO of the Pearl Harbor during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship in the Arabian Gulf.

August 14, The dock landing ship recently departed Manama, Bahrain, after a routine port call.

September 24, LSD 52 is currently assigned to Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, a multinational task force conducting counter-piracy operations in and around the Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin.

November 21, USS Pearl Harbor departed Singapore after a four-day port visit.

December 6, The dock landing ship arrived in Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a four-day port call to participate in the commemoration ceremonies on the 69th anniversary of the attack of Pearl Harbor. It is the first time the ship is able to be in Hawaii on the anniversary of its namesake.

December 18, USS Pearl Harbor returned to homeport after a seven-month deployment.

May 20, 2011 The Pearl Harbor entered the dry-dock at General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard for a month of extensive work on shafting system and exterior hull. LSD 52 has been docked at NASSCO’s Berth 4, since January 24, for a $20 million worth renovation and modernization period.

October 14, The dock landing ship returned to San Diego after successufully completing certification exercise (CERTEX), off the coast of southern California, as part of the USS Makin Island (LHD 8) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG).

November 14, USS Pearl Harbor departed Naval Base San Diego for a scheduled deployment.

November 23, LSD 52 departed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, after a two-day port visit.

December 11, USS Pearl Harbor, along with USS New Orleans (LPD 18), arrived off the coast of Cambodia to participate in a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief Marine Exercise (MAREX) 2012, in the vicinities of Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville.

December 17, The dock landing ship pulled into Sihanoukville for a two-day port visit.

December 23, The Pearl Harbor pulled into Changi Naval Base for a scheduled port visit to Singapore.

January 8, 2012 USS Pearl Harbor recently arrived in Manama, Bahrain, for a routine port call.

February 22, LSD 52 recently pulled into Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for a port visit to Dubai.

March 20, The dock landing ship recently pulled into Khalifa Bin Salman Port at Hidd, Bahrain, to conduct agricultural counter-measure washdowns.

March 26, USS Pearl Harbor arrived in Doha, Qatar, to take participation in Doha International Maritime and Defence Exhibition (DIMDEX) 2012.

April 16, The Pearl Harbor departed Aqaba Naval Base, Jordan, after a agricultural counter-measure washdowns of all embarked equipment.

May 14, USS Pearl Harbor anchored off the coast of Phuket, Thailand, for a scheduled port visit.

May 26, LSD 52 pulled into Cebu City, Republic of the Philippines, for a five-day port call.

June 13, The dock landing ship pulled into Pearl Harbor for a brief port call.

June 22, USS Pearl Harbor returned to San Diego after more than a seven-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).

July 6, Cmdr. Michael J. Harris relieved Cmdr. Homer R. Denius, III as CO of the Pearl Harbor during change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.

August 28, USS Pearl Harbor moored at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif., for ammo offload. Underway for "Leaders to Sea" program on Sept. 13.

February 7, 2013 The Pearl Harbor departed Naval Base San Diego to participate in exercise Iron Fist 2013, in the SOCAL Op. Area, with elements from the 13th MEU and the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF).

May 14, USS Pearl Harbor departed San Diego for a four-month deployment in support of Pacific Partnership 2013.

May 21, LSD 52 arrived in Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, for a four-day port call.

June 1, USS Pearl Harbor arrived in Apia, Samoa, for its first Pacific Partnership (PP) mission. Underway on June 10.

June 12, The Pearl Harbor anchored off the coast of Nuku'alofa, Tonga, for an 11-day port visit.

June 25, The dock landing ship arrived in Noumea, New Caledonia, for a two-day port visit. Anchored off Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands, on July 3; Underway on July 14.

July 15, USS Pearl Harbor anchored off the coast of Tarawa Atoll for an 11-day visit to the Republic of Kiribati.

July 29, The Pearl Harbor anchored off Honiara, Solomon Islands, for a nine-day visit to Guadalcanal.

August 16, LSD 52 pulled into Pearl Harbor for a routine port call.

August 26, USS Pearl Harbor returned to Naval Base San Diego after three-and-a-half month deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet AoR.

October 21, The Pearl Harbor departed homeport for routine training off the coast of southern California.

January 21, 2014 Cmdr. Karrey D. Sanders relieved Cmdr. Michael J. Harris as the 12th CO of USS Pearl Harbor.

March 18, General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASCCO), San Diego, Calif., was awarded a $62,6 million modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-08-C-4410) for the USS Pearl Harbor's Extended Drydocking Phased Maintenance Availability (E-DPMA). Work is expected to be completed by July 2015.

August 29, General Dynamics NASCCO was awarded a $139,9 million modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-08-C-4410) for the USS Pearl Harbor's E-DPMA. Work is expected to be completed by August 2015.

October ?, USS Pearl Harbor departed dry-dock at General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard and moored at the HII Continental Maritime of San Diego shipyard.

April 24, 2015 Cmdr. Judd A. Krier relieved Cmdr. Karrey D. Sanders as CO of the Pearl Harbor during a change-of-command ceremony on board the USS Midway Museum.

September 13, LSD 52 recently moved "dead-stick" to Berth 6, Pier 4 on Naval Base San Diego; Underway for sea trials from Sept. 14-15; Moved to Berth 6, Pier 6 on Nov. 24.

May 27, 2016 USS Pearl Harbor moored at Berth 5, Pier 6 on Naval Base San Diego after an 11-day underway off the coast of southern California, following an extended two-year availability.

June 22, The Pearl Harbor moored at Bravo Pier, NAS North Island for a brief stop to onload ammo before underway for routine training; Returned home on June 24.

July 7, USS Pearl Harbor departed homeport to participate in a multinational mine countermeasures exercise, off the coast of southern California, in support of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016; Moored at Berth 2, Pier 10 from July 15-18.

July 18, The dock landing ship moored at Navy Fuel Farm (NFF) on Naval Base Point Loma for a brief stop before underway again; Returned home on July 29; Underway for routine training from Aug. 1-5 and Aug. 22-26.

September 2, USS Pearl Harbor moored at Berth 1, Pier 6 on Naval Base San Diego after a four-day underway in the SOCAL Op. Area.

September 30, Cmdr. Theodore E. Essenfeld relieved Cmdr. Judd A. Krier as CO of the LSD 52 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Pier 6.

October 7, The Pearl Harbor moored at Berth 6, Pier 6 on Naval Base San Diego after a four-day underway for routine training; Underway again from Oct. 17-28, Nov. 7-1? and Nov. 21-22.

December 5, USS Pearl Harbor moored at Bravo Pier, NAS North Island for a brief stop to onload ammo before underway for a Missile Exercise (MISSILEX); Brief stop at Bravo Pier again before moored at Berth 6, Pier 6 on Dec. 9.