Navy Dads


USS Essex (LHD 2)

A group for parents and loved ones of Sailors and Marines serving on board the "IRON GATOR"

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Latest Activity: Oct 9, 2017

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A spot where we could all keep up with our Amphib Sailors and Marines...


USS Essex (LHD 2) is the second ship to be commissioned in the WASP-class of multipurpose amphibious assault ships. The principle mission of Essex is to conduct prompt, sustained operations at sea, primarily as the centerpiece and flagship of the Amphibious Ready Group. LHDs provide the means to transport, deploy, command and support all elements of a Marine landing force of over 2,000 troops during an assault by air and amphibious craft.

Designed to be versatile, Essex has the option of simultaneously using helicopters, Harrier jets, and Landing Craft Air Cushioned (LCAC), as well as conventional landing craft and assault vehicles in various combinations. LHDs missions, while operating with an aircraft carrier battle group. The ship's extensive medical facilities consist of six medical operating rooms, four dental operating rooms, medical laboratories and hospital facilities capable of caring for 600 patients.

In carrying out its primary mission, the 844-foot long, 44,000-ton Essex will transport and land ashore troops, tanks, trucks, artillery, and other supplies necessary to support an assault.


Keel Laid : March 20,1989
Christening: March 16, 1991
Commissioning: October 17, 1992 in San Diego, CA

15th MEU pilots conduct day, night landing ops | A U.S. Marine piloting an AV-8B Harrier with Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 (Reinforced), 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, takes off from the USS Essex (LHD 2) during Amphibious Squadron/Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT) off the coast of San Diego Feb. 24, 2015. The pilots and flight crew of VMM-161 (Rein.) conducted both day and night operations in order to prepare for future exercises and operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Steve H. Lopez/Released)

Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ESXARG):
USS Essex (LHD 2), USS Anchorage (LPD 23) and USS Rushmore (LSD 47)

Discussion Forum


Started by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary Mar 7, 2015. 0 Replies

15th Marine Expeditionary Unit Story by Cpl. Anna Albrecht USS ESSEX, At sea – U.S. Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked aboard the Essex Amphibious Ready Group’s three ships…Continue

Tags: USS Anchorage, USS Rushmore, USS Essex, MEU, PHIBRON 3

Current Deployment

Started by Jim Hoyt Feb 4, 2011. 0 Replies

As posted in my email to the group, our son is a corpsman attached to VMA 211 currently aboard the Essex (in Thailand right now).  As this is his first deployment we have little info on the daily…Continue

Bad Timing

Started by MIKE GONZALES. Last reply by NavyDads Admin (Paul) Nov 27, 2010. 1 Reply

Major,major bummer!!.Got a call from my Michael last night and they canceled his leave time that was scheduled for New Years, because of the BS in Korea,Had a huge party planed for him and…Continue

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Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary on March 1, 2015 at 12:08pm

PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 24, 2015) A Marine AV-8B awaits aircraft steering directions on the flight deck of Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is underway completing various certifications in preparation for an upcoming 2015 deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher B. Janik/Released) — at Pacific Ocean.

Comment by Robert Hartman on September 23, 2010 at 7:34pm
Comment by MIKE GONZALES on May 21, 2010 at 1:15pm
Great idea Terry finally a Essex group,Yes skype and facebook love them both.

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