A group for parents and loved ones of Sailors and Marines serving on board the "IRON GATOR"
Latest Activity: Oct 9, 2017
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.
ABOUT THE SHIP
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)
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
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