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USS Peleliu (LHA 5)

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Latest Activity: Feb 21, 2015

Homeport: Naval Base San Diego

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Started by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary Oct 22, 2012. 0 Replies

Earlier this year, my son got orders and spent some time on this ship. He had the opportunity to train and also to participate in the Steel Beach picnic. He could not stop raving about the food!... …Continue

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Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary on February 21, 2015 at 11:51am

Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary on February 21, 2015 at 11:50am

USS Peleliu to be Decommissioned After Nearly 35 Years of Service...

Story Number: NNS150115-13Release Date: 1/15/2015 2:00:00 PM
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan J. Batchelder, USS Peleliu Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) will end nearly 35 years of service during a decommissioning ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m. at Pier #7 at Naval Base San Diego, March 31.

The last general-purpose amphibious assault ship of the Tarawa class, Peleliu's decommissioning marks the end of a career comprising multiple deployments to U.S. 7th and 5th Fleet, humanitarian efforts and peacekeeping missions.

Capable of launching a coordinated air and sea attack from one platform, Peleliu has conducted 17 deployments, 178,051 flight operations, served 57,983 personnel and steamed approximately 1,011,946 nautical miles since being commissioned May 3, 1980 in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

Significant in its history, Peleliu played a critical part in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom after the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Peleliu was the first ship in the Global War on Terror to deploy Marines to the beach in support of operations in Afghanistan.

Capt. Paul Spedero will be the last in the long line of 23 commanding officers. Cmdr. Donald Hudson, Peleliu's executive officer, will make up the final decommissioning chain of command.

After the decommissioning process is complete, Peleliu will be towed from San Diego to Pearl Harbor to join the reserve fleet.

Named for the Battle of Peleliu in World War II, the ship will be placed in an inactive reserve status and moored alongside the class's namesake USS Tarawa (LHA 1).

Peleliu's motto, "Pax Per Potens," will stand long after its decommissioning as a testament to the ship's legacy of providing "Peace Through Power."

Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary on March 15, 2014 at 11:57am


SAN DIEGO (Mar. 11, 2014) – The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) sails under the Coronado Bay Bridge after leaving Naval Base San Diego. Peleliu is conducting sea trials after a 7-month phased maintenance availability to prepare for an upcoming regular scheduled deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ryan J. Batchelder/Released)

Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary on January 29, 2014 at 1:15am

Some flight deck ops videos when my son was on this ship...

Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary on October 15, 2013 at 11:33pm


SAN DIEGO (Oct. 10, 2013) - Commanding Officer John D. Deehr and Master Chief Machinist's Mate Jesus Silva cut a ceremonial cake during amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu's (LHA 5) celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month at Mariners Park on Naval Base San Diego.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dustin Knight/Released) digital

Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary on September 13, 2013 at 12:06am

Third class petty officers assigned to amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) take the Navy-wide petty officer second class advancement exam on the mess decks. The biannual exam tests sailors on in-rate and basic professional military knowledge providing qualified sailors the opportunity for advancement. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Viramontes/Released)

Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary on June 18, 2013 at 1:16am

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Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary on April 30, 2013 at 10:43pm
Comment by Steven Allen on April 30, 2013 at 4:55pm

Here a link to the best article I've read yet about the Peleliu diversion and rescue:

Sorry, too many words to post it here.


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