LSD 52 Pearl Harbor
The primary mission of USS PEARL HARBOR is to dock, transport, and launch the Navy's Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) vessels and other amphibious craft and vehicles with crews and Marines into potential trouble spots around the world. The ship also has the capability to act as the primary control ship during an amphibious assault. It is the last of the LSD 49 (CV) Harpers Ferry Class LSD 's. USS PEARL HARBOR will be a principal component of the amphibious fleet and support Amphibious Ready Groups well into the 21st Century.
USS PEARL HARBOR (LSD 52), the last of the Harper's Ferry dock landing ship class, was christened on February 24, 1996, at Avondale Industries, New Orleans, Louisiana.
On May 30, 1998 the commissioning pennant was broken on USS PEARL HARBOR (LSD 52). It is at this point when the Commanding Officer, together with the ship's officers and crew, accept the duties and responsibilities of making and keeping the ship ready for any service required by our nation, whether at peace or at war.
Pearl Harbor 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 December 7, 1941. "Remember Pearl Harbor" became a rallying cry for the nation during World War II.
Ships of this class are vital to the U.S. Navy's strategic doctrine of forward presence and rapid deployment of troops and heavy equipment to remote and distant shores, "Forward...From the Sea." Pearl Harbor's mission is to transport Marines with their associated combat equipment, and launch pre-loaded assault landing craft and helicopters during amphibious operations against hostile shores. Pearl
Harbor carries Landing Craft Air Cushion vehicles (LCACs), which are assault landing craft capable of exceeding 40 knots while carrying a 60-ton payload.
Pearl Harbor is the 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. The ship is 609 feet in length, has a beam of 84 feet and displaces approximately 17,000 tons. It has a crew of 23 Officers and 323 Sailors and is equipped to carry 403 Marine troops.
SHIELD: Dark blue and gold are the colors traditionally used by the Navy and symbolize the sea and excellence. The ship is namedfor Pearl Harbor, the site of the Japanese attack from which our Nation 's battle cry "Remember Pearl Harbor" originated. The ship commemorates the heroic actions of both the armedforces and citizens of Oaku on December 7, 1941. The border plats, which suggests pearls, horizontal division of the shield, and the USS Arizona Memorial symbolize Pearl Harbor. The white stars on the light blue field (adapted from the Medal of Honor) honor the sixteen Medal of Honor awards. The gold cross on the dark blue commemorates the fifty-two Cross awards, the largest number of awards for any single engagement in U.S. history. The Polynesian spears suggest ready defense and attack ca- pabilities and recall the heritage of Hawaii.
CREST: The Phoenix, the mythical bird that rose renewed from its own ashes, symbolizes the United States response to the Japanese surprise attack, raising the nation to arms and victory.
SUPPORTERS: The crossed Navy and Marine swords denote strength, cooperation and the ship 's mission to project power ashore by transporting and launching embarked Marines in amphibious craft and helicopters in support of the whole spectrum of amphibious operations.
USS PEARL HARBOR is the first ship to carry the name Pearl Harbor and is named to commemorate the heroic actions of the members of the armed services as well as the citizens of the Island of Oaku during the attack on December 7th, 1941.
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