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SHIP ' S CHARACTERISTICS Complement 22 Officers 19 Chief Petty Officers 372 Enlisted Landing Force 34 Officers 20 Non-Commissioned Of- ficers 450 Enlisted Length 609 feet 7 inches Beam 84 feet Draft 19 feet 7 inches Well Deck 440 feet long, 50 feet wide Floodable to 10 feet aft, 6 feet forward Water Barrier 12 feet 3 inches high, 50 feel long Divides Well Deck into forward (dry) and aft (wet) compartments Helicoper Deck Two spots 212 feet long, 83 feet wide Speed 20+ knots Propulsion Four Colt Industries PC2.5V 16 cylinder diesels 33,000 combined shaft horsepower Keel Laid June 10, 1983 Launched February 1. 1986 Commissioned August 8, 1 987 Two five-blade controllable pitch pro- pellers Generators Four Fairbanks-Morse 12 cylinder diesels 1300kw, 2085 amps, 450 volt 3 phase AC Ship ' s Boats Two MK-12 36 foot LCP(L) ' s One 14 foot punt Cranes One 15-ton gantry crane One 20-ton kingpost crane One 60-ton fixed kingpost crane Turntable 36 foot Diameter 360 degree rotation Capable of Handling two M-55 trucks Combat systems AN SPS-49 air search radar AN SPS-67 surface search ra- dar AN SPS-64 surface naviga- tion radar AN SLQ-32 electronic countermea- sures setc MK-36 MOD-6 SRBOC Two MK-15 Mod-1 CIWS Two 25mm Machine guns Six 50 Caliber Machine guns
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-SEW HISTORY OF THE USS FORT MCHENRY (LSD-43) Named for the national monument in Baltimore, Maryland, USS FORT MCHENRY (LSD-43) is the third ship of the Whidbey Island Class Dock Landing Ship. FORT MCHENRY ' s keel was laid down on 10 June 1983 and the ship was launched on 1 February 1986. The Honorable Helen D. Bently was the sponsor for FORT MCHENRY ' s commissioning ceremony which took place in Seat- tle, WA on 9 August 1987. FORT MCHENRY ' s maiden deployment was from June 1988 to December 1988 to the Western Pa- cific. Following her return, FORT MCHENRY participated in the clean up of the Exxon Valdez oil spill by deploying to Prince William Sound from 28 April to 22 June 1989. In recognition of the crew ' s effectiveness during the clean-up operation, FORT MCHENRY was awarded the Meritorious Unity Commendation and the Coast Guard ' s Special Operations Service Ribbon. On 20 June 1990, FORT MCHENRY began her second deployment which was scheduled to be a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific. The Iraqi invasion of Kuwait on 2 August 1990 al- tered the schedule and resulted in a 10-month Desert Shield Storm deployment. Following her re- turn to San Diego on 17 April 1991, FORT MCHENRY was awarded the Navy Unity Commendation Medal, National Defense Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon for the operations conducted in the North Arabian Gulf during Desert Storm. Eight Months after returning from her second deployment, FORT MCHENRY completed an ac- celerated inter-deployment work up schedule and deployed again on 6 January 1992. After several successful multinational exercises and port visits to the North Arabian Gulf, Western and Southern Pacific, FORT MCHENRY returned to San Diego on 6 July 1992. Shortly thereafter, FORT MCHENRY was awarded her second Battle Efficiency Award for overall outstanding performance during the con etitive cycle. Following an extensive overhaul period, FORT MCHENRY began the training cycle to prepare for her next deployment. While in the training cycle, FORT MCHENRY transited to the east coast, through the Panama Canal to pick up five new LCAC from Panama City, Florida. Shortly after her return, she was awarded her third Battle Efficiency Award. At the completion of the training cycle FORT MCHENRY departed on her fourth deployment on 9 June 1994.
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jof fg P ' —Zi-yii W SHIP ' S MISSION United Slates Ship FORT MCHENRY (LSD-43) is the third ship of the LSD-41 (WHIDBEY ISLAND) class. Her mission is to transport United States Marines with their combat equipment to designated areas around the world, and then to launch and support assault landing craft and helicopters during amphibious operations against hos- tile shores. FORT MCHENRY carries the Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC). The LCAC is an assault hovercraft with the ability to exceed 40 knots while carrying a bO-ton payload. Using this craft, FORT MCHENRY forces are able to carry out an amphibious assault against a wider range of beaches. FORT MCHENRY accomplishes her mission through the use of a well deck which is flooded to embark and launch assault craft. After leaving the ship, the assault craft are directed towards the shore by the ship ' s Combat Information Center. To provide continuing support to the assault force, FORT MCHENRY is equipped with the Navy ' s latest ad- vanced technologv including updated communication and combat systems, 20-ton and bO-ton cranes, expanded repair facilities, two helicopter landing areas, complete medical and dental facilities, and an automated computer based supply system.
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