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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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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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OFilMR. • » - CHARLES FERGUSON WEBBER Commander United States Navy Commander Charles Ferguson Webber is the son of Commander and Mrs. John T. Webber. He attended Shorecrest High School in Seattle, Washington and is a graduate of the University of Washington. He was commissioned an ensign in the United States Naval Reser ' e in February 1975 after completing Aviation Officer Candidate School, and augmented to the regular Navy in 1983. Commander Webber began his sea-going ca- reer with a variety of division officer and department head lours in USS MOUNT HOOD (AE-29). Subsequently, he was plank-owner Engineer in USS LEWIS B. PULLER (FFG-23), and Executive Officer in USS JUNEAU (LPD-10). Commander Webber ' s previous assignments ashore have been the Commanding Officer Flag Allowance Flag Secretary to Commander Third Fleet and the Amphibious Resource Sponsor in the officer of the Chief of Naval Operations. He reported to USS FORT MCHENRY (LSD-43) from duty as the Navy Aide to the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Commander Webber assumed command of USS FORT MCHENRY on June 9, 1993. Commander Webber has received the Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, the Navy Commendation Medal with two gold stars, and the Navy Achievement Medal. Commander Webber is married to Lieutenant Commander Diane Elizabeth Hopkins Webber, USN, formerly of St. Clair, Missouri, who is Offic- er-in-Charge of the Communications Material Issuing Office, San Diego. They have two daughters, Emily Elizabeth and Frances Yvonne, and a son, James Hopkins, and reside in Coronado, California.
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