Fort McHenry (LSD 43) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1994

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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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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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EXECUTIVE OFFICER Douglas W. Johnston, Jr. Lieutenant Commander United States Navy Lieutenant Commander Douglas Wayne lohnston, )r. enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1975. He attended Fire Control Technician class " A " school and after a short tour in USS RALEIGH (LPD-1), attended the Navy Academy Preparatory School. He was subsequently appointed to the United States Naval Academv and upon graduation in May 1981, was commissioned an Ensign, United States Navy- Lieutenant Commander lohnston started his career as a Surface Warfare Officer as plank-owner Ordnance Officer in USS REID (FFG-30) and later fleeted up to Combat Information Center Officer. He served Department Head tours as Operations Officer in USS HEPBURN (FF-1055) with a fol- low-on assignment as First Lieutenant in USS VANCOUVER (LPD-2). In December 1987, Lieutenant Commander Johnston earned a Master of Science degree in Meteorology and Oceanography from Naval Postgradu- ate school. Prior to reporting for duty as Executive Officer in USS FORT MCHENRY in June 1994, Lieutenant Commander Johnston served as Ship Operations Officer, Fixed Underseas Surveillance Program Office, Spaces and Naval Warfare Systems Command. Lieutenant Commander Johnston ' s military awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), the Navy Achievement Medal, and a number of campaign and unit awards. Lieutenant Commander lohnston is married to Heidi R. Johnston (nee: Fairhurst) formerly of Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Heidi has a distinguished career as a Youth Minister in various churches and is currently a divinity student. ■ ' i 5 mk.— u ' li ' bs

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