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USS Wasp (LHD 1)

USS WASP is the lead ship of the Navy's first class of multi-purpose amphibious assault ships. This class consists of the biggest amphibious vessels ever built. USS WASP is the tenth ship in the Navy to bear the name.

General Characteristics:Keel Laid: May 30, 1985
Launched: August 4, 1987
Commissioned: July 6, 1989
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding , West Bank, Pascagoula, Miss.
Propulsion system: two boilers, two geared turbines
Propellers: two
Aircraft elevators: two
Length: 840 feet (256 meters)
Flight Deck Width: 140 feet (42.6 meters)
Beam: 106 feet (32,.3 meters)
Draft: 26,5 feet (8.1 meters)
Displacement: approx. 40,500 tons full load
Speed: 23 knots
Aircraft: (depends upon mission)
6 AV-8B Harrier attack planesor6 AV-8B Harrier attack planes
4 AH-1W Super Cobra attack helis12 CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters
12 CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters9 CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters
9 CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters
4 UH-1N Huey helicopters
Assault:orSea Control:
42 CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters20 AV-8B Harrier attack planes
6 ASW helicopters
Crew: Ship: 73 officers, 1,009 enlisted     Marine Detachment: 1,894
Armament: two Mk-29 NATO Sea Sparrow launchers, two 20mm Phalanx CIWS, eight Mk-33 .50 cal. machine guns, two Rolling Airframe Missile Systems
Cost: approx. $822 million
Homeport: Norfolk, VA


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS WASP. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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USS WASP Cruise Books:


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Accidents aboard USS WASP:

DateWhereEvents
April 20, 1993off southern SomaliaThe WASP run aground when the ship scraped its keel and propeller on a charted reef approximately 3.5 miles from shore. There were no injuries to the crew and the ship continued on its assigned mission.
Following the incident the ships's CO and the navigator were relieved.
March 29, 1995 USS WASP collided with the Fast Combat Support Ship USS SEATTLE (AOE 3).


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USS WASP Patch Gallery:

MED Cruise 1993


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The photo below was taken by Karl-Heinz Ahles when USS WASP was inport Norfolk, Va., May 11, 1999.



The photos below were taken by me and show the USS WASP at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on October 27 (first photo) and October 29, 2010.



The photos below were taken by me and show the USS WASP at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on May 6, 2012.



The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the USS WASP at BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair during a Drydocking Phased Maintenance Availability (DPMA). The photos were taken on May 8, 2014.



The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the USS WASP at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on October 23, 2014.



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