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  • 20 January 2012
    Training & Education

    USS Essex (LHD 2) hosted a lunch for over 100 personnel assigned to the Japan Regional Maintenance Center (JRMC) detachment Sasebo, Jan. 18. The lunch was held to thank the team for their services to Essex during more than 11 forward-deployed years to Sasebo, Japan. Essex Commanding Officer Capt. David Fluker, greeted the JRMC detachment […]

  • 24 June 2015

    Sailors and Marines aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) held a command-wide observance ceremony in honor and support of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, June 22. The observance covered the history of LGBT rights and related civil rights movements. The event was hosted by Essex’s multicultural committee and […]

  • 12 June 2015
    Authorities

    The amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) and the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) departed Hong Kong after completing a five-day port visit, June 10. The visit served as the first port call for Essex, which departed San Diego May 11 for a regularly-scheduled deployment. Essex is currently on a regularly-scheduled deployment with […]

  • 8 May 2017
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news

    U.S. Navy’s Wasp-class multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) returned to sea on May 3 after completing her phased maintenance availability. During this availability, USS Essex (LHD-2) was fitted with equipment needed to deploy the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). Essex is the third big-deck platform to feature the upgrades and will operate the F-35B is […]

  • 16 May 2012

    USS Essex (LHD 2) is returning to San Diego May 17, after completing 12 years as the Navy’s only permanently forward-deployed amphibious assault ship in Sasebo, Japan. The crew of USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) took over Essex April 23. “Essex departed San Diego in 2000, to serve as a forward-deployed asset to 7th Fleet,” […]

  • 9 January 2012
    Authorities, Training & Education

      The chief of Navy chaplains visited forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), Jan. 6. Rear Adm. Mark L. Tidd met with Essex’ Commanding Officer, Capt. David Fluker, and Essex’ Chaplain, Cmdr. James Johnson to discuss the chaplain corps’ role in helping Sailors and Marines live healthy spiritual, physical, and mental lives. “These […]

  • 21 April 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) and the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) conduct maneuverers during a strait transit exercise. The drills were conducted in the Pacific Ocean on April 16. Essex is underway participating in a certification exercise with the Essex Amphibious Group. Image: US Navy

  • 1 December 2011
    Training & Education

    Forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) arrived in Manila, Republic of the Philippines Nov. 30 for a port visit. The port visit will allow Essex Sailors and embarked Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit the opportunity to enjoy some rest and relaxation and allow them to experience the Philippine culture. “The Sailors […]

  • 25 November 2011
    Training & Education

    Sailors and Marines aboard forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex came together to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday at sea Nov. 24. The holiday began with a turkey trot 5k fun run around the flight deck, hosted by the ship’s morale, welfare and recreation department. “It’s a traditional fun run to bring a little of home […]

  • 21 February 2019
    Authorities

    Ships from the US Navy’s Essex amphibious ready group (ARG) assembled around Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) paid a two-day visit to Pearl Harbor on February 18. Transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23), amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47), USS Essex and the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) visited […]

  • 2 January 2012
    Authorities

    The Republic of Korea consulate general and the principal officer U.S. Consulate Fukuoka visited forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), Dec. 29. ROK Consulate General Cho Jung-Won and Principle Officer U.S. Consulate Fukuoka Jason R. Cubas toured Command Fleet Activities Sasebo (CFAS) and later toured Essex after expressing an interest in seeing the […]

  • 11 May 2015
    Authorities, Training & Education

    More than 4,500 Sailors and Marines from the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are scheduled to depart San Diego today, May 11, for a deployment in support of the Navy’s maritime strategy. The Essex ARG is comprised of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), the command ship […]

  • 9 April 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    The Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) successfully completed a two-week Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) April 1 off the coast of Southern California. COMPTUEX is the second of three integrated-training events within the Essex ARG and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) training cycle. The ARG/MEU team completed the first phase known as PHIBRON-MEU Integrated Training […]

  • 6 April 2018
    Training & Education

    US Navy ships from the Essex amphibious ready group (ARG) have completed the first series of integration exercises with 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) during amphibious squadron (PHIBRON)-MEU Integrated Training (PMINT) off the coast of Southern California. Participating units honed their abilities to plan and conduct exercises in maritime security operations, crisis response capability and forward naval […]

  • 5 June 2015
    Authorities

    The amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) anchored in Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong, for a scheduled port visit June 5. More than 3,000 Sailors and Marines embarked on Essex will represent the U.S. Navy as ambassadors, as they create friendships and goodwill with the people of Hong Kong. USS Essex is part of the […]

  • 4 October 2011
    Training & Education

      Forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) departed Okinawa, Japan Oct. 1, to commence a patrol of the Western Pacific region after embarking elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). Germantown will conduct amphibious integration training (AIT) exercises as part of the forward-deployed Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) during the patrol. […]

  • 1 July 2011
    Training & Education

      Amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) onloaded 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) ground elements at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, Japan, before getting underway to embark aircraft from the MEU’s Aviation Combat Element (ACE), June 29. The fly-on of the remaining 12 aircraft from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 265, marks the final […]

  • 30 April 2014
    Industry news

    Amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) departed Naval Base San Diego April 28 for the first time in almost two years to conduct sea trials after completion of a historic 20-month Dry-Dock Planned Maintenance Availability (DPMA).   The “Iron Gator” received more than $200 million worth of DPMA related repairs and upgrades including complete […]

  • 23 March 2015
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Marines assigned to Marine Recon Force Detachment enter the well deck of Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) after conducting combat rubber raiding craft (CRRC) raiding practice. Essex is underway participating in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) with the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) in the Pacific Ocean. Essex ARG is comprised […]

  • 30 May 2014
    Authorities

    A change of command ceremony was held aboard USS Essex (LHD 2), May 28 where Capt. Peter M. Mantz relieved Capt. Joker L. Jenkins as Essex’s commanding officer.   “You have worked together time and time again to achieve and exceed our command goals under challenging conditions,” said Jenkins. “You have all proven yourselves as […]

  • 25 January 2019
    Authorities

    US Navy’s Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) arrived in Phuket, Thailand, for a port visit on January 24. Essex arrived in Thailand with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) after almost five weeks at sea. “Our sailors and marines have been working tirelessly throughout the deployment, and this port visit gives […]

  • 9 December 2011
    Training & Education

    The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) returned to Sasebo, Japan Dec. 8 after completing a two-and-a-half month patrol of the Western Pacific. Throughout the patrol, Essex Sailors along with the embarked Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) participated in two exercises and steamed more than 13,000 nautical miles. One of […]

  • 12 March 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development

    The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) was awarded the San Diego Military Advisory Council Achievement (SDMAC) Award and Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Afloat Environmental Award January 2015. The awards covered Essex’s achievements in the areas of volunteerism and environmentalism throughout the calendar year of 2014 and were submitted for consideration December […]

  • 20 October 2015
    Authorities

    Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) conducted a change-of-command ceremony at-sea, Oct. 17. Capt. Brian Quin relieved Capt. Pete Mantz during a ‘flight lead change’ conducted. Mantz took command of Essex on May 28, 2014, following a successful tour as the ship’s executive officer, and commanded Essex through an extensive maintenance availability period […]

  • 1 November 2015
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) departed the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO) Nov. 1. While on station in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOO, the ARG and MEU supported theater security cooperation efforts and provided a forward naval presence with crisis response, humanitarian assistance and […]

  • 14 August 2018
    Authorities

    The US Navy has called off the search for a Marine who was reported missing from amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) on August 9. The Marine, assigned to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked aboard USS Essex, is presumed dead after the US Navy announced the end of search and rescue efforts on Tuesday. […]

  • 21 June 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The U.S. Navy’s Wasp-class multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) departed her homeport of San Diego, June 19 to recertify the ship after its maintenance availability. Essex has undergone more than a year of planned maintenance availability and is now testing its systems to return it to war-fighting condition. “While operating off the […]

  • 5 June 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    Sailors aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) completed a massive 10-day firearms qualification course June 2. More than 150 Sailors attended the small-arms fire courses held by shipboard gunner’s mates. The training course consisted of an eight-hour classroom session in addition to regular three-hour sessions throughout the week. According to Chief […]

  • 20 June 2012
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The commanding officer of USS Essex (LHD 2) was relieved of command June 18, by Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 3, Rear Adm. Gerard Hueber, due to loss of confidence in his ability to command. Capt. Chuck Litchfield was relieved based on the findings of an investigation that was convened by Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 3, […]