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  • 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. […]

  • 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 […]

  • 21 February 2019
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    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 […]

  • 20 July 2017
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Training & Education

    USS Essex recently took to sea with a new coat of paint developed by researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) for the exterior topsides of Navy surface ships. Until April of 2017, NRL’s new single-component (1K) polysiloxane coating had only been tested on 400-800 sq.ft. areas of ships due to limited production quantities and […]

  • 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 […]

  • 21 April 2015
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    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

  • 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, […]

  • 17 May 2012
    Industry news

      The amphibious assault vessel USS Essex crashed with USNS Yukon oil tanker yesterday, while returning to San Diego, after completing 12 years as the Navy’s only permanently forward-deployed amphibious assault ship in Sasebo, Japan, the Sacramento Bee reported. As confirmed by a spokesman for the 3rd Fleet, Charlie Brown, the collision took place Wednesday […]

  • 5 June 2015
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    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 […]

  • 2 March 2016
    Authorities, Industry news

    The U.S. Navy’s Southwest Regional Maintenance Center has awarded General Dynamics a contract for the phased maintenance availability (PMA) of USS Essex (LHD-2).  Under the $156,5 million contract, GD will plan and perform depot-level maintenance, alterations, and modifications on the U.S. Navy’s amphibious assault ship. The work will be done at General Dynamics’ San Diego, California, shipyard and is expected […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 26 April 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    US Navy ships from the Essex amphibious ready group (ARG) and marines assigned to 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) started one of the final preparatory exercises ahead of their deployment later this year. The ARGMEUEX, an exercise led by Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 15 and 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Expeditionary Operations Training Group, started off […]

  • 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,” […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 8 July 2011
    Training & Education

      A “maintenance issue” forced the USS Essex back into port Thursday, meaning the ship, its crew and members of the 31st Marine Expeditionary… By Matthew M. Burke (stripes) [mappress] Source: stripes, July 8, 2011;

  • 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 […]

  • 7 April 2015
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Jeff Krawczyk fires a 40mm saluting battery from the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). The operation was carried out while the vessel was sailing in the Pacific Ocean on March 31. Essex is underway participating in a composite training unit exercise with the Essex Amphibious Ready Group. Image: […]

  • 11 March 2015
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Training & Education

    The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) fired a RIM-7 NATO Sea Sparrow Missile (NSSM). The operation was conducted in the Pacific Ocean, on March 9, during a live-fire exercise from the forward launcher aboard the vessel. Essex is underway conducting an amphibious squadron and Marine expeditionary unit integration training exercise with Amphibious Squadron […]

  • 12 November 2015
    Authorities

    Ships from the U.S. Navy’s Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) transited the Straits of Malacca and conducted routine operations in the South China Sea from November 7-10. The ARG’s flagship, the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), conducted the patrol as the amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD 23) and the amphibious dock landing […]

  • 14 August 2015
    Authorities

    The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) transited the Strait of Hormuz and entered the Arabian Gulf Aug. 6. The Strait of Hormuz is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, and freedom of navigation is critical for all vessel movement in and out of the U.S. 5th Fleet area of […]

  • 28 May 2015
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    More than 4,500 Sailors and Marines with the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) May 25, after departing San Diego May 11. The ARG and MEU arrived following an amphibious sustainment training exercise in Hawaii with the amphibious […]

  • 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 […]

  • 2 March 2015
    Authorities, Training & Education

    A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5 begins its final approach into the well deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is underway conducting a training exercise with Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 3 and the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU) in the Pacific Ocean in […]

  • 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 […]

  • 28 September 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    In a milestone for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, a Marine Corps F-35B flying from amphibious assault ship USS Essex carried out its first combat strike. The strike took place on September 27 in the US Central Command area of responsibility in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan. During this mission, the F-35B conducted an air strike in support 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 […]

  • 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 […]