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  • 26 July 2016
    Training & Education

    Amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) hosted 30 midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy and Naval ROTC units, from June 27 to July 22, as part of the Midshipman Summer Cruise program. The midshipmen joined Makin Island for two weeks in port and two weeks underway to learn about U.S. Navy and Marine […]

  • 7 April 2017
    Training & Education

    Amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), with Marines of the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, arrived in Hong Kong for a scheduled port visit on April 7th. The port visit will allow the Sailors and Marines to experience the local culture and conduct community relations projects. Makin Island’s Commanding Officer, Capt. Mark Melson, […]

  • 22 August 2014
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Airman Juillian R. Sawyer, from Columbus, Ohio, signals to an MV-22 Osprey during flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8).   Makin Island, the flagship of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, is on a scheduled deployment with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU) in the U.S. 7th and […]

  • 29 August 2014
    Authorities

    While Hollywood continues to churn out fictional fantasies about futuristic wars, Special Forces operations or superhero-esque spying organizations, few are capable of capturing the level of difficulty and insurmountable odds of the true story of the raiders of Makin Island.   The modern day military cinema is littered with scenes of such operations, launching a […]

  • 25 April 2014
    Training & Education

    USS Makin Island (LHD 8) completed its Mid-Cycle Inspection (MCI) April 24.Naval sea commands undergo MCI approximately once every two-to-three years to assess the material condition of the ship between Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) inspections, which occur every five years.   “Makin Island is a fairly new big-deck amphibious assault ship and our […]

  • 7 June 2017
    Authorities, Industry news

    The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded General Dynamics a $105.3 million contract for the dry-docking maintenance of Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island. During its phased maintenance availability, Makin Island is set to undergo a combination of maintenance, modernization and repairs. The overhaul will take place in San Diego, California and is expected to be […]

  • 21 August 2014
    Authorities

    Amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), along with the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, arrived in Hong Kong, Aug. 20, for a port visit.   The visit is the first port call for the crew, who departed San Diego July 25 before conducting Marine sustainment training off the coast of Hawaii and participating […]

  • 5 October 2012
    Training & Education

    More than 1,800 Sailors and Marines from the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) serving aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) arrived in San Francisco, Oct. 3 to take part in the 31st Annual San Francisco Fleet Week (SSFW) celebration. SSFW 2012 is scheduled from, Oct. 3-8 and will bring more […]

  • 28 January 2015
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Sailors, Marines and DoD civilians aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) participated in a “crossing the line” ceremony aboard the ship Jan. 23. The ceremony is a time-honored tradition predating the U.S. Navy when a ship crossed the equator and tested new Sailors to determine whether or not the novices on […]

  • 30 April 2014
    Industry news

    The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) was recognized as one of the top Recyclers of the Year during the 2014 City of San Diego Waste Reduction and Recycling Awards ceremony hosted on the flight deck April 29.   The event was sponsored by the City of San Diego Environmental Services Department in […]

  • 2 October 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development

    U.S. Navy and Marine Corps forces in the North Arabian Gulf are conducting a search and rescue operation for a missing aircrew member who went into the water at 2:10 p.m. (GMT), yesterday, when the aircraft the member was aboard lost power on takeoff from USS Makin Island (LHD 8). Two air crewmen bailed out […]

  • 28 May 2012
    Training & Education

    The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), along with the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), arrived in Hong Kong May 25 for a port visit. More than 2,000 Sailors and Marines are expected to go ashore to visit the city and participate in goodwill-generating activities as well as cultural exchanges. “We appreciate […]

  • 13 February 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development

    The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) earned the Retention Excellence Award for fiscal year 2014 by Naval Surfaces Force Pacific in a message received Jan. 15. This year marks the eighth consecutive year Makin Island earned the Retention Excellence Award. The Retention Excellence Award, also known as the Golden Anchor, recognizes commands […]

  • 17 January 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    U.S. Navy’s amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) was alongside Manama, Bahrain, January 9-15, for the ship’s first port visit since entering the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. Makin Island, and its crew of more than 2,400 sailors and marines, visited Bahrain to replenish supplies, perform maintenance and repairs, and take the […]

  • 27 October 2015
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news

    US Navy’s Makin Island (LHD 8) celebrated her 6th commissioning anniversary on October 24 at the San Diego Naval base. The vessel was formally commissioned on the same date in 2009 at Naval Air Station North Island. Although Makin Island is the eighth and last Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, she is the first built with gas […]

  • 8 August 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development

    Amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) has one of the largest medical departments in the fleet aside from the hospital ships USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) and USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), and has acquired some new faces with unique specialties to aid their mission overseas.   Makin Island has added a psychiatrist to their […]

  • 29 December 2014
    Training & Education

    Capt. Jon P. Rodgers relieved Capt. Alvin Holsey as commanding officer of Makin Island. Rodgers becomes the ship’s fifth commanding officer since the ship’s commissioning in 2009. “I’m honored to command USS Makin Island and all who sail in this warship,” said Rodgers. “The awesome performance of this ship and crew during this deployment is […]

  • 16 January 2015
    Authorities

    The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), along with the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), arrived in Singapore Jan. 16 for a scheduled port visit. During the visit, Sailors and Marines will have an opportunity to experience the Singapore culture and take part in a variety of Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) […]

  • 24 November 2016
    Authorities

    Secretary of the U.S. Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus visited sailors and marines assigned to USS Makin Island (LHD 8) and the 11th marine expeditionary unit (MEU) while the ship was pierside in Singapore, November 22. Mabus opened the event with an all-hands call, lauding the sailors and marines aboard Makin Island for a job well […]

  • 22 May 2012
    Training & Education

    Sailors and Marines deployed aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) volunteered their time with children at the Bukit Harapan Therapeutic Community children’s home in Kota Kinabalu, May 19. A group of Makin Island Sailors, along with Marines assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), interacted with children in the home […]

  • 28 December 2011
    Training & Education

    While there certainly wasn’t snow in the forecast for the local climate, Sailors and Marines assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) still showed signs of holiday spirit by celebrating the Christmas holiday in Singapore, Dec. 25. Most Sailors and Marines on liberty celebrated their holiday in Singapore with shopping, seeing […]

  • 25 July 2014
    Authorities

    Nearly 4,000 Sailors and Marines from the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are scheduled to depart San Diego July 25, for a deployment in support of the Navy’s maritime strategy.   The Makin Island ARG is comprised of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), the […]

  • 12 April 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    U.S. Navy’s amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) wrapped up a four-day visit to Hong Kong setting sail from port on April 11. The visit allowed nearly 2,500 sailors and marines assigned to the ship and embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit the opportunity to experience Hong Kong’s culture and engage with the community. The ship hosted […]

  • 22 February 2013
    Training & Education

    A group of 15 Sailors from the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) joined students from Oak Park Elementary School and Music Conservatory in San Diego to celebrate Presidents Day at the school, Feb. 19. Although a day after the actual federal holiday, Makin Island’s ceremonial color guard paraded the colors as other […]

  • 22 January 2014
    Industry news

    The crew of the US Navy’s Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, USS Makin Island (LHD 8) went out to sea to test the ship’s overhauled systems.   Namely, the ship has undergone a 13-month Phased Maintenance Availability (PMA) period, which saw numerous repairs. During the nine-day scheduled sea trials completed on Jan. 17, Makin Island crew […]

  • 17 February 2014

    The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) successfully completed an ammunition onload, Feb 14.   This evolution was an intricate part of the ship’s preparation to become fully operational for deployment. Sailors from weapons department worked around the clock, taking on approximately 878 pallets of conventional ordnance. “I am very proud of each […]

  • 22 December 2011

    The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), along with the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), arrived in Singapore Dec. 21 for a port visit. During the visit, Sailors and Marines will have an opportunity to experience the Singapore culture and take part in a variety of Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) sponsored […]

  • 21 May 2012
    Industry news, Training & Education

    The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), along with the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), arrived in Sepangar, Malaysia May 18, for a port visit. The visit is part of the U.S. Navy’s ongoing commitment to theater security cooperation and partnership with allied navies, and presents an opportunity to promote peace and […]

  • 8 January 2015
    Authorities

    The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), embarked with Amphibious Squadron Five and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) concluded a seven-day port visit in Duqm, Oman Jan. 5, 2015. The visit provided Sailors and Marines the opportunity to experience the culture and hospitality of Oman after 115 days at sea. During the port […]