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USS Belleau Wood LHA-3 Sail For The Final Time.  
User currently offline747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3758 posts, RR: 2
Posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4385 times:

Today the amiphlbeus assaut ship USS Belleau Wood LHA-3 which, has carry many of marries Harrier/ Helicopter and LCAC, took it's last voyage. It pull into San Diego today with a S-3 Sea King flying around her so it could take photos of the crew manning the 800 foot long flight deck. The USS Belleau Wood was the first amiphb base in Japan. It was part of the biggest hull swap in US Navy history when it swap homeport from Japan to San Diego with the USS Essex LHD-2. This ship has played it's part in marries aviation. This ship was also feature as Antone ship in the movie Antone Fisher.


The Belleau Wood will be decommission this fall, And I am glad I had a chance to serve on her.

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User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4271 times:

So it is going to be mathballed up in Bremerton? I'd assume it will be, that's where most boats go.

DeltaGuy


User currently offlineJ.mo From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 666 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4247 times:

We worked with the Belleau Wood in the early 90's. I was on the USS Arkansas (CGN-41) and we used to always be near San Dog screwing around.

Ahhh, good times!   

JM

[Edited 2005-07-13 03:27:33]


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User currently offline747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3758 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4143 times:

It is not going to Bremerton, it is going to used as a target, brown up and sunk to the bottom of the ocean.

User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2124 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4143 times:

Quoting 747400sp (Reply 3):
It is not going to Bremerton, it is going to used as a target, brown up and sunk to the bottom of the ocean.

I hate when they brown up a beautiful ship...

 Smile



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User currently offlinePSAjet17 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 342 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 4065 times:

My father was the Master Chief of the Command on the USS New Orleans (LPH-11) when the Tarawa (LHA-1) first reported to San Diego. My mother had just taken over as ombudsman for the New Orleans. The Admiral met on a monthly basis with the ombudsman for the Amphibious Fleet. They decided to meet on the Tarawa to show it's capabilities off. They were all in the officers' mess and a video was playing describing Tarawa and just when they came to the part that mentioned that it's generators put out enough electricity to supply over 10,000 houses, everything went off. No lights, no video. You can imagine how the Admiral felt at this point.

User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4034 times:

Quoting 747400sp (Reply 3):
It is not going to Bremerton, it is going to used as a target, brown up and sunk to the bottom of the ocean

Unfortunately that's probably true...so is the fate of many ships for the forseeable future.

Quoting J.mo (Reply 2):
I was on the USS Arkansas (CGN-41)

I remember seeing her being cut up into razor blades at Bremerton back in 98-ish  Sad Sad to see that whole nuke fleet go away.

DeltaGuy


User currently offlineCadet985 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1672 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4027 times:

The Navy is in very sorry shape. Each year, more and more ships are decommissioned, and they're not replaced. I can't find official figures, but I'd be willing to bet that the US Navy is no longer the world's largest. I'd guess that title now belongs to China or Russia.

User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5426 posts, RR: 52
Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4022 times:

Quoting Cadet985 (Reply 7):
but I'd be willing to bet that the US Navy is no longer the world's largest. I'd guess that title now belongs to China or Russia.

Not by a longshot.



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User currently offlineWoodreau From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1053 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4021 times:

Quoting Cadet985 (Reply 7):
but I'd be willing to bet that the US Navy is no longer the world's largest.

True, the US Army's got the largest navy in the world, more boats in the Army than the Navy has ships  Smile



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User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3998 times:

She will be replaced by a new LHD. We will more than likely keep her in reserve for the immediate future, then see what her final disposition will be. I think the British ought to buy it instead of building new carriers. It'll hold all the JSFs they want and it will act as an assault carrier.

Speaking about ships being put out to pasture, I just saw one of the last FFGs (#52) in the fleet down in Savannah after the 4th of July weekend. It had the forward Mk 13 launcher removed, and no RAM launcher in its place. It looked like someone replaced the mechanism with a Sea Sparrow launcher.

Quoting Cadet985 (Reply 7):
The Navy is in very sorry shape. Each year, more and more ships are decommissioned, and they're not replaced. I can't find official figures, but I'd be willing to bet that the US Navy is no longer the world's largest. I'd guess that title now belongs to China or Russia.

The US Navy is still, and will be for the foreseeable future the most powerful navy in the entire world. As a matter of fact it could almost undoubtedly clear the seas of any traffic it did not wish to have on the open ocean. The only navies that could even band together to challenge the USN would be all the nuclear navies of Europe (our allies) and the Russians if they could get all their vessels working and manned.



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User currently offlineAnt72LBA From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 414 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3960 times:

The perceived "weakness" of the US Navy is down solely to the complete absence of an "enemy". I'd rather suspect that the British and French Navies are the 2nd and 3rd most powerful (in terms of effectiveness rather than absolute numbers) in the world (in no order) and more likely to assist than resist the USN.

User currently offlineN328KF From United States of America, joined May 2004, 6491 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3935 times:

Quoting Cadet985 (Reply 7):
The Navy is in very sorry shape. Each year, more and more ships are decommissioned, and they're not replaced. I can't find official figures, but I'd be willing to bet that the US Navy is no longer the world's largest. I'd guess that title now belongs to China or Russia.

This is an overly pessimistic, and misinformed assessment. The PLAN and Russian Navy are much smaller and less powerful. The U.S. Navy is huge in comparison, mostly because it has to cover more ground. And the Navy commissions new ships every year, particularly DDG-51 Flight IIs.

-JPH



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User currently offlineN1641 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 220 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3924 times:

wierd my brother is on the Belleau Wood, you'd think I would have heard of this earlier

User currently offlineKentblair From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3906 times:

I sailed aboard the Belleau Wood Jan-Jun 1989. We had a great deployment, I was a jarhead Huey pilot . I'm hoping to upload some pictures soon, but for grins, here's a pic shot from the USS Duluth. Waaaaaaay out on the horizon is "Mother"

http://www.myaviation.net/search/photo_search.php?id=00402854#

"Clark"



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