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USS Germantown (LSD 42)

USS GERMANTOWN is the second WHIDBEY ISLAND class dock landing ship and the first ship in her class to serve in the Pacific.

On September 1, 2002, USS HARPERS FERRY relieved USS GERMANTOWN as a forward deployed naval unit in Sasebo, Japan. GERMANTOWN returned to San Diego, Ca., where she underwent a $20 million overhaul. In 2011, GERMANTOWN again shifted her homeport to Sasebo, releasing the HARPERS FERRY for departure to San Diego.

General Characteristics:Keel laid: August 5, 1982
Launched: June 29, 1984
Commissioned: February 8, 1986
Builder: Lockheed Shipbuilding, Seattle, Wash.
Propulsion system: four Colt Industries 16 Cylinder Diesels
Propellers: two
Length: 610 feet (186 meters)
Beam: 84 feet (25.6 meters)
Draft: 21 feet (6.4 meters)
Displacement: approx. 16,000 tons full load
Speed: 22 knots
Well deck capacity: four LCAC or 21 LCM-6 (on deck: one LCM-6, two LCPL and one LCVP)
Aircraft: none, but two landing spots allow for operation of aircraft as large as the CH-53E
Crew: Ship: 20 Officers, 25 Chief Petty Officers, 302 Enlisted
Marine Detachment: approx. 400 + approx. 100 surge
Armament: two 20mm Phalanx CIWS, two 25mm Mk-38 guns, six .50-calibre Machine guns, two Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) systems
Cost: $304 million
Homeport: Sasebo, Japan


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Crew List:

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


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USS GERMANTOWN Cruise Books:


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About the Ship’s Name:

USS GERMANTOWN is named after the historical Pennsylvania district of Germantown.

Now a residential section of Philadelphia, Germantown was founded in 1683. It was the site of an important battle of the American War for Independence fought on 4 October 1777 between the forces of General George Washington and General Sir William Howe. On the morning of the battle amidst dense fog, the forces of Washington repelled 9000 of Howe's troops. The Americans, however, were forced to retreat when the British ranks reformed and were reinforced.

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Short history of USS GERMANTOWN:

Ordered on March 26, 1982, USS GERMANTOWN was commissioned on February 8, 1986.

The ship played a significant role during OPERATION DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. The ship was in the Arabian Gulf for the entire operation and deployed for a total of nine months. GERMANTOWN departed San Diego en route to the Gulf on 1 December 1990 as part of the largest Amphibious Task Force (18 ships) to leave the West Coast since 1965. The ship participated in mock amphibious assaults in the United Arab Emirates after the start of the air war in preparation for a possible amphibious assault.

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The photos below were taken by me and show the GERMANTOWN at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on March 23, 2010.



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