USS JUNEAU was the 7th ship in the AUSTIN - class of Amphibious Transport Docks and the third ship in the Navy to bear the name. Last homeported at Sasebo, Japan, the JUNEAU was decommissioned at Naval Base San Diego on October 31, 2008. The ship is now laid-up at Pearl Harbor, Hi., awaiting final disposal.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: May 23, 1963|
|Keel laid: January 23, 1965|
|Launched: February 12, 1966|
|Commissioned: July 12, 1969|
|Decommissioned: October 31, 2008|
|Builder: Lockheed Shipbuilding Co., Seattle, Wash.|
|Propulsion system: two boilers, two steam turbines|
|Length: 569 feet (173.4 meters)|
|Beam: 105 feet (32 meters)|
|Draft: 23 feet (7 meters)|
|ballasted: 34 feet (10.4 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 16,900 tons|
|Speed: 21 knots|
|Well deck capacity: one LCAC or one LCU or four LCM-8 or nine LCM-6 or 24 amphibious assault vehicles (AAV)|
|Aircraft: none, but telescopic hangar installed aboard. The hangar is not used to accommodate helicopters but on the flight deck there is space for up to six |
|Crew: Ship: 24 officers, 396 enlisted|
|Marine Detachment: approx. 900|
|Armament: two |
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS JUNEAU. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USS JUNEAU Cruise Books:
Accidents aboard USS JUNEAU:
|May 10, 1997||10 miles off Camp Pendleton, Ca.||A CH-46 helicopter crashed into the Pacific Ocean minutes after take-off from USS JUNEAU killing all four Marines aboard. A search for the four was called off the following day after pieces of wreckage from the CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter started to wash up on nearby beaches.|
The aircraft and its crew were part of a joint exercise between Marine forces from El Toro and a squadron from Camp Pendleton.
USS JUNEAU's Commanding Officers:
|February 12, 1969 - November 10, 1970||Captain R. R. Monroe|
|November 10, 1970 - September 2, 1972||Captain L. H. Guertin|
|September 2, 1972 - April 25, 1973||Captain R. J. Ryan|
|April 25, 1973 - September 20, 1974||Captain W. H. Meanix|
|September 20, 1974 - March 27, 1976||Captain P. R. Hawkins|
|March 27, 1976 - April 7, 1978||Captain W. A. Walsh|
|April 7, 1978 - October 23, 1979||Captain R. F. Green|
|October 23, 1979 - September 11, 1981||Captain C. R. Flather|
|September 11, 1981 - July 27, 1983||Captain L. P. Blasch|
|July 27, 1983 - September 6, 1985||Captain J. H. Bower|
|September 6, 1985 - October 31, 1987||Captain E. R. Bailey|
|October 31, 1987 - November 17, 1989||Captain T. A. Willandt|
|November 17, 1989 - November 29, 1990||Captain D. S. Gladman|
|November 29, 1990 - September 10, 1992||Captain T. A. Fitzgibbons|
|September 10, 1992 - June 8, 1994||Captain D. L. Ihlenfeld|
|June 8, 1994 - June 21, 1996||Captain T. E. Bugarin|
|June 21, 1996 - October 24, 1997||Captain J. J. Quinn|
|October 24, 1997 - July 28, 1999||Captain A. M. Haefner|
|July 28, 1999 - October 7, 2000||Captain J. W. Miller|
|October 7, 2000 - January 4, 2002||Captain R. H. Henderson, Jr.|
|January 4, 2002 - May 23, 2003||Captain C. A. McCawley|
|May 23, 2003 - December 1, 2004||Captain K. E. O'Flaherty|
|December 1, 2004 - May 5, 2006||Captain R. Horton|
|May 5, 2006 - August 10, 2007||Captain J. D. Alexander|
|August 10, 2007 - July 10, 2008||Captain Kent D. Whalen|
|July 10, 2008 - October 31, 2008||Captain Dennis C. Mikeska|
USS JUNEAU History:
Named for the capital of Alaska, USS JUNEAU's keel was laid on 23 January 1965 by Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company in Seattle, Washington. The "Mighty J" was launched on 12 February 1966 with Mrs.William A. Egan, wife of the governor of Alaska, as a sponsor. Commissioned on 12 July 1969,USS JUNEAU went right to work patrolling the high seas.
JUNEAU ventured into Vietnamese waters eight times during the 1970's on five different deployments. The "Mighty J" showed its prowess early earning five battle stars for efforts during the Vietnam War. The first AV-8B Harrier landing on a Pacific Fleet LPD was conducted by JUNEAU in February 1976.
The 1980's were even busier for JUNEAU with seven full deployments. She was the first Naval Vessel on station after the EXXON VALDEZ oil spill in April of 1989. She provided logistical support and assumed the duties of command and control ship for Joint Task Force Alaska.
During the escalade in the Persian Gulf in 1990, JUNEAU joined 12 ships of Amphibious Group Three in Operation Desert Storm. This was the largest amphibious task force since the United Nations assault on Inchon, North Korea. In May 1991, The "Mighty J" provided relief after a cyclone in Bangladesh as part of Operation Sea Angel. JUNEAU also supported Operation Restore Hope in Somalia with the aid of embarked Marines.
In 1999, JUNEAU participated in the first ship swap of the U.S. Navy with sister ship USS DUBUQUE (LPD 8). The crew of JUNEAU swapped with the crew of the DUBUQUE as the JUNEAU switched its homeport to Sasebo, Japan. The crews stayed in the same port and the ships swapped out. In 1999, JUNEAU has become America’s 911 LPD with deployments to the Gulf and patrols throughout Asia.
In 2008, JUNEAU participated in a second Hull Swap when she was relieved by the USS DENVER (LPD 9). The crew of JUNEAU swapped with the crew of DENVER as the JUNEAU crew stayed Forward Deployed in Sasebo, Japan, the DENVER crew headed back to San Diego, CA to commence inactivation. On the journey back east JUNEAU made a port call in her namesake city to participate in Alaska's 50th Anniversary Celebration.
USS JUNEAU was decommissioned on 31 October 2008 at Naval Base San Diego, Calif.
USS JUNEAU Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me and show the JUNEAU laid-up at Pearl Harbor, Hi., on March 20, 2010.
The photos below were taken by Sebastian Thoma and show the decommissioned JUNEAU laid up alongside her sistership CLEVELAND (LPD 7) at Pearl Harbor, Hi., on March 18, 2022.