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USS Juneau (LPD 10)

- decommissioned -

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
Propellers: two
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 CH-46 helicopters.
Crew: Ship: 24 officers, 396 enlisted
Marine Detachment: approx. 900
Armament: two 20mm Phalanx CIWS, two 25mm Mk 38 guns, eight .50-calibre machine guns

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Crew List:

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.

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USS JUNEAU Cruise Books:

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Accidents aboard USS JUNEAU:

May 10, 199710 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.

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USS JUNEAU's Commanding Officers:

February 12, 1969 - November 10, 1970Captain R. R. Monroe
November 10, 1970 - September 2, 1972Captain L. H. Guertin
September 2, 1972 - April 25, 1973Captain R. J. Ryan
April 25, 1973 - September 20, 1974Captain W. H. Meanix
September 20, 1974 - March 27, 1976Captain P. R. Hawkins
March 27, 1976 - April 7, 1978Captain W. A. Walsh
April 7, 1978 - October 23, 1979Captain R. F. Green
October 23, 1979 - September 11, 1981Captain C. R. Flather
September 11, 1981 - July 27, 1983Captain L. P. Blasch
July 27, 1983 - September 6, 1985Captain J. H. Bower
September 6, 1985 - October 31, 1987Captain E. R. Bailey
October 31, 1987 - November 17, 1989Captain T. A. Willandt
November 17, 1989 - November 29, 1990Captain D. S. Gladman
November 29, 1990 - September 10, 1992Captain T. A. Fitzgibbons
September 10, 1992 - June 8, 1994Captain D. L. Ihlenfeld
June 8, 1994 - June 21, 1996Captain T. E. Bugarin
June 21, 1996 - October 24, 1997Captain J. J. Quinn
October 24, 1997 - July 28, 1999Captain A. M. Haefner
July 28, 1999 - October 7, 2000Captain J. W. Miller
October 7, 2000 - January 4, 2002Captain R. H. Henderson, Jr.
January 4, 2002 - May 23, 2003Captain C. A. McCawley
May 23, 2003 - December 1, 2004Captain K. E. O'Flaherty
December 1, 2004 - May 5, 2006Captain R. Horton
May 5, 2006 - August 10, 2007Captain J. D. Alexander
August 10, 2007 - July 10, 2008Captain Kent D. Whalen
July 10, 2008 - October 31, 2008Captain Dennis C. Mikeska

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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.

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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.

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