USS Iwo Jima LHD7
On June 10,1997, the Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton announced in front of the Iwo Jima Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery the the newest amphibious warship will be named USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7), the seventh ship of the Wasp class.
April 25-May 1 - Participated in Fleet Week Port Everglades 2011 including Florida Marlins game April 26.
November 29 – Conducted composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) with 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, and the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group.
May 25-June 1 - Participated in New York City Fleet week and completed a community relations project at Lake Cemetery in Staten Island May 27.
Feb. 24 – Announced as Battle “E” award winner by Naval Surface Forces
Feb. 28 - Capt. Grady Banister relieved Capt. Thomas Chassee as commanding officer.
March 27 – Deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group with Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit supporting maritime security operations and security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility
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Awards & Medals
Class and type
Airframe Missile systems, Phalanx CIWS, 25
mm Mk 38 cannons, .50-cal machine guns
Aircraft carriedMix of 30 helicopters,
6–8 AV/ 8B Harrier II
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March 28 - named 2011 Chief of Naval Operation (CNO) Safety Award winner (2nd consecutive year)
April - participating in Exercise African Lion 2012, a bi-lateral exercise between U.S. and Moroccan forces in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
April 11 - An MV-22 from VMM-261 crashed near Agadir, Morocco, during a joint training exercise after taking off from USS Iwo Jima. Two US Marine crew chiefs were killed and the two pilots were seriously injured.
May - participating in Exercise Eager Lion 2012. Eager Lion is designed to strengthen military-to-military relationships through a joint, multinational approach to meet current and
future complex national security challenges, including 19 countries from five different continents and more than 11,000 participants.
November – Visits Rota, Spain for a port visit.
December 18-20 – The Iwo Jima ARG, comprised of amphibious dock-landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21), Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 8, Tactical Air Control Squadron 21, Fleet Surgical Team 4, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 22, and Naval Beach Group, which includes Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 2, ACU 4 and Beachmaster Unit 2, return home from deployment.
The Iwo Jima ARG and 24th MEU participated in bilateral exercises and operations in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet AORs to include African Lion 2012 with the Moroccan military, Eager Lion 2012 with the Jordanian navy and the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise 2012 with more than 30 international partners.
The Iwo Jima ARG/24th MEU team steamed more than 55,000 nautical miles, conducted more than 2,800 flight sorties, logged more than 4,800 flight hours and performed more than 300 small boat operations.
August 17 - IWO Jima arrives at its new homeport of Mayport, Florida.
December 9 – Capt. Dana Gordon assumes command from Capt. James E. McGovern
December 9 – Departs for deployments as part of Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group/24th Marine Expeditionary Unit in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.
December 25 – Sailors & Marines receive phone calls from President Barack Obama
March – Makes a port visit in Duqm, Oman
July 19 – Returns to Naval Station Mayport.
January – MLK Day celebration
March – 1st - Received the Admiral Flatley Memorial Award for FY 2015, it is awarded to recognize the CVN and LHA or LHD ships with embarked CVW or MAGTF, which surpass all competitors in overall contributions to safety. These teams are selected based on operational readiness and excellence, and an exceptional safety program and record.
Winners for FY 2015 Admiral Flatley Memorial Award are: USS GEORGE WASHINGTON & CVW-2
USS IWO JIMA & 24TH MEU Won the Battle Effectiveness Award!
March XX – CSSN Tyler won Junior Culinary Award Gold Metal