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USS Bataan (LHD-5) is a commissioned in 1997. LHD-5 is named to honor the heroic defense of the Bataan Peninsulamarker on the western side of Manila Baymarker in the Philippinesmarker during the early days of US involvement in World War II.

Christening

Ship's Sponsor, Linda Sloan Mundy, wife of former Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Carl E. Mundy, Jr., christened the new ship "in the name of the United States and in honor of the heroic defenders of Bataan." at Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoulamarker, Mississippimarker. More than 100 members of veterans groups associated with the defense of Bataan and the subsequent infamous "Death March", the Battle of Corregidor, and the aircraft carrier were at the christening ceremony.

Iraq War

The Bataan was one of many vessels in the Middle East region at the beginning of the Iraq war on or about 20 March 2003. After delivering her attack and transport helicopters, troops, and vehicles she was employed as a "Harrier Carrier" with primary duties supporting two Marine AV-8B Harrier II Squadrons along with USS Bonhomme Richard . She has made two deployments to the region since the invasion. For her third deployment, she joined the Fifth Fleet in the Gulf region, transiting the Suez canal into the Red Sea on 30 January 2007.

Hurricane Katrina

Bataan provided relief to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. She was positioned near New Orleansmarker prior to Katrina making landfall, and began relief operations on 30 August. The ship's helicopters were among the first to provide damage assessment. They went on to transport over 1600 displaced persons. Bataan delivered more than 100,000 pounds (45 metric tons) of cargo and 8000 U.S. gallons (30,000 liters) of fresh water to the area. The ship served as a base for two fly-away medical teams, consisting of 84 medical professionals, who provided emergency medical care in New Orleans.

V-22 Osprey

The Bataan served as a naval testbed for evaluation of the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft in September 2005. This work included OPEVAL II operational and live fire tests and was accomplished with a total of eight Ospreys.

In 2009, the Bataan became the first Navy ship to host an operational squadron of V-22 rotorcraft when she embarked ten Ospreys of the VMM-263.

Hurricane Gustav

Early in September 2008, Bataan participated in the HURREX exercise where the U.S. Second Fleet directed tests designed to evaluate the ship's ability to respond to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief needs during the 2008 hurricane season. She was ordered to be prepared to deploy in the event that the Navy is directed to provide assistance to civilian authorities after Hurricane Gustav came ashore.

Gallery

Image:LCAC enter in the USS Bataan.jpg|A LCAC entering in USS Bataan during the Hurrex exerciseImage:USS Bataan Lisbon.jpg|USS Bataan in the port of Lisbonmarker, summer 2003.Image:LCU 1656 USS Bataan (LHD 5) August 31, 2005.jpg|LCU 1656 leaves the Bataan during Hurricane Katrina efforts off the Louisiana coast.

See also



References

  1. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_pnav/is_200303/ai_499748219
  2. http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htairmo/articles/20090422.aspx
  3. "Navy Flexes to Support Hurricane Gustav Recovery Efforts", Story Number: NNS080901-03.


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