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USS Carter Hall (LSD-50) is a Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship of the United States Navy. She was the second Navy ship to be named for Carter Hallmarker, an estate near Winchester, Virginiamarker, built in the 1790s.

Carter Hall was laid down on 11 November 1991, by the Avondale Shipyardsmarker, New Orleans, La.marker; launched on 2 October 1993; and commissioned on 30 September 1995.

As of 2008, Carter Hall, is homeported at NAB Little Creekmarker, Virginiamarker, and assigned to Amphibious Squadron Six.

Carter Hall and her plankowner crew departed on their first six-month Mediterraneanmarker deployment on 29 April 1997.

Her crew completed a UNITAS/WATC Deployment from 24 July 1999 until 15 December 1999.

In 2001, the Carter Hall deployed to the Mediterranean from 15 April to 15 October 2001.

The mission of the Landing Ship Dock (LSD) is to transport and launch amphibious craft, vehicles, crews and embarked personnel in an amphibious assault. An LSD can also render limited docking and repair service to small ships and craft, and act as the Primary Control Ship (PCS) during amphibious assaults.

Carter Hall is a Cargo Variant (CV) of the Whidbey Island-class. A significant difference between the two classes is that Carter Hall's well deck has been shortened from 440 feet (134 m) to 180 feet (55 m). This provides [[United States Marine Corps|Marines]] with added vehicle and cargo storage areas. The well deck can hold two Landing Craft Air Cushions ([[LCAC]]) and a variety of [[landing craft]] and tracked [[amphibious assault vehicle]]s. ''Carter Hall'''s two-spot flight deck can land and service any helicopter in the Navy and Marine Corps inventory.

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On 2 June 2007, the Carter Hall engaged pirates after they boarded the Danishmarker ship Danica White off the coast of Somaliamarker. She destroyed three small boats being towed behind the captured vessel, but was unable to pursue after the vessel entered Somalian waters.


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