USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41)

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In honor of #pridemonth2021 Culinary Specialist Third Class Taylor-Handy baked a cake and rainbow cupcakes from scratch ...
06/10/2021

In honor of #pridemonth2021 Culinary Specialist Third Class Taylor-Handy baked a cake and rainbow cupcakes from scratch for the crew to enjoy during lunch.

In honor of #pridemonth2021 Culinary Specialist Third Class Taylor-Handy baked a cake and rainbow cupcakes from scratch for the crew to enjoy during lunch.

Today, sailors onboard the USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD 41) participated in a command wide safety stand-down. This morning, a...
06/08/2021

Today, sailors onboard the USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD 41) participated in a command wide safety stand-down. This morning, at our all-hands call, guest speaker Lieutenant Commander Bayer, from Fleet Surgical Team Two, talked about cognitive reframing, problem solving, and resiliency techniques. He then met with several groups, of all ranks, to put those cognitive skills into practice.

(U.S. Navy Photos by Quartermaster Third Class Jenny Figueroa/ 08 June, 2021)

Photos from Office of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy's post
06/07/2021

Photos from Office of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy's post

Operation Overlord: Invasion of Normandy
06/06/2021
Operation Overlord: Invasion of Normandy

Operation Overlord: Invasion of Normandy

At First Light... At dawn on 6 June, nearly 7,000 U.S. and British ships and craft carrying close to 160,000 troops lay off the Normandy beaches, surprising German commanders, who had overestimated the adverse weather’s impact and were also expecting landings to the northeast, in the Pas-de-Calais...

Congratulations to newly promoted Lieutenant Junior Grade Park! LTJG Park is currently a part of our deck department.#wh...
06/03/2021

Congratulations to newly promoted Lieutenant Junior Grade Park! LTJG Park is currently a part of our deck department.

#whidbeywarrior

From Culinary Specialist Third Class ➡️ to Aviation Ordnanceman Third Class, congratulations to our very own #WhidbeyWar...
06/01/2021

From Culinary Specialist Third Class ➡️ to Aviation Ordnanceman Third Class, congratulations to our very own #WhidbeyWarrior, AO3 Coney, on his re-enlistment.

(U.S. Navy Photos by Ensign Drew Hendricks/01 June, 2021)

#pridemonth2021
06/01/2021

#pridemonth2021

June is designated as #LGBTQ Pride Month to commemorate the members of the LGBTQ community who are part of the legacy of our nation and our Navy, and to recognize the contributions that the LGBTQ community has made to the defense of our country.

Since the repeal of DoD’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in 2010, homosexual service members have served openly, with honor and integrity in the U.S. Armed Forces. Further, veterans discharged under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy can now apply for a discharge upgrade.

Timeline Photos
05/31/2021

Timeline Photos

Today. Forget the sales. Resist the urge to wish anyone a "happy" #MemorialDay. Today isn't THAT day.

Today, is a day set aside each year to #RemembertheFallen. To honor them through memory and continuing service to our nation; and to each other.

Rest well, shipmates. We have the watch.

📸: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Natalie M. Byers

05/31/2021
Taps

The playing of “Taps” is played as a final call in the evenings on military installations signaling “lights out” but most importantly, it’s played as a final melody for our fallen brothers and sisters as we lay them to rest. Fair winds and following seas, shipmates.

Fair winds and following seas to Lieutenant Baker! LT Baker served onboard the USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD 41) as the Combat...
05/27/2021

Fair winds and following seas to Lieutenant Baker! LT Baker served onboard the USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD 41) as the Combat Information Center Officer (CICO) and then as the Auxiliaries Officer (AUX-O).

#whidbeywarriors

Spirits were high onboard the USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD 41) today! In lieu of the upcoming four day weekend, Commander Kri...
05/27/2021

Spirits were high onboard the USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD 41) today! In lieu of the upcoming four day weekend, Commander Kristel O’Canas, pulled together the crew at an all hands call to discuss future events, answer any questions and to discuss the importance of Memorial Day.

(U.S. Navy photos by Ensign Drew Hendricks/ 27 May 2021)

Check out our sailors!
05/27/2021

Check out our sailors!

Congratulations to newly promoted Lieutenant Commander Yau! His promotion ceremony was held onboard the Naval history mu...
05/27/2021

Congratulations to newly promoted Lieutenant Commander Yau! His promotion ceremony was held onboard the Naval history museum, The Battleship Wisconsin.

(U.S. Navy Photos by Personnel Specialist Third Class Trinh/ 21 May, 2021)

Due to the professional achievement in the superior performance of their duties, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement M...
05/24/2021

Due to the professional achievement in the superior performance of their duties, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal has been awarded to Lieutenant Baker, Lieutenant Junior Grade Asmah, Gunners Mate Second Class Meyer, Fire Controlman Second Class Michaca, Gunners Mate Second Class Negron, and Gunners Mate Third Class Ruiz.

An additional congratulations to newly promoted Yeoman Third Class Bediako.

Attention #WhidbeyWarriors! Be sure to take advantage of the useful information that will be provided to you and your fa...
05/19/2021

Attention #WhidbeyWarriors! Be sure to take advantage of the useful information that will be provided to you and your family next week at the Town Hall meeting on base.

(U.S. Navy Flyer by Personnel Specialist Third Class Phuc Trinh)

Attention #WhidbeyWarriors! Be sure to take advantage of the useful information that will be provided to you and your family next week at the Town Hall meeting on base.

(U.S. Navy Flyer by Personnel Specialist Third Class Phuc Trinh)

Congratulations to the following #WhidbeyWarriors on their re-enlistments and continued commitment to serve our Navy, Se...
05/17/2021

Congratulations to the following #WhidbeyWarriors on their re-enlistments and continued commitment to serve our Navy, Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman Null, Engineman Second Class Remekie and newly promoted Electrician’s Mate Third class Searles. (May 14, 2021/U.S. Navy Photos by Ensign Drew Hendricks)

*Those not pictured respectfully requested not to be.

Timeline Photos
05/16/2021

Timeline Photos

Today we recognize and pay tribute to U.S. armed forces around the globe as the nation celebrates its service members and their role in the community on #NationalArmedForcesDay.

Virginia Beach residents, during Hurricane Preparedness Week, take a minute to know your zone!  #HurricanePrep
05/12/2021

Virginia Beach residents, during Hurricane Preparedness Week, take a minute to know your zone! #HurricanePrep

It’s Hurricane Preparedness Week and hurricane season kicks off June 1. Do you know which evacuation zone you live in? The state’s Department of Emergency Management designed zones to simplify the process of determining whether a resident should evacuate or shelter at home in an emergency based on their address. Look up your zone at https://www.vaemergency.gov/hurricane-evacuation-zone-lookup. Visit https://www.ready.gov/evacuation to plan your evacuation route. #HurricaneStrong #Floodready #Floodsmart #HurricanePrep 🛣️🚗⛈️🌬️

Photos from U.S. Navy's post
05/12/2021

Photos from U.S. Navy's post

05/12/2021

It only takes one storm to change your life and community. If you live in an area prone to tropical cyclones, you need to be prepared. Learn how during Hurricane Preparedness Week. hurricanes.gov/prepare #HurricanePrep #HurricaneStrong

05/09/2021
Mother's Day 2021

Thanks to all the Mom’s for the sacrifices they make each and everyday 💐

Congratulations to newly promoted Lieutenant Junior Grade Abraham Asmah! LTJG Asmah currently serves on the USS WHIDBEY ...
05/07/2021

Congratulations to newly promoted Lieutenant Junior Grade Abraham Asmah! LTJG Asmah currently serves on the USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD 41) in the Operations Department as the Weapons Officer.

LTJG Asmah was pinned by his family, his wife Irene, and his two daughters Kukua and Nana.

First in Class, First Always!

For their recent accomplishments and contributions to the ship, the USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD 41) would like to recogniz...
05/06/2021

For their recent accomplishments and contributions to the ship, the USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD 41) would like to recognize the following individuals....

Blue Jacket of the Quarter, Damage Control Fireman Simmons. Junior Sailor of the Quarter, Boatswains Mate Third Class McKeithan. Sailor of the Quarter, Fire Controlman Second Class Swinn, and Senior Sailor of the Quarter, Engineman First Class Howell.

In addition, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal has been awarded to Gunner’s Mate Second Class Booth and Aviation Machinist’s Mate Third Class Dixon.

(U.S. Navy photos by Personnel Specialist 3rd Class Phuc Trinh/06 May, 2021)

The USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD 41) would like to wish the best of luck to Lieutenant Brashears and Lieutenant Krah as they ...
05/03/2021

The USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD 41) would like to wish the best of luck to Lieutenant Brashears and Lieutenant Krah as they leave our command and start the next chapter of their Naval careers.

Fair winds and following seas 🇺🇸

05/01/2021

Happy Saturday team Whidbey! I wanted to take a minute and share JEB-LC's post. For our immunized crew members effective immediately HPCON B measures apply. Thank you for help to #SinkCovid! Be safe and see everyone on Monday. V/r, Captain.

https://www.facebook.com/238007359582/posts/10159321165849583/

Currently, 95% of the  Whidbey Island crew is fully immunized! That means 95% of the #whidbeywarriors possess COVID-19 a...
04/29/2021

Currently, 95% of the Whidbey Island crew is fully immunized! That means 95% of the #whidbeywarriors possess COVID-19 antibodies. So, to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus the Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) teamed up with our medical department to give sailors the opportunity to donate blood. Amidst a pandemic, donating blood is more crucial than ever.

April is recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. The Navy’s 2021 theme is “Respect.Protect. Empower...
04/26/2021

April is recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. The Navy’s 2021 theme is “Respect.Protect. Empower.” At all times, we commit to treating others with Respect. Protect one another from harm through active intervention and Empower those around you to speak up or intervene.

Sailors onboard the USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD 41) who are on the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Team took some time out of the busy work day to offer an educational discussion during lunch on Friday. Members provided necessary resources, facts, and helpful information to the crew. The sailors were also encouraged to wear denim to help spread awareness of Sexual Assault—to find out why denim, click the link below.

https://www.denimdayinfo.org/why-denim

#SAAM2021 #IAsk

The USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD 41) would like to congratulate the following individuals for receiving their respective awar...
04/16/2021

The USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD 41) would like to congratulate the following individuals for receiving their respective awards.

🔹Personnel Specialist Third Class Trinh, received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for being named the Junior Sailor of the Year.

🔸Logistics Specialist First Class Pruitt, received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for his selection as the Whidbey Island’s Senior Sailor of the Year.

🔹Not only did this sailor receive the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for her selection as the Blue Jacket of the Year but she now proudly bares the title of Boatswains Mate Third Class Trujillogarcia!

🔸Lieutenant Commander Reza received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for his End of Tour as the First Lieutenant onboard the Whidbey Island. He is now the Plans and Tactics Officer.

First in Class, First Always 🇺🇸

#whidbeywarriors

04/15/2021

If you are a victim of sexual assault, call the DOD Safe Helpline 877-995-5247 to be connected with a trained, confidential Safe Helpline staff member 24/7.

#SAAPM #RespectProtectEmpower

As is Navy tradition, anytime an officer leaves a command, we hold a ceremony and bid them farewell as they start the ne...
04/09/2021

As is Navy tradition, anytime an officer leaves a command, we hold a ceremony and bid them farewell as they start the next chapter of their career.

Today we held a luncheon for LT Brashears and LT Krah. We wish them and their family all the best!

#whidbeywarriors

April is designated as the Month of the Military Child, underscoring the important role military children play in the ar...
04/07/2021

April is designated as the Month of the Military Child, underscoring the important role military children play in the armed forces community. April is a time to applaud military families and their children for the daily sacrifices they make and the challenges they overcome.

Here at the Whidbey Island, we asked sailors to submit pictures of themselves and their parents who served in the military. Do you recognize any familiar faces in the photos? 😁

#MonthOfTheMilitaryChild

Congratulations to newly promoted Lieutenant Commander Victor Reza! LCDR Reza has served onboard the USS WHIDBEY ISLAND ...
04/05/2021

Congratulations to newly promoted Lieutenant Commander Victor Reza!

LCDR Reza has served onboard the USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD 41) as the First Lieutenant and will now be taking over as the Plans and Tactics Officer.

Photos from U.S. Navy's post
04/04/2021

Photos from U.S. Navy's post

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History In February 1981, the U. S. Navy awarded Lockheed Shipbuilding Company of Seattle, Washington, a contract to construct L*D 41, first of a new Dock Landing Ship class to replace the aging Thomaston-class L*Ds. At 4 August 1981 keel-laying ceremony, the Honorable John F. Lehman, Secretary of the Navy, affixed his signature to the L*D 41 keel; the first keel of an amphibious assault ship lain in more than five years. Although the first ship to carry the name Whidbey Island, there was at one time a ship on Navy rolls named USS Whidbey (AG-141), a small transport purchased from the U. S. Army and servicing U. S. Trust Territories in the late 1940s. Whidbey Island, the first ship in a class designed specifically to interface with the Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC), assisted in the operational and developmental testing of the amphibious assault craft from July to September 1985 and again in May and July 1986. 1986 – 1991 In August 1986, Whidbey Island embarked on her first major operation, participating in the NATO Exercise Northern Wedding/Bold Guard '86. Whidbey Island's first deployment was to the Mediterranean in January 1987. The ship took part in seven amphibious exercises carrying out duties as Presidential Support Ship for the World Economic Summit in Venice, Italy, May 1987. Whidbey Island deployed to the Mediterranean for the second time in December 1988 with MARG 1-89, participating in three major landing exercises with the Spanish, French and Italian Navies before returning to homeport in June 1989. Whidbey Island was the first amphibious ship from the East Coast to deploy to the European Theater with LCACs. In September and October 1989, Whidbey Island participated in Hurricane Hugo disaster relief operations in the Caribbean Sea. In August 1990, Whidbey Island again deployed to the Mediterranean as part of MARG 3-90. During the trans-Atlantic crossing, the ship received orders to sail to Mamba Station off the coast of Monrovia, Liberia, serving as the flagship for evacuation operations in Operation Sharp Edge, spending 105 consecutive days at sea. By the time Whidbey Island reached its first port, Las Palmas, Canary Islands, the ship had been out to sea for 126 straight days. After further steaming around the Western Mediterranean in support of Operation Desert Storm, Whidbey Island returned to homeport March 1991 from its extended seven-month deployment. 1992 – 1997 On 5 December 1992 Whidbey Island deployed with MARG 1-92 representing the Amphibious Ready Group's operations in the Black Sea with a series of port calls. With members of the Sixth Fleet, the USS Inchon Band, and representatives from the other MARG ships, Whidbey Island made historic port calls to Samsun, Turkey; Constanţa, Romania; and Burgas, Bulgaria, becoming the first United States amphibious ship and the largest United States warship to operate in the Black Sea, the first U.S. Navy ship to visit Samsun in 70 years and the first U.S. Navy ship to ever visit Burgas. Whidbey Island returned to homeport on 5 June 1993. In January 1993, Whidbey Island deployed in support of Operation Sea/Signal/Able Manner, enforcing alien migration policies off the coast of Haiti. Later that year, Whidbey Island deployed to the littorals of South America and West Africa during UNITAS 34-93/WATC 93, the first Whidbey Island-class ship to deploy to this region, again making history by leading the southern-most amphibious exercise ever at Tierra del Fuego, returning from deployment 17 December 1993. In August 1994, in a Combined Joint Task Force Whidbey Island provided emergent lift services for the evacuation of 160 migrant camps from Grand Turk Island. Shortly after, Whidbey Island rescued and transported over 8,100 Cuban migrants from the Straits of Florida during Operation Able Vigil and participated in the restoration of the legitimate government to Haiti during Operation Uphold Democracy. At the turn of 1995, Whidbey Island along with Wasp (LHD-1) and Shreveport (LPD-12) participated in NATO cold weather training in the North Atlantic for Exercise Strong Resolve 95. On 28 August 1995, Whidbey Island deployed for a fifth Mediterranean Deployment with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). During this deployment, the ship participated in Exercises Atlas Hinge, Odysseus 95, Noble Shirley, Bright Star and Alexander the Great, spending over three months in the Adriatic Sea in support of peacekeeping operations for the Dayton Peace Accords in the former Yugoslavia. The crew received the Armed Forces Service Medal and the NATO Medal, returning to homeport 29 February 1996. On 3 June 1996, Whidbey Island entered Norfolk Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company (NORSHIPCO) for a Dry-docking Phased Maintenance Availability (DPMA) and received a Women at Sea Certification. On 1 July 1997, Whidbey Island departed for Unitas 38-97 setting a record for amphibious landings with several UNITAS participating nations before returning home 13 December 1997. 1999 – 2002 Whidbey Island departed for its sixth Mediterranean deployment 15 September 1999. Along with 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, Whidbey Island participated in Exercises Bright Star, Noble Shirley and Infinite Moonlight. During these exercises the ship worked in partnership with members of the British, Egyptian and Jordanian militaries. Whidbey Island safely transited the Suez Canal as well as the Straits of Tiran, Toranto, Gibraltar, and of Messina, visiting ports such as Antalya, Turkey; Haifa, Israel; Souda Bay, Greece; and Aqaba, Jordan. On 24 May 2000, Whidbey Island returned to NORSHIPCO for multiple upgrades and additions to the ship's configuration and systems. During this PMA period the ship received two Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM) Launchers as well as the Ship's Self Defense System (SSDS) Mk-1, significantly enhancing Whidbey Island's ability to track, engage and destroy incoming missiles at close range. On 11 June 2001, Whidbey Island completed its Basic Phase of Training and started a five week pre-deployment maintenance period. Starting 11 July 2001 the ship began its intermediate training cycle in preparation for deployment as part of Amphibious Squadron 8, Amphibious Ready Group. On 19 September 2001, just eight days after the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, Whidbey Island weighed anchor for its seventh deployment. With troops of 26th MEU (Special Operations Capable), the ship participated in Exercise Bright Star off the coast of Egypt. At the completion of the exercise, crew and troops enjoyed a few days in the port of Marmaris, Turkey, before transiting the Suez Canal en route to the North Persian Gulf. While there Whidbey Island spent 123 consecutive days on station in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. During this operation, 26th MEU set the record for conducting the longest amphibious operation ever (distance-wise)—nearly 700 nautical miles (1300 km) inland. While deployed, Whidbey Island's crew visited Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates; Split, Croatia; and Rota, Spain. The ship also participated in the National Training Continuum, Operations Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom and Swift Freedom. Most importantly, every Sailor and Marine that deployed on Whidbey Island came back safely from the grueling, seven-month deployment. 2002-2004 As of 2006, Whidbey Island is commanded by Commander Erik M. Ross, home ported at NAB Little Creek, Virginia, and assigned to Amphibious Group 2. 2006-2007 In June 2006, Whidbey Island deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. While inport Aqaba, Jordan in July of 2006, she was recalled through the Suez Canal to support contingency operations due to the crisis in Lebanon. Whidbey Island subsequently participated in the largest Non-Combatant Evacuation conducted by the US Navy since Vietnam. During July and August, she evacuated 817 American Citizens (out of a total of 14,555 evacuated by the USS Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group) via Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) with Personnel Transport Module. AMCITS were taken to Limassol, Cyprus and released to State Department Control. Following operations off of Lebanon, Whidbey Island redeployed through the Suez Canal to the Fifth Fleet Operations Area and offloaded elements of the 24 MEU into Bahrain for operations in Iraq. Following the offload, Whidbey Island deployed to the Northern Persian Gulf in support of Commander Task Force 158, responsible as Afloat Forward Staging Base. In this role, she was responsible for defense of the KAAOT and ABOT oil rigs, the primary critical oil infrastructure producing revenue for Iraq. In November of 2006, Whidbey Island departed the Northern Persian Gulf and returned home, stopping in Civitavecchia, Italy and Tunis, Tunisia enroute, arriving 6 Dec, 06. On 16 February 2007, Whidbey Island was awarded the 2006 Battle "E" award. On 1 October 2007, Whidbey Island deployed from Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base. After being deployed to the Horn of Africa, she assisted the Comoran vessel MV Al Marjan and its crew when they were released by somali pirates on november third FACTS ABOUT THE USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (L*D 41) Builder: Lockheed Shipbuilding, Seattle, Wa. Date Deployed: Feb. 9, 1985 Propulsion: Four C**t Industries, 16 Cylinder Diesels, two shafts, 33,000 shaft horsepower. Length: 609 feet (185.6 meters). Beam: 84 feet. Displacement: 15,939 tons (16,194.79 metric tons) full load. Speed: 20+ knots (23.5+ miles per hour). Crew: Ships Company: 22 officers, 300 enlisted; Marine Detachment: 402 plus 102 surge. Armament: Two 25mm MK 38 Machine Guns; Two 20mm Phalanx CIWS mounts and Six .50 cal. machine guns, two Rolling Airfram Missile (RAM) Mounts.

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