USS Peleliu (LHA-5)

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USS Peleliu (LHA-5) is a Tarawa-class amphibious assault ship of the United States Navy, named after the Battle of Peleliu during World War II. Entering service in 1980, the ship has been deployed to the Persian Gulf on several occasions, performed an evacuation of U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay following the eruption of Mount Pinatubo, operated with the INTERFET peacekeeping taskforce, participated in Pacific Partnership deployments, and provided assistance following the 2010 Pakistan floods.

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Design and construction

Originally to be named the Khe Sanh and then Da Nang, Peleliu's keel was laid down in 1976 at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi. She was launched on 25 November 1978, sponsored by Peggy Hayward (wife of then-CNO Thomas B. Hayward), and commissioned 3 May 1980, with Captain T. P. Scott in command.

Operational history

Peleliu immediately headed south, transited the Panama Canal, and then crossing the Equator on 27 May, setting a new record for time between commissioning and entrance into the Southern Hemisphere. Next, she proceeded to the port of Long Beach, California.

In June 1991, while coming back from the Persian Gulf after Operation Desert Storm, Peleliu participated in the evacuation of U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay personnel following the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines; among the world's largest in the past 100 years, the eruption covered a large region in volcanic ash, and resulte in the destruction of much of the US naval base. The evacuation included several patients from the maternity ward, resulting in multiple births aboard ship.

Peleliu was deployed to East Timor as part of the Australian-led INTERFET peacekeeping taskforce from 26 October to 27 November 1999.[1]

In November 2001, Peleliu delivered the first U.S. Marines to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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