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Coat of arms for: USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42)

Coat of arms for the USS GERMANTOWN (LSC 42)

Crewmen aboard the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) roll magnets along the well deck to collect metal debris left during landing craft operations off the Southern California coast

Crewmen aboard the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) roll magnets along the well deck to collect metal debris left during landing craft operations off the Southern California coast

The USS Germantown (PFC D.T. Williams) at POSCO pier

A port bow view of the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD-42) underway off Saipan during Operation Tandem Thrust

A light armored vehicle splashes off of a Navy air-cushioned landing craft after being ferried from USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) to an amphibious raid site during rehersals for the COBRA GOLD '98 combined arms live-fire exercise. The Marines are part of Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, the ground combat element of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

Marines wait aboard their light armored vehicles as an air-cushioned landing craft ferries them from USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) to an amphibious raid site on Hat Yao Beach during rehersals for the COBRA GOLD '98 combined arms live-fire exercise. The Marines are part of Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, the ground combat element of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

Marines attack the beach in High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) after debarking a Navy air-cushioned landing craft for a practice amphibious raid for the COBRA GOLD '98 combined arms live-fire exercise. The Marines are part of Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, the ground combat element of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. On the horizon, Marine Corps CH-53E helicopters ferry supplies and equipment from USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) (left) and USS DUBUQUE (LHA 3) to the beach

Inside the welldeck of the U.S. Ship USS GERMANTOWN LSD-42 sit Landing Craft Air Cushions (LCACs). These LCAC carry troops and equipment from ship to shore in a matter of minutes quickly securing beach heads. The USS GERMANTOWN and its crew are deployed to the Republic of Korea in support of Foal Eagle '98

SN Matthew Underwood (right) and Ananmantium Blakely, both helmsmen assigned to the US Ship USS GERMANTOWN LSD-42 steer and keep the ship on course Oct. 30, 1998. The USS GERMANTOWN and its crew are deployed to the Republic of Korea in support of Foal Eagle '98

LTJG Diane Quattrone, a conning officer assigned to the US Ship USS GERMANTOWN LSD-42, gives course rudder to the bridge Oct.30, 1998. Standing behind Quattrone is the ship's captain, CDR Joe Parker. The USS GERMANTOWN and its crew are deployed to the Republic of Korea in support of Foal Eagle '98

A Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC), assigned to the Assault Unit 5, Camp Pendleton, California prepares to head back to sea after unloading several marines and equipment from the USS GERMANTOWN LSD-42 onto Jongsa-dong Beach, Republic of Korea (ROK), Oct. 31, 1998. The LCAC is a swift moving amphibious assault craft capable of moving troops and equipment from ship to shore in a matter of minutes quickly securing beachheads. The Assault Unit 5 and the USS GERMANTOWN are deployed to the ROK in support of Foal Eagle '98

A Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC), assigned to the Assault Unit 5, Camp Pendleton, California prepares to head back to sea after unloading several marines and equipment from the USS GERMANTOWN LSD-42 onto Jongsa-dong Beach, Republic of Korea (ROK), Oct. 31, 1998. The LCAC is a swift moving amphibious assault craft capable of moving troops and equipment from ship to shore in a matter of minutes quickly securing beachheads. The Assault Unit 5 and the USS Germantown are deployed to the ROK in support of Foal Eagle '98

A Navy CH-46D helicopter flies past the USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42), while transferring supplies from the replenishment ship USNS TIPPECANOE

A Navy CH-46D Sea Knight medium lift assault helicopter flies past USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42), while transferring supplies from the replenishment ship USNS TIPPECANOE (T-AO 199) to USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA 3). The underway replenishment took place as the ships of the BELLEAU WOOD Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), made their way to the Persian Gulf

Ship Anchor Maintenance

Operations SPECIALIST 3rd Class Keolani Arruda explains the controls of the amphibious assault ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) to a group of Malaysian paratroopers during the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training exercise, CARAT 2000. Carat is an annual series of bilateral exercises between the United States and Southwest Asian Navies designed to promote cooperation and interoperability

The Honorable William S. Cohen, Secretary of Defense, as he speaks to Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42), during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Exercise 2000

An American Flag flies above The Honorable William S. Cohen, Secretary of Defense, as he speaks to Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42), during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Exercise 2000

The Honorable William S. Cohen, Secretary of Defense, as he speaks to Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42), during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Exercise 2000

US Navy (USN) Ships assigned to the Essex Amphibious Ready Group underway in the Pacific Ocean, while conducting a semi-annual amphibious integration training exercise known as the Blue-Green Workups. Pictured left-to-right, the WHIDBEY ISLAND CLASS: Dock Land Ship, the USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42), WASP CLASS: Amphibious Assault Ship, USS ESSEX (LHD 2), the AUSTIN CLASS: Amphibious Transport Dock, USS JUNEAU (LPD 10) and the USS FORT McHENRY (LSD 43)

A BQM-74E target drone is launched from the flight deck of the USN WHIDBEY ISLAND CLASS: DOCK LAND SHIP USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) during the first open ocean Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) test firing by an amphibious ship. RAM is a self-defense system designed to protect the ship against incoming missiles or aircraft

Two US Navy (USN) Sailors assigned as Ground Support Equipment (GES) trouble shooters, prepare a BQM-74E target drone for launch on the flight deck of the USN WHIDBEY ISLAND CLASS: DOCK LAND SHIP USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42), during the first open ocean Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) test firing by an amphibious ship. RAM is a self-defense system designed to protect the ship against incoming missiles or aircraft

USS Harpers Ferry arrives in Sasebo

USS Ogden (LPD 5) leaves Naval Station, San Diego to begin a regularly scheduled deployment

USS Ogden (LPD 5) leaves Naval Station, San Diego to begin a regularly scheduled deployment

USS Germantown (LSD 42) makes wake in San Diego's harbor as she begins a regularly scheduled deployment

USS Decatur (DDG 73) steams towards the Coronado Bridge as she departs the comforts of home and begins her scheduled deployment

The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) transits the channel into Pearl Harbor for a short port visit

Gas Turbine Systems Technician Fireman Alan Marlin gathers up the heaving line after mooring the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5).

Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) render honors to the USS Arizona Memorial and the Battleship Missouri

USS Greeneville (SSN 772) departed for deployment Sept. 1, 2003, as part of Expeditionary Strike Group One

USS Port Royal (DDG 73) departed on deployment

A family watches as the guided missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73) sails out of Pearl Harbor to join the Expeditionary Strike Group One (ESG-1)

USS Greeneville (SSN 772) departed

Family members watch as USS Greeneville (SSN 772) departed on deployment

A family member waves goodbye as USS Greeneville (SSN 772) deploys with Expeditionary Strike Group One (ESG-1). An ESG constitutes a new naval strike force designed to equip amphibious forces with added firepower and operational capabilities

The crew of the guided missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73) sails out of Pearl Harbor to join Expeditionary Strike Group One (ESG-1)

A CH-53 Sea Stallion lifts off from the flight deck of USS Peleliu (LHA 5)

Gordon R. England, Secretary of the Navy, visits with Sailors stationed aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) during a holiday visit to the region.

The country western band �Rushlow� plays before a crowd of Sailors and Marines.

Landing Craft Air Cushion Eight Two (LCAC 82) assigned to Assault Craft Unit Five (ACU-5) stationed in Camp Pendleton Calif., prepares to pull into the well deck of the Amphibious Dock Landing Ship USS Germantown (LSD 42).

Journalist 2nd Class Andrea Lahey assigned to the amphibious transport dock USS Germantown (LSD 42) interviews the coach of a local Kenyan Soccer team.

The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) transits San Diego Bay as she returns from a deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).

A Navy Lt. Cdr. is welcomed home today as five San Diego-based ships assigned to Expeditionary Strike Group One (ESG-1) return from a six-and-a-half month deployment in support of the global war on terrorism

A Sailor is welcomed home today as five San Diego-based ships assigned to Expeditionary Strike Group One (ESG-1) return from a six-and-a-half month deployment in support of the global war on terrorism

Family members welcome the return of five San Diego-based ships assigned to Expeditionary Strike Group One (ESG-1), as they return today from a six-and-a-half month deployment in support of the global war on terrorism

Damage Controlman 3rd Class Jonathan Genica assigned to the guided missile frigate USS Jarrett (FFG 33) receives a warm welcome from a family member as he returns home today

Captain Dennis Shultz, of Honolulu, Hawaii, embraces his family after returning home from a six-and-a-half month deployment to the Arabian Gulf.

Seaman Ernesto Telly assigned to the amphibious transport dock USS Duluth (LPD 6) stands by to help the amphibious transport dock USS Ogden (LPD 5) as it approaches the pier

The amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) sails past downtown San Diego, Calif. on its way to loved ones waiting pier side at Naval Base San Diego.

Sailors �man the rails� aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) as the ship transits San Diego Bay.

Sailors man the rails today as the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) approaches the pier following a six-and-a-half month deployment in support of the global war on terrorism

A Sailor gets an enthusiastic greeting after returning from a six and half month deployment with Expeditionary Strike Force One (ESG-1).

The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) transits San Diego Bay as she returns from a deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).

Sailors man the rails today as the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) approaches the pier following a six-and-a-half month deployment in support of the global war on terrorism

Friends and family members welcome the return of five San Diego-based ships assigned to Expeditionary Strike Group One (ESG-1) as they return today from a six-and-a-half month deployment in support of the global war on terrorism

Sailors �man the rails� aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) as the ship transits San Diego Bay.

A Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC), currently assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), demonstrates its capabilities in San Diego Harbor.

A Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC), assigned to the dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), kicks up sea spray during a demonstration of its capabilities.

The dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) underway off the coast of Southern California.

The guided missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73), amphibious transport dock USS Ogden (LPD 5) and dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) sail through the Pacific Ocean in formation.

The guided missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73), the amphibious transport dock USS Ogden (LPD 5) and the dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) conduct formation maneuvers in the Pacific Ocean.

Family members and friends wave goodbye to crewmembers aboard USS Germantown (LSD 42), as the ship departs for a scheduled six-month deployment.

Onboard the US Navy (USN) Amphibious Assault Ship USS PELELIU (LHA 5), Deck department Sailors heave in on a messenger line during an Underway Replenishment (UNREP) with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) Henry J. Kaiser Class Oiler USNS TIPPECANOE (T-AO 199). The PELELIU is on deployment as a member of Expeditionary Strike Group Three underway in the Straits of Malacca in support of the global war on terrorism and Maritime Security Operations. The USN Whidbey Island Class Dock Landing Ship, USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) is visible in the background

Onboard the US Navy (USN) Amphibious Assault Ship USS PELELIU (LHA 5), Deck department Sailors heave in on a messenger line during an Underway Replenishment (UNREP) with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) Henry J. Kaiser Class Oiler USNS TIPPECANOE (T-AO 199). The PELELIU is on deployment as a member of Expeditionary Strike Group 3 underway in the Straits of Malacca in support of the global war on terrorism and Maritime Security Operations. The USN Whidbey Island Class Dock Landing Ship, USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) is visible in the background

Onboard the US Navy (USN) Amphibious Assault Ship USS PELELIU (LHA 5), Deck department Sailors stand by to heave in on a messenger line during an Underway Replenishment (UNREP) with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) Henry J. Kaiser Class Oiler USNS TIPPECANOE (T-AO 199). The PELELIU is on deployment as a member of Expeditionary Strike Group 3 underway in the Straits of Malacca in support of the global war on terrorism and Maritime Security Operations. The USN Whidbey Island Class Dock Landing Ship, USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) is visible in the background

Sailors assigned to dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) prepare to board an Iranian dhow after the vessel called for assistance for an injured crew member.

Sailors assigned to dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) prepare to board an Iranian dhow.

Sailors assigned to dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) prepare to board an Iranian dhow.

Sailors man the rails aboard the dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) as it pulls in its homeport at Naval Base San Diego.

Secretary of the Navy, Dr. Donald C. Winter presents the Department of the Navy 2006 Safety Excellence Award for an amphibious ship.

Operations Specialist 2nd Class Catherine Goforth uses the Navy cash card for the first time aboard dock landing ship USS Georgetown (LSD 42).

Sailors stationed aboard dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) teach midshipmen the proper way to handle a fire hose.

Damage Controlman 3rd Class Jason Chatman instructs midshipmen on the proper way to relieve the nozzelman on a firefighting hose.

Dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) and guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73), part of the amphibious assault ship USS Tarawa (LHA1) battle group, take evasive maneuvers in preparation for an upcoming deployment.

AV-8B Harriers line the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Tarawa (LHA 1) while dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) and other members of Tarawa battle group follow closely behind.

Officer Candidate Zachary Moody selects orders to USS Germantown (LSD 42) with a click of a mouse as Vice Adm. Terry Etnyre, commander of U.S. Naval Surface Forces looks on.

An MH-60S Seahawk prepares to land aboard dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) while underway in the Pacific Ocean.

The amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), in the distance, passes the amphibious assault ship USS Tarawa (LHA 1) as dawn breaks.

Boat units attached to Naval Coastal Warfare Squadron (NCWRON) 21 provide security at Shuaybah Port as the dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) pulls out of port.

Engineman 2nd Class Shawn Bills, left, and Master-At-Arms 1st Class Sean Cox, both assigned to NCWRON- 21, look for suspicious contacts in the water as their unit provides security for the departing dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42).

Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Jay Burnell, assigned to NCWRON-21, mans a .50-cal machine gun as his unit provides security and patrols Shuaybah Port for suspicious activity as the dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) pulls out to sea.

Seaman Stanise Murphy stands the lookout watch aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42).

Yeoman 1st Class Adrianne Sanders recites the Sailors creed on board Commander, Naval Surface Forces during a ceremony for the Sailor of the Year.

Two EH-96 Pumas fly past the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42).

An EH-96 Puma flies near the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42).

The Military Sealift Command dry cargo ammunition ship USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2) steams between the amphibious assault ship USS Tarawa (LHA 1), front, and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42).

The amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) prepares for an underway replenishment with the Military Sealift Command dry cargo ammunition ship USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2).

Culinary Specilist 2nd Class Lan Le accepts the NEY Award in the Medium Ship Category for outstanding food service.

Seaman William Hudson, a rigger, guides a replacement main propulsion diesel engine cylinder head down the escape trunk to the main machinery room aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42).

he amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) arrives in Seattle for the 2008 Seafair Fleet Week.

The amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) arrives in Seattle for the 2008 Seafair Fleet Week.

The amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) arrives in Seattle for the 2008 Seafair Fleet Week.

The Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) and Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) lead the parade of ships.

The Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) and The Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) lead the parade of ships.

Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Ronnie Magbitang sews on a third class petty officer crow for Electrician's Mate 3th Class Tabitha King aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42).

Ships at Naval Base San Diego display lights for a holiday festivity.

Ships at Naval Base San Diego display lights for a holiday festivity.