15 April, 2013 - HONG KONG : The flagship of the Amphibious Squadron Three, USS Peleliu, pulled into the Ocean Terminal besides Tsim Sha Tsui, on the northern bank of the landmark Victoria Harbor in the morning. The other two ships anchored in waters outside the Harbor.
The three ships and more than 2,500 sailors and marines are expected to stay in Hong Kong for four days.
The Peleliu ARG is made up of the the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu, the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay, amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore, and the 15th MEU.
US Navy’s amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA-5) arrived in Hong Kong this Monday, and was docked at the Ocean Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui for 4 days.
The USS Peleliu (LHA-5), named for the Battle of Peleliu of World War II, is a Tarawa-class amphibious assault ship which entered service in 1980. It is about 250 meters long and 32.5 meters wide. Its full displacement reaches 39,438 long tons.
Namesake: The Battle of Peleliu of World War II
Ordered: 6 November 1970
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding
Laid down: 12 November 1976
Launched: 25 November 1978
Commissioned: 3 May 1980
Homeport: U.S. Naval Base San Diego
Motto: “Pax per Potens” (“Peace through power”)
Class & type: Tarawa-class amphibious assault ship
Displacement: 39,438 long tons full and 25,982 tons light
Length: 820 ft (250 m)
Beam: 106.6 ft (32.5 m)
Draft: 27 ft (8.2 m)
Propulsion: steam turbine
Speed: 24 knots (44 km/h; 28 mph)
Complement: 262 officers and about 2,543 enlisted men
Armament: Two rolling airframe missile launchers, four 25 mm Mk 38 Bushmaster gun mounts, two Phalanx CIWS for self-defense, five 0.50 caliber (12.7 mm) machine guns.
These ships were built with an offensive armament with three 5-inch rapid-fire naval guns and a defense of two Mk 115 Basic Point Defense Missile guided missile units.
Aircraft carried: (typical) Six AV-8B Harrier attack planes; four AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopters; 12 CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters; nine CH-53 Sea Stallion heavy helicopters; and four UH-1N Iroquois helicopters
Aviation facilities: hangar deck
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