A city and bay in Wisconsin.
The first Green Bay (PG-101) was a Tacoma (PG-92) class patrol gunboat launched on 14 June 1969. On 1 July 1975, she was stricken from the Navy List, and subsequently transferred to the Hellenic Navy and renamed Tolmi (P.229).
(LPD-20: displacement 25,883; length 684'; beam 105'; draft 23'; speed 22+ knots; complement 396, troop capacity 699 (800+ surge); armament 2 RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) launchers, 2 Bushmaster II 30 millimeter close-in guns, and 10 .50 caliber machine guns; aircraft launch or recover 2 Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallions, or 2 Bell Boeing MV-22B Ospreys, or up to 4 Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knights, Bell AH-1Z Vipers, or Bell UH-1Y Venoms; class San Antonio)
The second Green Bay (LPD-20) was laid down on 7 August 2003 at Avondale, La., by Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Avondale Operations; launched on 11 August 2006; sponsored by Mrs. Rose Magnus, wife of Gen. Robert Magnus, USMC, Commandant of the Marine Corps; and commissioned on 24 January 2009, Cmdr. Joseph R. Olson in command.
Dark blue and gold are the colors traditionally associated with the Navy and represent the sea and excellence. The pale blue symbolizes the historic waterway of the Fox River, the entrance to the city of Green Bay, Wisc. The Green Bay logo recalls the heritage and spirit of the city, which includes the city’s football team, the “Green Bay Packers.” The chief signifies authority. The silhouette commemorates the previous Green Bay (PG-101). The wavy division of the shield suggests the shoreline, and combined with the pale alludes to the ship’s mission of transporting amphibious troops. The maple wreath conveys success and achievement, signifying the state tree of Wisconsin, the sugar maple. The anchor represents naval strength and maritime tradition. Red denotes sacrifice. The restock of the anchor exemplifies the Marine Corps, highlighting the Navy and Marine team. The state seal alludes to the Wisconsin’s industry and honors the state as being the “Heart of America.”
The crossed Naval and Marine swords symbolize readiness and the cooperation of the Sailors and Marines that man Green Bay.
Statum Bello Invictus Maneo translates to “Stand and Fight, Remain Unvanquished.” The scroll displays the colors of the “Green Bay Packers,” green and gold, that honor the city’s admiration and commitment for their home football team.
The ship’s missions can potentially include: amphibious warfare; joint command and control; humanitarian operations; and deployment as a hospital ship. Her sailors nickname the ship’s flight deck “Lambeau Field,” in honor of the stadium that serves as the home of the Green Bay Packers football team.
Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 31 tested the feasibility of operating McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier IIs from San Antonio (LPD-17) class amphibious transport docks during emergency situations, on board Green Bay in 2009.
Green Bay, Cmdr. Kevin P. Meyers in command, made her maiden deployment when she sailed, in company with amphibious assault ship Boxer (LHD-4) and dock landing ship Comstock (LSD-45), with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) embarked, to the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean, and Arabian Gulf (22 February-30 September 2011). She carried out primarily maritime security and theater cooperation operations.
A magnitude 9.0 (Mw) undersea megathrust earthquake occurred off the Tōhoku region of Honshū, Japan, at 1446 on 11 March 2011. The earthquake triggered tsunami waves that reached more than 100 feet in height at places, and caused nearly 25,000 casualties, including more than 15,000 killed. The United States initiated Operation Tomodachi (from the Japanese Tomodachi Sakusen, Operation Friend[s] to provide humanitarian relief to the victims. A total of 24,000 U.S. servicemembers, 189 aircraft, and 24 ships served in Tomodachi (12 March–4 May 2011). The Navy scheduled Green Bay to support Tomodachi, but while the ship sailed toward Japanese waters, planners directed her to make for the Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf instead, where she took part in Operation Enduring Freedom operations supporting the global war on terrorism.
Green Bay operates out of San Diego, Calif. On 5 February 2014, however, the Navy announced plans to forward deploy Green Bay to relieve amphibious transport dock Denver (LPD-9) at Sasebo, Japan, in February 2015.
Detailed history under construction.
Mark L. Evans
6 May 2014