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Pearl Harbor (LSD-52)


Historic Site in Hawaii; honors the naval base on the island of Oahu, Hawaii and the men who fought so valiantly in response to the surprise attack by Japanese forces on 7 December 1941. “Remember Pearl Harbor” became a rallying cry for the nation during World War II. This is the first ship to bear the name.

(LSD-52: displacement 11,251 (light) 16,088 (full); length 610’; beam 84’; draft 20’; speed 20+ knots; complement 419, troop capacity 402 (504 surge); armament 2 25mm MK 38 Machine Guns, 2 20mm Phalanx CIWS mounts, 6 .50 cal. machine guns; 2 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Mounts; 2 Landing Craft, Air Cushion; flight deck for 2 rotary-wing aircraft; class Harpers Ferry).

Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) was laid down 27 Janaury1995 at Avondale Shipbuilding, New Orleans, La.; launched on 24 February 1996; sponsored by Mrs. Beverly Young, wife of U.S. Representative Bill Young of Florida; commissioned at New Orleans on 27 April 1998, Cmdr.  James J. Bird, in command in command.

Pearl Harbor- Coat of Arms


Per fess Celeste and Azure a stylized rendition of the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor superimposed by two traditional Polynesian spears saltirewise Proper in chief five mullets chevronwise above five mullets chevronwise above three chevronwise all Argent, in base a cross paty convex Or all within a bordure of plates. Dark blue and gold are the colors traditionally used by the Navy and symbolize the sea and excellence. The ship is named for Pearl Harbor, the site of the Japanese attack from which our nation's battle cry "Remember Pearl Harbor" originated. This ship commemorates the heroic actions of both the armed forces and citizens of Oahu on 7 December 1941. The border of plates, which suggest pearls, the horizontal division of the shield, and the USS Arizona Memorial symbolize Pearl Harbor. The white stars on the light blue field (adapted from the Medal of Honor) honor the sixteen Medal of Honor awardees, while the gold cross on the dark blue commemorate the fifty-two Navy cross awardees, the largest number of awards for any single engagement in U.S. history. The Polynesian spears suggest a ready defense and attack capabilities while recalling the heritage of Hawaii. The anchor highlights Pearl Harbor, Oahu is one of the most important harbors and naval bases in the Pacific; it is the homeport of the US Pacific Command and the Commander of the Pacific Fleet.


From a wreath Argent and Celeste a Phoenix. The Phoenix, the mythical bird that rose renewed from its own ashes, symbolizes the United States response to the Japanese surprise attack, raising this nation to arms and victory.


The arms as blazoned in full color upon a white oval enclosed by a dark blue collar edged on the outside with a gold rope and bearing the name USS PEARL HARBOR at top and LSD 52 in base all gold.


A United States Navy and a United States Marine Officer's swords saltirewise points down Proper. The crossed Navy and Marine swords denote strength, cooperation and the ship's mission to protect power ashore by transporting and launching amphibious craft and vehicles to embark Marines in an amphibious assault.


A scroll Argent fimbriated Gules inscribed NATIONS BATTLE CRY Azure.

In January 2000 Pearl Harbor departed Naval Station San Diego for its maiden deployment in the western Pacific, with the Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG). She returned home in July after participating in Operation Southern Watch and exercises Eager Mace, Eastern Maverick, and Sea Soldier. In December 2001 Pearl Harbor deployed with the Bonhomme Richard ARG, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. On 18 June 2002 Pearl Harbor returned to San Diego after her combat deployment in the Arabian Gulf.

On 17 January 2003 Pearl Harbor departed San Diego, as part of Amphibious Task Force West, for an unscheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism including Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. In February Pearl Harbor joined Task Force 51 in the North Arabian Gulf. On 26 July Pearl Harbor returned to San Diego after more than six-months underway.

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Pearl Harbor returning to Naval Station San Diego with her sailors "manning the rails," 26 July 2003. (Senior Chief Photographer's Mate Mahlon K. Miller, U.S. Navy Photograph 030726-N-0226M-009, Photos).

In July 2005 Pearl Harbor departed Naval Base San Diego for a scheduled deployment with the Tarawa Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) in support of the Global War on Terrorism. In September the ship participated in the multinational exercise Bright Star 2005. On 8 October a devastating earthquake struck Pakistan, in response, Pearl Harbor deployed to participate in a multinational humanitarian assistance and support effort. Pearl Harbor loaded equipment and supplies at Manana, Bahrain on 14 October and off-loaded the cargo in Karachi, Pakistan on 18 October. Afterward Pearl Harbor returned to the Persian Gulf and conducted maritime security operations through November and December.

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Sailors from Pearl Harbor off-load heavy equipment and earthquake relief supplies from the flight deck in Karachi, 18 October 2005. (Photographers Mate 2nd Class Brandon A. Teeples, U.S. Navy Photograph 051018-N-9288T-035, Photos)
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Pearl Harbor in the Persian Gulf serving as a floating command center for Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) operations, 11 November 2005. (Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Randall Damm, U.S. Navy Photograph 051111-N-9362D-004, Photos).

Pearl Harbor returned to San Diego in February 2006 after completing a seven-month deployment. In December the ship went to Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii to participate in the activities honoring those who fought during the attack on 7 December 1941.

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Pearl Harbor survivors wave to Pearl Harbor during a Commemoration Ceremony for USS Nevada (BB-36), 7 December 2006. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lindsay Switzer, U.S. Navy Photograph 061208-N-1280S-001, Photos).

In May 2008 USS Pearl Harbor departed Naval Base San Diego as part of the Peleliu ESG, for a scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism in the Central Command Area of Responsibility. In June Pearl Harbor again conducted maritime security operations in the Arabian Gulf. In November Pearl Harbor returned to homeport after a six-month deployment.

In April 2010 Pearl Harbor completed its participation in a Certification Exercise (CERTEX), with the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group (ARG). In May Pearl Harbor departed Naval Base San Diego for a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility. In July Pearl Harbor participated in exercise Benevolent Phoenix 2010.

In September the ship was assigned to Combined Task Force 151 to conduct counter-piracy operations in and around the Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin. After patrolling of the Horn of Africa, the ship arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a four-day port call to participate in the commemoration ceremonies on the 69th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Afterward Pearl Harbor returned to San Diego on 18 December.

In October 2011 the ship returned to San Diego after successfully completing certification exercise (CERTEX) as part of the Makin Island ARG. In November Pearl Harbor departed Naval Base San Diego for a scheduled deployment. In December Pearl Harbor participated in a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training as part of Marine Exercise 2012.

In March 2012 Pearl Harbor arrived in Doha, Qatar, to take participation in Doha International Maritime and Defence Exhibition 2012. In June Pearl Harbor returned to San Diego after more than a seven-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility.

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Pearl Harbor arrives in Pearl Harbor, 16 August 2013. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David Kolmel, U.S. Navy Photograph 130816-N-IT566-003, Photos).

Awards, Citations, and Campaign Ribbons:

Navy Unit Commendation (2)

Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2)

National Defense Service Medal

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal


Detailed history pending.

Christopher B. Havern Sr.

23 October 2015

Published: Thu Mar 17 13:52:10 EDT 2016