USS Peleliu (LHA-5)

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The Peleliu in the South China Sea
The Peleliu in the South China Sea
Order November 6, 1970
Keel laying November 12, 1976
Launch November 25, 1978
1. Period of service flag
Commissioning May 3, 1980
Decommissioning March 31, 2015
Whereabouts Reserve fleet
Technical specifications

39,925  tons


249.9 meters


32.3 meters


8.2 meters


82 officers, 882 sailors, up to 1894 troops


2 propellers, driven by 2 steam turbines; 70,000 wave horsepower


20+ knots


2 starter RAM , various guns

The USS Peleliu (LHA-5) was an amphibious assault ship of the Tarawa-class amphibious assault ship . She was part of the United States Navy and was decommissioned on March 31, 2015. It was originally named after the Battle of Peleliu in World War II .


Originally planned as Khe Sanh (see Battle of Khe Sanh ), the name of the planned ship was soon changed to Da Nang , which was eventually discarded in favor of Peleliu . The keel was laid in 1976 at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula (Mississippi) , the launch took place on November 25, 1978. Godmother was Peggy Hayward, the wife of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Thomas B. Hayward . The commissioning was made on May 3, 1980. Captain TP Scott became the first in command. The ship immediately headed south, passed the Panama Canal and finally the equator on May 27th .

The home port of the Peleliu was San Diego .

In August 2010, the Peleliu anchored off Karachi to bring relief supplies to the regions affected by the flood disaster in Pakistan with her helicopters .

In April 2013 the Peleliu anchored in Hong Kong in the wake of the North Korea conflict .

So-called black sites were operated on board the ship , secret prisons in which suspects abducted as part of the “war on terror” were tortured during interrogation .

The Peleliu was decommissioned on March 31, 2015 in San Diego as the last ship of the Tarawa class.

After preparation for her status as part of the reserve fleet in San Diego, she will be laid up alongside her sister Tarawa for a few years in Pearl Harbor .

As a replacement for the decommissioned amphibious assault ships, the America- class is introduced into the US Navy. The first ship of this type is the USS America . The Tarawa class has already been completely decommissioned, the 8 amphibious ships of the much more modern Wasp class are still in active service, but will also be replaced by the America class in the medium term .

Web links

Commons : USS Peleliu (LHA-5)  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Duncan Campbell / Richard Norton-Taylor: US accused of holding terror suspects on prison ships. - Report says 17 boats used. In: The Guardian . June 2, 2008. Retrieved May 8, 2014.
  2. ^ Joseph Pugliese: State Violence and the Execution of Law: Biopolitical Caesurae of Torture, Black Sites, Drones , Routledge, Oxford 2013, p. 165.
  3. ^ USS Peleliu to be Decommissioned After Nearly 35 Years of Service