USS MESA VERDE


Ship Facts

Mission: USS Mesa Verde is the third amphibious transport dock of the San Antonio class. The ship will transport and land Marines, their equipment and supplies, by embarked air cushion or conventional landing craft or Expeditionary Fighting Vehicles, augmented by helicopters or vertical take off and landing aircraft. USS Mesa Verde will support amphibious, special operations, or expeditionary warfare missions through the first half of the 21st Century.

Name: "Mesa Verde is a jewel of our National Park system that celebrates the extraordinary beauty and diversity of that region and our nation,” stated Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig in 2000. “The real richness of Mesa Verde and that of our country's naval service, however, lies in the people -- the remarkable legacy of their past and a future with great promise. The naming of USS Mesa Verde establishes a strong and fundamental link between this nation and those who serve and truly value that bond." This is the first U. S. Navy ship named Mesa Verde.

Ship Characteristics:

  • Length:  684 feet (208.5 meters)
  • Beam:  105 feet (31.9 meters)
  • Displacement:  Approximately 24,900 tons full load
  • Speed:  In excess of 22 knots (24.2 mph)
  • Aircraft:  Four CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters or two MV-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft may be launched or recovered simultaneously. The ship’s hangar can store 1-2 aircraft.
  • Armament:  Two 30 mm Close-in-Guns, for surface threat defense; two Rolling Airframe Missile launchers for air defense
  • Landing Craft:  Two LCACs (air cushion) or one LCU (conventional)
  • EFVs:  14 Marine Corps Expeditionary Fighting Vehicles
  • Power plant:  Four Colt-Pielstick diesel engines, two shafts, 40,000 Hp
  • Crew:  360 Sailors (28 officers, 332 enlisted), three Marines
  • Troops:  699 (66 officers, 633 enlisted); surge to 800 total.
  • LPD 17 Class:  San Antonio (LPD 17), New Orleans (LPD 18), Mesa Verde (LPD 19), Green Bay (LPD 20), New York (LPD 21), San Diego (LPD 22), Anchorage (LPD 23), Arlington (LPD 24), and Somerset (LPD 25)
  • Motto:  “Courage, Teamwork, Tradition”

Dates: The ship was christened in January 2005 and commissioned in 2007, marking the 100th anniversary of the creation of the National Park. Mesa Verde’s sponsor was Mrs. Linda Campbell, wife of former Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell. For more information www.pms317.navy.mil