USS Peleliu LHA 5Welcome Aboard Shipmate!
It is an honor and a pleasure to welcome you aboard the US Navy’s finest amphibious assault ship, USS PELELIU (LHA 5). As you begin your tour, you will quickly learn that the secret to PELELIU’s every success is the winning attitude of her crew. Teamwork, pride and professionalism are in abundance aboard this fine warship and you are in for the most memorable tour of your Navy career. We are excited to welcome you as a shipmate.

USS PELELIU was commissioned in 1980 as the fifth of the TARAWA class of amphibious assault ships. Her inherent combat capability is, frankly, awesome. Whether she is launching fixed or rotary wing aircraft from her flight deck or landing craft from her well deck, you’ll find her to be a truly remarkable feat of engineering. But, her true strength lies in the men and women that man her and make 40,000 tons of steel come to life. You will be a part of that team and I thank you in advance for your service and commitment to advance peace, deter aggression and defend freedom around the world.

PELELIU’s primary mission is to embark, transport, land and support the Marines of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Additionally, USS PELELIU is the flagship of the Commander of Amphibious Squadron THREE. He, with the assistance of his staff, directs the efforts of the PELELIU Expeditionary Strike Group. Both of these missions are complex and demanding and you will be an integral part of the team that accomplishes them.

USS Peleliu deployed May 2008 in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Building upon strong international relationships, the "Iron Nickel" conducted joint military exercises with critical Mid-East partners Jordan and Kuwait during "Operation Infinite Moonlight" and "Eager Mace" respectively. Sailors and Marines also enjoyed friendly port visits in Bahrain, Jordan, Dubai, Singapore, Hawaii and Australia. The "Iron Nickel" finished a routinely scheduled Docked Planned Maintenance Availability (DPMA) in the summer of 2009. Modernization of the ship's flight deck and superstructure was done in anticpation of the MV-22 Osprey's arrival aboard. Additional work was done in the ship's engineering sections as well as an upgrade to the local area network to improve quality of work and life.

Reporting Aboard Procedures

In Port - When arriving in San Diego, report in the uniform of the day to the Naval Station San Diego, located at 32nd St. When in port the ship resides at a variety of piers. Contacting the USS PELELIU LHA-5 at (619) 556-4200, or Naval Station Information, (619) 556-1011, ahead of time will help reduce confusion. Before reporting to USS Peleliu contacting a
sponsor can help make your transition to the Peleliu smoother. To drive on base at the Naval Station, San Diego, you will need a DoD decal. You can get a decal or temporary pass at the Pass & Decal Office. You will need a valid driver's license, current vehicle registration, a military ID card, and proof of insurance.

Underway - Upon arrival you will be reporting to the transient personnel unit at BLDG 3142 Brunton Hall due to our underway status. The housing issue is very simple. As soon as you arrive you will need to show your orders and they will handle the rest of the process. You can also contact them in advance and let them know you are coming. Click here for more information.

The Ombudsman is a trained volunteer appointed by the Commanding Officer. The Ombudsman is a resource for family members, particularly during deployment. The Navy Family Ombudsman serves as a link between the families and the command. The Ombudsman has contact information, referrals and support available in both the military and civilian communities. The USS PELELIU Family Readiness Group is a network of PELELIU family members. It provides a chance for spouses to connect. The Family Readiness Group also provides a forum for spouses to share ideas. For information on the next meeting or activity, call the PELELIU Care Line listed on the Ombudsman page.
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