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October 21st, 2009
Peleliu Conducts Burial At Sea
USS Peleliu (LHA 5) committed to the sea the remains of nine veterans and a spouse during a burial at sea ceremony Oct. 14 off the coast of San Diego.

October 14th, 2009
Peleliu Conducts Sea Trials After Completing Maintenance Period
For the first time in eight months, USS Peleliu (LHA 5) went to sea Oct. 6, after a Dock Planned Maintenance Availability (DPMA) period to conduct Sea Trials off the coast of San Diego.

October 1st, 2009
Peleliu Promotes Her First Logistics Specialist
USS Peleliu (LHA 5) Commanding Officer Capt. David A. Schnell promoted Alex Johnson to Logistics Specialist 3 rd Class as the ship’s first Logistics Specialist Oct. 1 during a shipboard ceremony.

September 30th, 2009
Fleet Week Honors Peleliu Sailors
SeaWorld San Diego Adventure Park hosted Sailors from USS Peleliu (LHA 5) during the 2009 Enlisted Recognition Luncheon as part of Fleet Week festivities Sep. 30 at the park’s Nautilus Pavilion.

September 4th, 2009
Peleliu XO Fleets Up to Take Command
Capt. David A. Schnell relieved Capt. Marcus A. Hitchcock as the commanding officer of the amphibious assault ship.

August 17th, 2009
First of its kind Surveillance System Guards Peleliu Sailors
Peleliu's ALSS provides for safer evolutions by allowing operational leaders more visibility of spaces on the ship and wider, zoomable views of places the old camera system covered.

August 15th, 2009
Peleliu honors WWII veterans from the Battle of Peleliu
Eleven veterans from the 12 th Defense Battalion, who fought in the Battle of Peleliu 65 years ago, attended their final reunion aboard USS Peleliu (LHA 5) on Aug. 15.

August 12th, 2009
Peleliu qualifies weapon handlers by the hundreds
USS Peleliu (LHA 5) qualified more than 1,550 Sailors in several kinds of weapons from December 2008 to July 2009, boosting the ship’s combat readiness for future operations.

June 16th, 2009
Training Kicks in, Sailor Recognized for Quick Thinking
The commanding officer of USS Peleliu (LHA 5) awarded a quick-thinking ordnanceman the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal at a ceremony aboard the drydocked amphibious assault ship May 29.

June 11th, 2009
Peleliu Sailor Take Advantage of FEP Alternative: The Poker Run
Thirty Sailors from the USS Peleliu (LHA 5) participated in a "Poker Run" held June 10 at Naval Base San Diego. The MWR event was open to all MWR patrons and included both a 1-mile walk or a 2-mile run which ended with participants being given a random poker hand in an envelope to determine prize winners.

June 8th, 2009
Iron Nickel Earns Phalanx Excellence Award
The commander of Naval Surface Forces Pacific (SURFPAC) presented the San Diego-based amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5)'s Fire Control (CF) division the Fiscal Year 2008 Phalanx Close-In Weapons System (CIWS) Excellence Award May 28.

June 5th, 2009
Peleliu Sailor's Navy Training Saves Life
A Sailor from USS Peleliu (LHA 5) received recognition May 29 for his heroic actions in August 2008 - when he saved a toddler from drowning.

March 5th, 2009
Sailors, Civilians Commited to Upgrading Peleliu
Crew members of USS Peleliu (LHA 5) donned their hard hats and safety goggles as the ship officially began her dock planned maintenance availability (DPMA) March 4 and entered dry dock March 24 at NASSCO shipyards.

January 27th, 2009
Peleliu Becomes First LHA to Receive EFV in Welldeck
USS Peleliu (LHA 5) became the first LHA-class amphibious assault ship to receive the new expeditionary fighting vehicle (EFV) in her welldeck during trials off the coast of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 22.

January 26th, 2009
Peleliu Celebrates African American History Month
USS Peleliu (LHA 5) celebrated African American History Month Feb. 25 with a shipboard event involving speeches, poetry, and singing.

November 5th, 2008
Peleliu Boasts New Mom Among Group of New Dads Following Six-Month Deployment
In a new twist to an old story, USS Peleliu (LHA 5) is boasting a new mom among the group of new dads who were the first ones off the ship Nov. 4 during its homecoming ceremonies following a scheduled six-month deployment.

November 5th, 2008
Peleliu, Dubuque and Pearl Harbor Return Following Six-Month Deployment
USS Peleliu (LHA 5), the flagship of the Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group (PELESG), along with USS Dubuque (LPD 8) and USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) returned to San Diego Nov. 4 following a six-month deployment.

November 5th, 2008
COMPHIBRON 3 Sailors Earn Warfare Qualifications During Six-Month Deployment
Sailors assigned to the staff of Commander, Amphibious Squadron (COMPHIBRON) 3 returned to San Diego Nov. 4 aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) following a scheduled six-month deployment wearing new enlisted warfare devices.

November 4th, 2008
Peleliu Returns from Deployment with Friends, Family onboard
Sailors and Marines aboard USS Peleliu (LHA 5) welcomed more than 250 friends and family members for a "tiger cruise" as the ship departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor Oct. 29, following a four-day port visit. The term 'tigers' is used to describe the guests of crew members who take part in these types of orientation cruises throughout the fleet.

November 2nd , 2008
Peleliu's Master Helmsmen Keep Ship On Course
Seamen aboard USS Peleliu (LHA 5) are trusted with great responsibility when the ship is involved in restricted maneuvering evolutions such as anchoring, conducting an emergency breakaway during a replenishment at sea, or when pulling in and out of a port like Pearl Harbor Oct. 29. Among the crew of more than 1,000 Sailors, Seaman Jacob Delgadillo, Seaman Tony Nguyen, and Seaman Jesse Adams are the only qualified master helmsmen aboard Peleliu. The three are entrusted to drive the Iron Nickel any time the black ball-diamond-ball day shapes go up the yard arm, including during Peleliu's departure from Pearl Harbor.

October 29th, 2008
Peleliu Sailor Hone Skills During Damage Control Olympics
The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) held the Damage Control (DC) Olympics Oct. 22.

October 20 , 2008
Peleliu, Halsey Underway Following Sydney Port Visit
The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) and the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) departed Sydney, Australia, Oct. 14 following a scheduled four-day port visit. During the visit, more than 1,500 Sailors and 1,300 Marines met with local citizens, experienced Australian customs and traditions and enjoyed the many recreational activities offered in Sydney.

October 18 , 2008
Peleliu Sailors, Marines Fall Short Against Royal Australian Soccer Team
Sailors and Marines from USS Peleliu (LHA 5) and the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) put up a tough fight on the soccer field Oct. 13 at Randwick Army Base but fell short of a victory in a tournament against Sailors from the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Blue skies and a light breeze set the scene for three soccer teams from Peleliu, the embarked 15th MEU and the RAN, who took part in the friendly round-robin tournament that was part of military sporting competitions scheduled during a port visit to Sydney, Australia.

October 13 , 2008
Peleliu, Halsey Sailors Lend a Hand in Sydney
Sailors and Marines from the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5), along with Sailors from the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97), lent a hand to a local ambulance service Oct. 11 as part of a community relations (COMREL) project during their scheduled port visit to Sydney. The group worked at St. John's Volunteer Ambulance Station where they cleaned ambulances, organized the garage and fixed ambulance radios and other equipment. The ambulance station is an organization run mostly by volunteers in the Australian community and provides charitable and humanitarian services to individuals, groups and organizations.

October 11 , 2008
Peleliu, Halsey Strengthen Century-Long Partnership in Sydney
The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) and the guided missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) arrived in Sydney, Australia, Oct. 10 for a scheduled port visit.
During the visit, more than 1,500 Sailors and 1,300 Marines will have a chance to participate in friendship-building activities, meet local citizens and experience local customs and traditions

October 10 , 2008
Peleliu Sailors Earn Quals, Haul Up Coveted ESWS Pennant
Quartermasters hauled up the Silver Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS) Pennant high above USS Peleliu (LHA 5) during a special ceremony Oct. 1.
The ESWS pennant joins the Silver Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist (EAWS) Pennant and Gold Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) Pennant already flying above Peleliu.

October 2 , 2008
Peleliu Sailor and Marines Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month 'Fiesta Style'
Hundreds of Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) took a break from normal operations and observed Hispanic Heritage Month with a "Fiesta Style" celebration Sept. 26 in the ship's hangar bay. Hispanic Heritage month runs from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 and is a time for individuals to recognize the contributions of Hispanic Americans. Peleliu's celebration included a piñata, authentic food, and traditional dances. The event was also planned to coincide with a "Steel Beach" picnic to allow maximum participation by the crew.

October 2 , 2008
One-Half Million 'Tax Free' SRB Dollars Go to 'Stay Navy' Peleliu Sailors
Approximately $500,000 in Selective Re-enlistment Bonuses (SRBs) has been paid out to Sailors aboard USS Peleliu (LHA 5) who have decided to "Stay Navy" during the past four months. The group of 33 Sailors took advantage of the fact that the ship was operating in the tax-free zone of the U.S. 5th Fleet's area of operation from June 13 until Sept. 23 when making their decision to re-enlist. Senior Chief Navy Career Counselor (SW/AW) Rita Carman, Peleliu's senior career counselor, explained SRBs are a market-based incentive allowing enlisted community managers to strategically adjust award levels as retention needs change.

September 17, 2008
UFC Heavy hitters Catch Up with Peleliu Sailors and Marines
Two former title holders from the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) visited the Sailors and Marines of USS Peleliu (LHA 5) and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Sept. 13-14 while the ship was conducting operations in the 5th Fleet area of operations. Former middleweight champion Rich Franklin and former heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia signed autographs for the officers and crew and made it a point to meet and greet Sailors and Marines on the ship’s mess decks and in the berthing areas. The two fighters were also passionately interested in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) demonstration put on by the 15th MEU.

September 17, 2008
Seven Peleliu Sailors Advance to CPO
Seven Sailors from USS Peleliu (LHA 5) were advanced to the rank of chief petty officer (CPO) during a traditional pinning ceremony on the ship’s flight deck Sept. 16. The speaker for the event was Capt. Marcus A. Hitchcock, Peleliu’s commanding officer, who congratulated the new chiefs and reminded them not to forget the support they received from their families during the induction process, even while deployed.

September 12, 2008
Peleliu Remembers 9/11 Attacks with Special Patriots Day Ceremony
Sailors and Marines deployed aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) gathered in the ship’s hangar bay Sept. 11 for a special Patriots Day ceremony to honor those who lost their lives during the 9/11 terrorists attacks.The ceremony was opened with the singing of the national anthem as well as the reading of the official presidential proclamation recognizing Sept. 11 as “Patriots Day.” “Today we honor the lives of those lost during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America,” said Capt. Marcus A. Hitchcock, Peleliu’s commanding officer who served as the guest speaker for the event. “I am sure, much like those alive on Dec. 7, 1941, 9/11 had a significant impact on all of us.”

September 2 , 2008
Peleliu's Junior Officers Go for Gold during 'SWO-lympics'
Junior officers aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA5) have found an interesting way to study for their Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) pin over the past two weeks, taking part in the ship’s first-ever “SWO-lympics” competition. According to Lt. Cmdr. David Stebbins, Peleliu’s navigator and creator of the program, the “SWO-lympics” are a creative, new way for officers to learn and retain the information they need to be good at what they do. Similar to the world-wide Olympics, participants compete in a friendly atmosphere for gold, silver, and bronze medals.

August 23, 2008
Peleliu to Represent Pacific Fleet in 2009 Ney Competition
USS Peleliu (LHA5) has been named a finalist, representing the U.S. Pacific Fleet in the large afloat ship category, for the 2009 Capt. Edward F. Ney Award for Food Service Excellence. The Ney award was established in 1958 by the Secretary of the Navy and the International Food Service Executive Association (IFSEA) in order to recognize overall food service excellence aboard Navy ships and at shore installations around the world. Since that time, Sailors aboard ships and on shore installations have taken great pride in competing for the prestigious award.

August 17, 2008
Peleliu Sailors and Marines Follow Olympic Games on AFN
The more than 2,500 Sailors and Marines deployed aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) have been enjoying the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing on television since Aug. 8 courtesy of the Armed Forces Network (AFN). Since the opening ceremony, televisions throughout the berthing areas, lounges and work centers on the ship have been constantly tuned to AFN for the latest in Olympic coverage. AFN's round-the-clock coverage even allows for Sailors and Marines on watch and the night shift to catch the latest news and updates on the games.

August 13, 2008
Peleliu Sailors and Marines Enjoy Swim Call and Steel Beach Picnic in Red Sea
Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) enjoyed a well-deserved leisure time during a swim call and steel beach picnic Aug. 11 in the Red Sea. Peleliu crew members, embarked staff and the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) departed San Diego May 4 on a regularly scheduled deployment to the U.S. 7th and 5th Fleet areas of operation. Those wanting to take part in the swim call had to take a 30-foot plunge from Peleliu's port aircraft elevator into the Red Sea. Jumping first into the water was Capt. Marcus A. Hitchcock, Peleliu's commanding officer.

August 9, 2008
USS Peleliu stops pirate attack in Gulf of Aden
The US Navy says it has stopped a pirate attack on a merchant vessel north of Somalia in the Gulf of Aden. The amphibious assault ship Peleliu responded to a call for help from the Gem of Kilakari on Friday morning, the Navy said. The Gem said it was under attack from armed pirates as it was traveling to the Suez Canal.

August 3, 2008
Seven Peleliu Sailors Selected for CPO
Seven Sailors on board USS Peleliu (LHA 5) has been selected to “put on the hat” and advance to the rank of chief petty officer next month following conclusion of the 2008 induction season.

July 29, 2008
CTF 158 Commander Visit's Peleliu
Commander, Task Force (CTF) 158 visited USS Peleliu (LHA 5) July 23 to thank the ship's crew for their hard work in the Combined Maritime Forces area of operations.

July 24, 2008
TACRON 11 Sailor Selected for Officer Canidate School
A Tactical Air Control Squadron (TACRON) 11 Sailor serving aboard USS Peleliu (LHA 5) learned July 8 that he was selected to attend officer candidate school (OCS) and earn a commission as a supply corps officer.

July 21, 2008
Outstanding Peleliu Sailors Recognized During Awawrds Ceremony
The USS Peleliu (LHA 5) recognized four Sailors for their outstanding performances July 17 when the ship's leadership announced the Senior Sailor of the Quarter (SSOQ), Sailor of the Quarter (SOQ), Junior Sailor of the Quarter (JSOQ) and Bluejacket of the Month (BJOM).

July 15, 2008
Peleliu Sailors Visit Center for Children in Bahrain
Sailors assigned to USS Peleliu (LHA 5) visited the Ria Center in Bahrain to spend time with local children as part of a community relations (COMREL) project, July 7. Peleliu Sailors participated in a dance class at the center and played with children in the gym, and on the playground."It's great to see the children in a facility that cares for them," said Religious Program Specialist 2nd Class Frederick Jones, who helped organize the project. "The children all seemed to be enjoying themselves and learning at the same time."

July 14, 2008
Peleliu Embraces Diversity, Helps Navy Earn Corporate Recognition Award
Sailors and Marines aboard USS Peleliu (LHA 5) take pride in their ability to embrace diversity and incorporate it into everyday shipboard life which helped the Navy earns honors as a Best Diversity Company for 2008.

June 24, 2008
Rock Band "Hinder" Performs Concert for Sailors and Marines
The Oklahoma City rock band “Hinder” performed live June 23 for more than 2,500 Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) during an underway concert in the ship’s hangar bay. Comprised of Austin Winkler, Mark King, Cody Hanson, Mike Rodden and Joe 'Blower' Garvey, Hinder is sponsored by Navy Entertainment, a part of the Navy’s fleet-wide Morale, Welfare and Recreation program. The Peleliu concert was the first underway shipboard performance of their current tour of U.S. military bases in the Middle East.

June 19, 2008
Peleliu Medical Department Celebrates 110th Birthday of Corpsmen
Navy corpsmen aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) celebrated the Navy Hospital Corps’ birthday June 17, commemorating 110 years of healing sick and injured service members around the world. The hospital corpsman rating is the largest and most highly decorated rating in the Navy with 27 Medal of Honor recipients. They serve in duty stations around the world. "It is my pleasure to be here today to congratulate you for being a part of 110 years of incredible history," said Capt. Marcus A. Hitchcock, Peleliu’s commanding officer who attended the ceremony. "The history of the corpsman rate dates back more than 200 years, and it feels good knowing it will still be here 110 years from now."

June 8, 2008
Peleliu Underway Following Port Visit to Singapore
Sailors and Marines from USS Peleliu (LHA 5) left a positive impression on local citizens as the ship departed Singapore June 6 following a four-day port visit. More than 2,500 Sailors and Marines visited the “ Lion City” to take part in friendship-building and community relations (COMREL) activities, as well as enjoy the local culture while on liberty. This was the first foreign port visit for Peleliu, which left its homeport of San Diego May 4 on a scheduled deployment.

June 3, 2008
Peleliu Makes Port Visit to Singapore
Sailors and Marines aboard USS Peleliu had a chance to meet local citizens, experience local customs and traditions and enjoy the many recreational activities offered during a scheduled port visit to Singapore, June 2.

May 30, 2008
Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group Rescues Six Mariners from Sinking Vessel
Six local mariners from the Philippines were rescued from a sinking vessel May 30 by U.S. Navy personnel as ships from the Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group (PELESG) transited the Strait of Balabac.

May 28, 2008
97 Peleliu Sailors Put on New Chevrons During Frocking Ceremony
Ninety seven Sailors serving aboard USS Peleliu (LHA 5) are wearing new chevrons following an advancement ceremony held May 28 on the ship’s flight deck.
Capt. Marcus A. Hitchcock, Peleliu’s commanding officer, frocked 53 third class petty officers, 38 second class petty officers and six first class petty officers on the flight deck as the ship steamed westward on its current deployment.

May 23, 2008
Peleliu Sailors Continue their Education During Current Deployment
Sailors aboard the San Diego-based amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) are using their time wisely by taking advantage of educational opportunities through the Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE) program while on their current deployment.

May 21, 2008
Peleliu ESG Crosses International Date Line, Enters U.S. 7th Fleet AOR
The San Diego-based Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group (PELESG) entered the second phase of its scheduled deployment May 18, when the group crossed the international date line and entered the U.S. 7th Fleet

May 15, 2008
Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group Underway Following Port Visit to Pearl Harbor
The San Diego-based Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group (PELESG) departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor, May 12, following a two-day port visit that served as the first leg of the 2008 deployment.

May 04, 2008
Peleliu Strike Group Deploys
USS Peleliu (LHA 5) deployed May 4 in support of the war on terrorism as part of the Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group's (PELESG) regular deployment rotation.

 

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