About LHD 8
USS MAKIN ISLAND is homeported in San Diego, California.
MAKIN ISLAND was delivered to the United States Navy April 16, 2009. Following initial training and certification, MAKIN ISLAND transited to the West Coast by circumnavigating South America via the Strait of Magellan. The ship was formally commissioned at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado, CA on October 24, 2009.
MAKIN ISLAND (LHD 8) underwent construction at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss. She is the final ship built in the LHD-1 WASP-class, but the first of the class built with Gas Turbine Engines and Electric Drive. Steam is not used on board the ship for heating or water production as in previous LHD class ships. Other significant changes from previous LHD-class ships include Watermist Fire Suppression Systems, a fiber-optic Machinery Control System (which is also integrated with the Damage Control Systems), the SPQ-9B radar and Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC). As the final member of the WASP Class LHD's, MAKIN ISLAND is emerging from previous U.S. Navy Amphibious Forces and setting the stage for the under-development successor to the Wasp Class, the LHA (R) Class of Amphibious Landing Ship.