USS Makin Island
“Gung Ho”
Captain Landers
CAPT James W. Landers
Commanding Officer (August 2010 - February 2012)

A native of Caledonia, Mississippi, Captain Landers graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and was commissioned through the NROTC program in 1987. He began his Naval career as a Surface Warfare Officer serving as Gunnery Officer and Navigator in USS Vreeland (FF 1068) homeported in Mayport, FL. In 1989, he was accepted to Naval Flight Officer Training and received his wings in 1991.

Operationally, CAPT Landers commanded Patrol Squadron 47 at MCAS Kaneohe, HI. He led the squadron while deployed to Fifth and Seventh Fleets in support of operations IRAQI and ENDURING FREEDOM. Previous flying tours included his junior officer tour with VP-45 and department head tour with VP-5, both based at NAS Jacksonville, FL. During these tours CAPT Landers deployed to the North Atlantic, Mediterranean and Southwest Asia conducting operations across the spectrum of Maritime Patrol missions. Notably, he led his crews flying Red Sea surveillance during operation DESERT STORM and, the first deployment of the P-3 AIP aircraft conducting combat surveillance over Kosovo during operation ALLIED FORCE.

Ashore, CAPT Landers served with VP-30 as a FRS Instructor where he established the Aircraft Improvement Program (AIP) Fleet Introduction Team. Staff tours include: OPNAV N74 as the Air Anti-Submarine Warfare Programs Officer, and U.S. Pacific Command serving as the Deputy Chief of the Joint Interagency Coordination Group for Counter Terrorism (JIACG/CT). Among notable achievements while at PACOM, he led the development of the Pacific Command’s Regional Maritime Security Program and Southeast Asia Maritime Security (SEAMS) Initiative. Following his command tour, Capt Landers completed the National Resource Strategy Masters Degree program at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, and then served as Executive Assistant to Commander, Naval Air Forces prior to reporting to USS Makin Island as Executive Officer."

His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service, Meritorious Service and Air Medal with strike/flight numeral 2.  


Evening colors onboard USS Makin Island (LHD 8)
An Aircraft Handler gives permission to an AV8B Harrier assigned to the Black Sheep of VMA 214 to take from MAKIN ISLAND
M-16 Rifle Qualifications Onboard Makin Island
An MV200 Sprey Approaches The Flight Deck of USS Makin Island
USS Makin Island Magnetic Signature Deperming
Capt. James W. Landers relieves Capt. Robert G. Kopas during USS Makin Island’s (LHD 8) first change of command ceremony August
Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Luis B. Calle of USS Makin Island’s Air Department charges through a crowd of San Ysidro Mi
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USS Makin Island (LHD 8) passes under the Golden Gate Bridge as she arrives in San Francisco for Fleet Week.
Sailors march in the Columbus Day Celebration Parade during San Francisco Fleet Week 2010
USS Makin Island (LHD 8) Successfully Completes INSURV
Sailors from the USS Makin Island (LHD 8) inport emergency team (IET) fight a simulated class alpha fire
USS Makin Island (LHD 8) Will Save Navy $250 Million
Filming of Army-Navy Football Spirit Spot
USS Makin Island (LHD 8) First Shipboard Health Fair
USS Makin Island Safety Brief
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Rick West goes through the serving line in the chief’s mess aboard USS Makin Island.
2010 Naval Base San Diego Ship Lighting and Decorating Contest
Retirement and Change of Command Ceremony Onboard USS Makin Island
The Honorable Laurie Hawn Visits USS MAKIN ISLAND
Testing Gear
Former US President Clinton speaks to friends and family of Chief Culinary Specialist Oscar Flores during a retirement ceremony
Master Chief Boatswain's Mate Paul Fahey, right, answers a question from Midshipman 2nd Class Grace Howard
USS Makin Island (LHD 8) performs at the 39th annual Leadership, Professional Development and Training Conference
USS Makin Island (LHD 8) as it transits San Diego Bay
Landing craft - air cushioned (LCAC) exits the well deck of the USS Makin Island (LHD 8)
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USS Makin Island (LHD 8) transits the Pacific Ocean
LHD8 Simulated Casualty Drill - Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Rodriguez-Perez and Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Gregg
The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) operating off the coast of southern California
LHD 8 Transits Off Coast of Southern California with Makin Island ARG
Amphibious assault vehicles assigned to the 11th MEU approach the amphibious assault ship Makin Island (LHD 8)
The Makin Island ARG, consisting of USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52), USS Makin Island (LHD 8),  and USS New Orleans (LPD 18)
USS Makin Island Departs Naval Base San Diego
USS Makin Island (LHD 8) arrives off the coast of Oahu for a scheduled port visit in Hawaii
USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52), front, USS Makin Island (LHD 8) and USS New Orleans (LPD 18) transit off
USS Makin Island Sailors and Marines Remember 70th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor
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Damage Controlman 2nd Class Michael Trumbo serves ice cream during a moral, welfare, and recreation-sponsored ice cream social.

 Served with...

Captain Pringle
Command Master Chief
CMDCM(SW/AW) Steven F. Alt
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