Makin Island Sets New Medical Readiness Standard
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- USS Makin Island's (LHD 8) Medical Department earned the highest score ever achieved by a newly commissioned ship during its baseline Medical Readiness Inspection (MRI) Jan. 19-20.

Makin Island Hosts Luncheon for Holiday Bowl Participants
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- USS Makin Island (LHD 8) hosted a shipboard luncheon Dec. 28 in honor of the University of Nebraska and University of Arizona football teams, who faced off in the 2009 Pacific Life Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium Dec. 30.

Makin Island Completes First CSSQT, Harrier and AAV Ops
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines aboard the Navy's newest Amphibious Assault Ship returned to port Dec. 10 after completing three combat critical training evolutions.

Congressional Black Caucus Tours Makin Island
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- USS Makin Island (LHD 8) hosted nearly 40 members and representatives of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Nov. 6.

LHD8 Completes Certifications Prior to Commissioning
NAVAL AIR STATION NORTH ISLAND, Calif. (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines aboard USS Makin Island (LHD 8) returned to port Oct. 16 having completed three more critical certifications prior to the ship's commissioning.

Makin Island Sailors Celebrate New Logistics Specialist Rating
NORTH ISLAND, Calif. (NNS) -- Postal clerks (PCs) and storekeepers (SKs) on board USS Makin Island (LHD 8) had the unique opportunity to observe the Navy-wide merger of their rates into the new logistics specialist (LS) rating during a ceremony held aboard Makin Island Oct. 1.

LHD8 Makes Final Port Call during Maiden Voyage
LIMA, Peru (NNS) -- Crew members of USS Makin Island (LHD 8) experienced the culture and history of Lima, Peru during a port visit Aug. 29-Sep.1.

Makin Island Sailor Meets Family while Sailing around South America
VALPARAISO, Chile (NNS) -- Prior to and during USS Makin Island's (LHD 8) recent port visit in Valparaiso, Chile, a Sailor was able to reunite with family members he had not seen in more than a decade.

Makin Island Sailors Assist Chilean Communities During Port Visit
VALPARAISO, Chile (NNS) -- USS Makin Island (LHD 8) Sailors spent two days contributing to the local communities of Valparaiso and Vina Del Mar, Chile during a port visit Aug. 20-24.

Makin Island Makes First Port Call in Rio De Janeiro
USS MAKIN ISLAND, At Sea (NNS) -- The Navy's newest Wasp-Class amphibious assault ship, USS Makin Island (LHD 8), spent four days in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, using the time to interact with Brazilian military members and enjoy some liberty in one of South America's most famous cities Aug. 12.

Ex-USS Tarawa's Bell Finds New Home
USS MAKIN ISLAND, At Sea (NNS) -- Sailors from USS Makin Island's (LHD 8) Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) received the ship's new bell which is on loan from Naval History and Heritage Command in Washington D.C.

Makin Island Recovers, Launches First Landing Craft
USS MAKIN ISLAND, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Makin Island's (LHD 8) deck and combat cargo departments completed their first well deck operation July 12 with the recovery and launch of two landing craft utility (LCU) boats.

Makin Island's Sailors, Marines Conduct Inaugural Flight Ops

USS MAKIN ISLAND, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Makin Island's (LHD 8) Air Department successfully landed helicopters from four of the five armed services while on its way to its commissioning site and new homeport in San Diego.

Makin Island Completes Critical Certification
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (NNS) -- Makin Island (LHD 8) passed its first security force assessment June 20 with a final proficiency score topping 97 percent.

Makin Island Celebrates Total Force during Family Day
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (NNS) -- More than 10,000 Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding (NGSB), Gulf Coast employees and their families came aboard the Navy's newest amphibious assault ship, Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Makin Island (LHD 8) for Family Day June 13.

Makin Island Sailors Help Build Culture of Fitness
GAUTIER, Miss (NNS) --
Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Makin Island (LHD 8) completed another major milestone in its quest toward joining the fleet June 4 -- with a light-off assessment.

Makin Island Hybrid Propulsion System Gets Up Check
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (NNS) -- Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Makin Island (LHD 8) completed another major milestone in its quest toward joining the fleet June 4 -- with a light-off assessment.

Sailor of the year leads on Makin Island
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Navy's newest amphibious assault ship, Pre-commissioning Unit (PCU) Makin Island (LHD 8), is being called "Transformational", and for good reason.

Makin Island: Signed, Sealed, Delivered to U.S. Navy
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (NNS) -- More than 900 crew members from the future USS Makin Island (LHD 8) marched aboard their ship April 16 in a historic delivery ceremony at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding (NGSB), Gulf Coast.

Makin Island Sailor of the year recognized by Padres

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Thousands of men and women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces were recognized during the San Diego Padres Military Appreciation Opening Night at Petco Park April 8 with each branch of the military standing along the third base line to be recognized as military members of the year.

Makin Island Aviation Crew Completes Crash and Salvage Training
PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- Sailors from Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Makin Island (LHD 8) completed the five-day Crash and Salvage Team Trainer course Feb. 13 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola.

RTH brings Navy families together
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- As Pre-Commissioning Unit Makin Island (LHD 8) increases operational tempo, travel entitlements such as return to homeport (RTH) are relieving Sailors of the stress of being separated from family.

Makin Island Sailors volunteer for local Mardi Gras Ball
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (NNS) -- Sailors from Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Makin Island (LHD 8) volunteered at the 30th annual Gaultier Men's Club Carnival Jan. 31 at the Jackson County Civic Center in Pascagoula.

Navy's First Gas Turbine/Electric Hybrid Propulsion Plant Demonstrated at Sea
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (NNS) -- Crew members from Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Makin Island (LHD 8) returned to port in Pascagoula, Miss., Dec. 13 following five days at sea participating in sea trials conducted by Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, Gulf Coast (NGSB).

NAVAIR begins Aviation Certification of Makin Island
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (NNS) -- Inspectors from Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) spent the last two weeks of October completing preliminary inspections on board Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Makin Island (LHD 8).

Makin Island Crew Qualifies First SWO
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Makin Island (LHD 8) is currently under construction and preparing for delivery, but that did not prevent the command from qualifying its first surface warfare officer (SWO) Oct. 21.

Makin Island Pre-Commissioning Crew Completes Critical Safety Training

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (NNS) -- Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Makin Island's (LHD 8) Safety Department concluded two days of mandatory safety training Oct. 2, which boosted the readiness of the shipboard safety program and the safety petty officers who implement it.

Makin Island Sailors Continue to Mold Tomorrow's Leaders
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (NNS) -- Thirty-two Pre-commissioning Unit (PCU) Makin Island (LHD 8) Sailors volunteered as coaches and safety observers during Central Elementary School's annual "Field Day" April 25, in Pascagoula.

Makin Island prepares for emergencies
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Makin Island's (LHD 8) Damage Control Training Team (DCTT) provided training to the pre-commissioning detachment's (PCD) In Port Emergency Team (IET) April 4 in order to effectively prepare the crew for shipboard drills.

Makin Island ITs Graduate
PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- Seven Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Makin Island (LHD 8) information systems technicians (IT), attached to the ships pre-commissioning detachment (PCD) in San Diego, graduated from "A" school March 14, at the Center for Information Dominance in Pensacola.

Main Engine Lit Off Aboard Makin Island
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (NNS) -- Seven crew members from pre-commissioning unit (PCU) Makin Island (LHD 8) witnessed a construction milestone Feb. 26, when LHD 8 became the first Navy vessel with a 35,000 horsepower LM2500+ gas turbine engine to successfully complete forward main engine light off (MELO).
Makin Island Sailors Focus on Training
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Precommissioning detachment (PCD) Makin Island (LHD 8) Sailors completed Damage Control (DC) Academy Feb. 29, better preparing them for ship's scheduled delivery in November.

Makin Island Celebrates Black History
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (NNS) -- More than 100 Sailors from Makin Island's (LHD 8) Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) in Pascagoula and Pre-commissioning Detachment (PCD) in San Diego attended Black Heritage Month observances Feb. 21.
Makin Island Sailors Prepare World War II Sub for Big Screen
MOBILE, Ala. (NNS) -- Sailors from the Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Makin Island (LHD 8) continued to restore one of the oldest existing U.S. submarines at Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, Ala., Jan. 30 in order to prepare the World War II era vessel for its appearance in.

Supply Department Lending to Makin Island Success
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Makin Island's (LHD 8) supply department received and inventoried 15 pallets of supplies at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding's (NGS) Consolidated Shipboard Allowance List (COSAL) Warehouse.

Makin Island Conducts Command Climate Assessment
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Makin Island's (LHD 8) Commanding Officer, Capt. Bob Kopas, met with members of the pre-commissioning crew Feb. 20 to discuss the command's fall 2007 climate assessment survey.
Navy Green Descends on Makin Island -- PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- In an effort to build stronger relationships between surface and land-based Sailors, the crew of Pre-commissioning Unit (PCU) Makin Island (LHD 8) hosted a tour for Seabees.
MCPON Discuss Quality of Life, Professional Growth with PRECOM Sailors PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Joe R. Campa Jr. visited Sailors assigned to Pre-Commissioning Units (PCUs) Kidd (DDG 100), Makin Island (LHD 8).
Makin Island Takes Top Honor at Local Surface Line Competition  Crew members from Pre-Commissioning Units (PCU) Makin Island (LHD 8) and Mesa Verde (LPD 19) wrapped up the first Pascagoula Surface Line Week (SLW) competition.
Makin Island Sailors Recognized for Community Service Commanding Officer of Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Makin Island (LHD 8) presented five sailors with community service awards.
Detailing to the Navy's First all Electric Amphibious Assault ship is underway If you're a hard-charging Sailor in your 9-12 month window for orders...

Other Publications:

 Photo Release -- Christening of Northrop Grumman-Built Makin Island  Michael W. Hagee, and sponsor of Makin Island (LHD 8), Silke Hagee.

 Power, more people key to shipyard (Marketwatch)

LHD 8 ready to see Fruits of Labor  (Shipbuilder Magazine).

Retired Marine appreciates LHD 8 keel laying (Shipbuilder Magazine, March 2004)

Wing Wall assembly lifted onto MAKIN ISLAND  Riggers carefully lift assembly 324 in preparation for landing on MAKIN ISLAND (LHD 8)...

USMRA members on Hand for Keel Laying Article and Photos of LHD-8 Keel Laying in Raider Patch, No. 87, Jan-Mar 2004. (PDF File).

Makin Island (LHD-8), A Proud Name, will carry Raider Tradition to Sea Additional Article and Photos from Raider Patch, No. 87, Jan-Mar 2004. (PDF File).

Navy certification for GE's LM2500+  The LHD 8 will be the first military application of the LM2500+, and we are very pleased with the achievement of this major milestone in the history of the LM2500 engine family...

Naval Vessel Register - MAKIN ISLAND

Keel Laid for Makin Island (LHD 8) at Northrop Grumman Shipyard On Feb. 14, Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) authenticated the keel of Makin Island (LHD 8), ..

Global Security: About LHD-8 Although LHD 8 is the eighth ship of the Wasp class, it will feature noteworthy technological advances. Changes from the previous LHD design include...

DOD News: Navy Names New Amphibious Assault Ship Makin Island The U.S. Navy has selected the name Makin Island for its next amphibious assault ship, which honors the daring raid carried out by Marine Corps Companies A and B, Second Raider Battalion, on Japanese-held Makin Island, in the Gilbert Islands, Aug. 17-18, 1942. 

LHD 8 to Begin Transformation of ‘Big Deck’ Amphibious Force  The Navy and Northrop Grumman Ship Systems (NGSS) Ingalls Operations in New Orleans are preparing for the start of fabrication of LHD 8, the warship that will lead the transformation of the Navy’s next-generation “big deck” amphibious force.