MAKIN ISLAND Commissioning October 24, 2009
Location: Naval Air Station North Island
The commissioning ceremony marks the acceptance of a ship as a unit of the operating forces of the United States Navy. At the moment of breaking the commissioning pennant, the ship will “come alive” and the crew will ceremonially run aboard ship. Thereafter the ship is officially referred to as a United States Ship (USS).
USS MAKIN ISLAND (LHD 8) was commissioned on October 24, 2009, in Coronado, Calif. The commissioning ceremony was coordinated by the San Diego Council of the United States Navy League.
NAVAL AIR STATION NORTH ISLAND, Calif. (Oct. 24, 2009) More than 5,000 family, friends, distinguished guests and crewmembers were on hand for the official commissioning ceremony of USS Makin Island (LHD 8). Makin Island is the eighth and final Wasp Class Landing, Helicopter, Dock (LHD) amphibious assault