Peleliu is just like hundreds of other islands sprinkled throughout the Pacific. In the Fall of 1944, 1,256 Marines gave their lives to wrestle Peleliu out of the hands of the Imperial Japanese Army. It is entirely fitting that USS Peleliu bears the name of this volcanic, coral island honoring the brave men that fought and died there. Two weeks after the battle began almost the entire island was in American hands. As the last of the gunfire died away a month after the initial assault, the island returned to its quiet serenity. It would take nature some time to repair the ravages of war and the airport would remain busy until the end of the war. History was once again written by the bravery and courage of the Marines. To overcome the 10,138 Japanese defenders, the Marines suffered 6,526 casualties. It is to these gallant warriors that this great ship is dedicated. USS Peleliu stands ready to support the cause of freedom and our national objectives.
Current USS Peleliu
USS Peleliu (LHA 5), a Tarawa-class amphibious assault ship of the United States Navy, was laid down on Nov. 12, 1976, launched Nov. 11, 1978 christened Jan. 6, 1979 and commissioned in Pascagoula, Miss., at Ingalls Shipyard May 3, 1980.
1982 marked Peleliu's first year as a fully operational unit of the Navy's Pacific Fleet Amphibious Force. In January, she was the flagship in a no-notice, non-combatant emergency evacuation exercise conducted off San Clemente Island, and on March 28 the ship got underway for its maiden deployment to the western Pacific and Indian Ocean.
USS Peleliu completed its second deployment on October 4, 1984. One month later she ship deployed to the northern Pacific Ocean to participate in an exercise held off the coast of Amchitka in the Aleutian Islands.
In February 1996 the Peleliu ARG operated in the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Southern in conjunction with the USS Nimitz Battle Group.
In mid-1997 USS Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group and the 13th MEU completed Pacific Joint Task Force Exercise 97-2 (JTFEX 97-2). The LHA 5 ARG replaced the USS Boxer ARG on a six-month deployment. In August the amphibious assault ship deployed and participated in Exercise Eager Mace 98. In September the Peleliu ARG took part in Fleet Battle Experiment - Bravo's "Silent Fury" phase along with the Constellation Battle Group.
In June 1999 the Peleliu ARG departed San Diego for a six-month deployment, with the 11th MEU, to the western Pacific and Arabian Gulf. During the deployment which concluded on December 21, COMPHIBRON One, as Commander of the USS Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group, participated in Operation Stabilize in East Timor. COMPHIBRON One also participated in exercises Iron Magic '99 and Red Reef 10 in the Arabian Gulf.
Following the events of September 11th, LHA 5 ARG was a central support force for Operation Enduring Freedom. In August 2001 to March 2002 USS Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group deployed to the western Pacific, Indian Ocean, and Arabian Gulf.
In 2002 Navy announced the intent to form the Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) with LHA 5 as the center of a force that would consist of amphibious vessels, cruisers, destroyers, frigates and submarines.
In May 2003 USS Peleliu took part in a Expeditionary Strike Group exercise in which members of the crew and the strike group participated in a non-combatant evacuation operation (NEO). In August the Peleliu ESG departed Naval Station San Diego on a western Pacific deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In January 2004 Peleliu participated in a drug interdiction operation where fifteen individuals were detained and an estimated 2,800 pounds of hashish (approximately $11 million street value) were seized. In March USS Peleliu returned to homeport from a six-and-a-half month deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
In December 2005 USS Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group Three successfully completed their Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).
January 13, 2006 USS Peleliu departed for Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX), the third of three at-sea training evolutions designed to prepare the strike group for its scheduled western Pacific deployment. In February 15, USS Peleliu ESG 3, along with 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), departed San Diego for a six-month deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. In July USS Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group concluded operations in the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet area of operations. In August USS Peleliu, returned to homeport after a six-month deployment to the western Pacific and Persian Gulf.
In April 2007 the amphibious assault ship prepared for her humanitarian deployment in support of Pacific Partnership. In May USS Peleliu departed San Diego to assist in a humanitarian and civic-action mission to several nations in Southeast Asia and Oceania called "Pacific Partnership". In September USS Peleliu returned to Naval Base San Diego after a four-month underway period in support of Pacific Partnership. In October LHA 5 conducted routine operations off the coast of southern California.
In March 2008 the Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group conducted Expedition Strike Group 3 integration training in preparation of its western Pacific deployment. In May USS Peleliu ESG departed San Diego for a scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). In June LHA 5 was in the Persian Gulf supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. In August the amphibious assault ship was in the Red Sea conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO). In November USS Peleliu returned to homeport after a six-month deployment.
In January 2009 the Peleliu became the first LHA-class amphibious assault ship to host the new expeditionary fighting vehicle (EFV) in its welldeck.
In February 2010 USS Peleliu was conducting AV-8B Harrier Deck Landing Qualifications. In March the Peleliu conducted Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) in preparation for an upcomig deployment. In April USS Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group was underway for a Certification Exercise (CERTEX). In May USS Peleliu departed homeport for a scheduled Middle East deployment. In June USS Peleliu participated in exercise Crocodilo. In August Peleliu participated in U.S. humanitarian assistance to Pakistan in support of flood relief from a recent monsoon. In October LHA 5 completed its humanitarian assistance in which the amphibious assault ship transported over 5 million tons of food and relief supplies, and rescued more than 9,000 people. In December USS Peleliu ARG returned to Naval Base San Diego after a seven-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility.
In December 2011 USS Peleliu departed San Diego for sea trials off the coast of southern California.
In February 2012 the Peleliu departed homeport to participate in a bilateral annual exercise Iron Fist 2012. In May USS Peleliu ARG departed San Diego to participate in a three-week Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 3/Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT), with the 15th MEU, in the SOCAL Op. Area. In July USS Peleliu ARG departed Naval Base San Diego for a three-week Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX). In August LHA 5 ARG completed a two-week Certification Exercise (CERTEX) off the coast of southern California. In September USS Peleliu departed San Diego for a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR). In October USS Peleliu ARG participated in a joint training exercise Crocodilo 2012. In November LHA 5 Amphibious Ready Group participated in the amphibious exercise Eager Mace 13-1.