USS Peleliu (LHA 5)
Decommissioned March 31, 2015
About the USS Peleliu

Welcome to the official homepage of the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA5). The last built of the five ships in the Tarawa class, Peleliu provides the Navy/Marine Corps team with one of the largest, fastest, and most versatile ships in the history of the amphibious warfare, capable of launching a coordinated air and sea attack from one platform. The primary mission of Peleliu is to embark and deploy a balanced payload of combat-ready Marines, along with their equipment and supplies needed for an assult, and land them ashore by helicopter and amphibious craft. This two-pronged capability of vertical launch from a carrier-type flight deck and amphibious operation with much greater speed and flexibility than previously possible.

Peleliu CrestShip Crest

The stars across the top of the shield represent the eight Medal of Honor recipients from the Battle of Peleliu Island in 1944. Centered is the large roman numeral "V" which represents the hull number of the ship, LHA-5. The four point star in the "V" identifies the four functions of the landing force, and sustain their operations ashore. In the lower left-hand side of the shield is a ring which by tradition of heraldry, symbolizes the fifth born. The 1st Marine Division emblem is the constellation Southern Cross with the numeral '1" superimposed. USS PELELIU's moto is "PAX PER POTENS", which is "PEACE THROUGH POWER".

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 stand ready to support the cause of freedom and our national objectives.

Mission and Capabilities



Displacement 39,967 tons fully loaded
Size Length: 820 ft, Beam: 106 ft, Draft: 25.9 ft
Main Machinery Two combustion engineering boilers; Two Westinghouse turbines w/ 70,000 shp; two shaft. bow thruster w/ 900 horsepower
Speed 24 Knots
Range 10,000 miles at 20 knots
Armament Two MK 49 RAM launchers; Two Phalanx 20mm CIWS mounts; Three .50 caliber machine guns; Four 25mm MK 38 chain guns
Compliment 1065 officers/enlisted

Aircraft and Lanading Craft


   AV-8B Harrier Jump Jet
Crew 1
Length 46ft 4in
Wingspan 30ft 4in
Height 11ft 8in
Weight Empty: 13,968 lb; Loaded: 22,950 lb
Max Speed .89 Mach (662 mph)
Guns 1X GAU-12U "Equalizer" 25mm cannon, 7 Hardpoints with a capacity of 13,200 lb, including iron bombs, cluster bombs, napalm canisters, laser-guided bombs, AGM-65 Maverick or AGM-84 Hapoon missles, a LITENING targeting pod, up to four AIM-9 Sidewinder or similiar-sized infrared-guided missles


   UH-1 Huey Helicopter
Crew 1-4
Length 57ft 1in w/ rotors
Width 8ft 7in
Height 14ft 5in
Weight Empty: 5,215 lb, Loaded: 9,040 lb
Max Speed 135 mph
Guns Variable, but may include a combination of: 2x 7.62 mm M60 machine guns, 2x 7.62 mm GAU-17/A machine guns; 2x 7-round or 19-round 2.75 in (70 mm) rocket pods; 2x 7.62 mm Rheinmetall MG3

Super Stallion 

  CH-53E Super Stallion Helicopter
Crew 5: 2 pilots, 1 crew chief/right gunner, 1 left gunner, 1 tail gunner
Length 99ft 1/2in
Height 27ft 9in
Weight Empty: 33,226 lbs; Loaded: 73.500 lbs
Max Speed 196 mph
Guns 2x .50 BMG (12.7 x 99 mm) window-mounted XM218 machine guns; 1x . 50 BMG (12.7 x .99 mm) ramp mounted weapons system, GAU-21 (M3M mounted machine gun)

Sea Knight 

   CH-46 Sea Knight Helicopter
Crew 4: 2 pilots, 1crew chief, 1 aerial gunner
Length 45ft 8in
Width 7ft 3in
Height 16ft 8.5in
Weight Empty: 15,537 lb; Loaded 17,396 lb
Max Speed 165 mph
Guns 2x XM218 .50 BMG (12.7 x 99mm) machine guns (optional), 1 ramp mounted M240g 7.62 x 51 mm machine gun (optional)

Super Cobra 

  AH-1W SuperCobra Helicopter
Crew 2: Pilot, CPG (co-pilot/gunner)
Length 44ft 7in
Height 13ft 5in
Weight Empty: 10,920 lb; Loaded: 14,750 lb
Max Speed 218 mph
Guns M197 3-barreled 20mm "Gatling-style" cannon in the A/A49E-7 turret; 2.75 in Hyrda 70 rockets - Mounted in LAU-68C/A or LAU-61D/A launchers; 5 in Zuni rockets; TOW missles; AGM-114 Hellfire missles; AIM Sidewinder Anti-Aircraft Missles


  SH-60/MH-60 Seahawk Helicopter
Crew 3
Length 64ft 10in
Height 17ft 2in
Weight Empty: 13,648 lb; Loaded: 20,110 lb
Max Speed 207 mph
Guns AMG-114 Hellfire missile; M60 machine gun or M240 machine gun or GAU-16/A machine gun or GAU-17/A minigun; Rapid Airborne Mine Clearance System (RAMICS) using Mk 44 Mod 0 30mm cannon


  Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC)
Displacement Fully Loaded 170-182 tons
Size Length: 87ft 11in, Beam: 47ft
Speed 70+ knots max; 40+ knots with full load
Range 200 miles at 40 knots
Armament 2x 12.7 mm machine guns. Can support: M-2HB .50 cal machine gun; MK-19 Mod3 40mm grenade laucher; M-60 machine gun ph
Crew 5


  Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC)
Displacement Light: 200 tons; Full Load: 375 tons
Size Length: 134.9ft; Beam:29ft
Speed 11 knots
Range 1,200 nautical miles
Armament 2x 12.77mm machine guns
Crew 10


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