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Aerial photo of HMS FORMIDABLE returning to Sydney from her special mission of repatriating British and Australians who were imprisoned by the Japanese.
Source: © IWM A 30904

Taranto, 30 April 2021. The Italian Navy Cavour aircraft carrier has returned to Taranto this morning at the Mar Grande naval station, thus ending, after three months, the Ready for Operations (RFO) Campaign. The ship was “greeted” in the Ionian Sea by the missile destroyer Andrea Doria, the amphibious ship San Giusto and the submarine Prini.

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USS Peleliu (LHA-5) was commissioned on 3 May, 1980 at Pascagoula, Mississippi. Last of the Tarawa-class ships, she was one of 24 U.S. ships that provided humanitarian relief following the 17 October 1989 earthquake in the San Francisco area. USS Peleliu provided shelter for 300 victims and provided helicopter support. Frigate Lang provided steam for power generation, frigate Gray provided electric power, and guided missile cruiser Texas provided communications support. Helicopter detachments also flew from combat support oiler Kansas City and ammunition ship Flint, and Marines from the LST Schenectady aided local relief efforts.
Lt. Joel Todd Martinique died and five were injured when a UH-1N Huey helicopter hit the water after taking off from Peleliu in October 1993. The aircraft was conducting a medical evacuation mission for a suspected appendicitis victim. Lt. Martinique, a naval doctor, was accompanying the patient when the Huey went into the water. The aircraft was assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 163(C).
In 2001 USS Peleliu participated in Operation Enduring Freedom, with troops embarked from her making an air assault to take a desert airstrip in southern Afghanistan later known as Forward Operating Base (FOB) or Camp Rhino. This 400-mile mission was the longest-ever air assault in US Navy history. Camp Rhino map:

The following November, Marines from Peleliu took part in Exercise Image Nautilus, a humanitarian assistance operation in Djibouti, providing medical and dental care to almost 1,400 Djiboutians, and helping repair a local clinic.
In 2007 USS Peleliu provided medical assistance and training to several South Asian nations, including Vietnam, the Philippines, and the Marshall Islands, as part of a multinational effort, Pacific Partnership.
The next year, Peleliu successfully deterred an armed piracy incident while assigned to Operation Iraqi Freedom, saving the targeted ship with no injuries.
When Pakistan was subjected to record flooding in 2010, USS Peleliu carried out rescue operations with her helicopters. Despite reported Taliban threats and the killing of three Christian missionaries in Pakistan, Peleliu continued the mission. Although 2000 died, many more would have been victims without the humanitarian aid offered by the United States and other nations.
USS Peleliu was decommissioned at San Diego, California in 2015 and towed to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where she is laid up in reserve.
The ship's history:
LHA-5: Displacement 26,255 (light), 39,925 tons (full)
Length 820’; Beam 106’; Draft 27’; Speed 24 knots
Complement 964, troop capacity 1,900+
Armament: 2 Rolling Airframe Missile launchers
2 x Phalanx 20 mm CIWS mount
3 x .50 caliber machine guns
4 x 25 mm Mk 38 machine guns
Aircraft: 12 CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters
4 CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopters
6 AV-8B Harrier attack aircraft
3 UH-1N Huey helicopters
4 AH-1W Super Cobra helicopters
Landing/attack craft: 4 Landing Craft, Utility (LCU) or
2 LCUs and 1 Landing Craft, Air Cushion


USS Peleliu (LHA-5) underway in the Pacific Ocean off Peleliu Island, 6 February 1984. (Photographer’s Mate, Second Class G. Leech, U.S. Navy Photograph NH 107658 from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command).


15th MEU Special Operations Capable AH-1W Super Cobra helicopters launch from Peleliu in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, 13 October 2001. (Lance Cpl. Matthew J. Decker, U.S. Marine Corps Photograph 011013-M-9933D-009, Photos).


Peleliu anchors for well deck operations and flight quarters in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 8 January 2002. (Photographers Mate 3rd Class Ryan M. Kitchell, U.S. Navy Photograph 020108-N-9467K-161, Photos).


An MH-60S Seahawk takes off from Peleliu carrying disaster relief supplies to Pakistan, 6 September 2010. (Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ian Campbell, U.S. Navy Photograph 100906-N-1485C-410, Photos).


Peleliu underway in the Philippine Sea, 22 October 2014. (Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joshua Hammond, U.S. Navy Photograph 141022-N-NZ935-057, Photos).Peleliu underway in the Pacific Ocean off Peleliu Island, 6 February 1984. (Photographer’s Mate, Second Class G. Leech, U.S. Navy Photograph NH 107658 from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command).
USS Enterprise pictured at Pearl Harbor in late May '42, prior to departing for Midway on May 28th 1942.

Ten years ago today, President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden, who had organized the 9/11 attacks against the United States. Killed in Pakistan, bin Laden was transported to the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) and buried at sea according to Muslim tradition, as no nation was willing to accept his body for burial. Good riddance.

U.S. Naval Institute Archive Photo of the Week: Martin T4M-1 torpedo bombers on the deck of the USS Lexington (CV-2) about to be lowered into the storerooms beneath deck during naval air maneuvers off the Virginia coast, 1928.

Battle of Midway, June 1942
Bomb fragment damage in the hangar of USS Yorktown (CV-5), 4 June 1942. This damage was caused by a bomb that detonated on the flight deck just aft of the midships elevator, sending fragments into the hangar and setting fires that were quickly extinguished. Note water on the deck; also ordnance carts and chain fall mechanism stowed in the area. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.

Led by HMS Queen Elizabeth, UK Carrier Strike Group will sail to India, Japan, South Korea and Indonesia.
This will be the largest concentration of maritime and air power to ever leave the UK.
The UK’s Carrier Strike Group will visit more than one fifth of the world’s nations when it sails next month.
Led by HMS Queen Elizabeth, the task group will visit 40 nations including India, Japan, Republic of Korea and Singapore in a deployment covering 26,000 nautical miles.
The group will also join up and take part in exercises with French carrier FS Charles De Gaulle in the Mediterranean as well as navies and aircraft from allies such as the US, Canada, Denmark, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan and the UAE.
While in the Pacific, ships from the Carrier Strike Group will mark the 50th anniversary of the Five Powers Defence Arrangements between Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and the UK by taking part in Exercise Bersama Lima.
Joining HMS Queen Elizabeth on her maiden deployment are destroyers HMS Diamond and Defender; frigates HMS Richmond and Kent; an Astute-class submarine in support below the waves; and Royal Fleet Auxiliary support ships RFA Fort Victoria and RFA Tidespring.
More than 30 aircraft will also embark across the task group including F-35 jets from 617 Squadron, the Dambusters, and the US Marine Corps’ VMFA-211; Wildcat helicopters from 815 Naval Air Squadron and Merlin helicopters from 820 and 845 Naval Air Squadrons.
Royal Marines from 42 Commando will also deploy with the carrier.
Dutch frigate HNLMS Evertsen and American Arleigh Burke destroyer USS The Sullivans are also part of the strike group.

The attack plan was created by PRINCETON’s Commanding Officer, Captain William O. Gallery, USN, One of three brothers who were graduates of US Naval Academy and namesakes of a frigate. He was a decorated combat naval aviator and commanded three ships. He was retired as a Rear Admiral as were two brothers. William Gallery recommissioned PRINCETON in record time.

May 2, 1958 as USS FORRESTAL CVA-59 steamed company with Task Group 23.1 composed of USS PUTNAM DD-757 and USS HENLEY DD-762 proceeding to Mayport, FL. Captain Richard E. Kibbe, USN, Commanding Officer.
Record Landing.
USS FORRESTAL’s 19,000 Arrested landing, was completed by Lieutenant Ty Dedman pilot of VAH-5 and piloting a A3D Skywarrior, also aboard were Ensign Don Brough, navigator and AQ1 John Diselrod crewman.
At about 0820 a Whale had landed on FORRESTAL’s flight deck. This Whale is the two jet engine variety better known as an A3D Skywarrior that requires a pilot, navigator and a crewman aboard. The Skywarrior is the largest carrier based aircraft in the Navy’s inventory.
LT Ty Dedman made the historical landing this morning. Aboard the Skywarrior as Navigator was Ensign Don Brough, this being his initial arrested landing and crewmember Aviation Fire Control Technician First Class, John Diselrod.
This is not the first time, however, that LT Dedman has made a historical landing. Back in 1952 he made the 50,000th landing on the USS LEYTE CVA-32, that time he was piloting an AD Skyraider.
When asked how he felt about this most significant landing aboard FORRESTAL, LT Dedman stated, “I am at a loss for words right now. But, I would like to say is that the big deck of FORRESTAL looked very good.”

01 May 1955
The last flying operations took place from HMAS SYDNEY, while she served as a frontline aircraft carrier.
The ship was then converted to a training ship, and by the mid 1960's had been further converted into a fast troop transport, to convey Australian troops to South East Asia and Vietnam.
The last flights from Sydney were in 1973 when she embarked helicopters while carrying Army units. #NAAQLD


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