July 4th 2008 visit of the USS Whidbey Island LSD-
Wednesday August 27, 2008 at 10:59 PM by Rod
To honor and celebrate the occasion of the visit of the USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41) to upper Narragansett Bay July 3rd to July 6th 2008.
The Whidbey Island (under the command of CDR Michael Junge) arived in upper Narragansett Bay on a goodwill mission to take part in the anual Bristol Rhode Island 4th of July festivities that are the oldest continuous celebration of its kind in the US, established in 1785.
The USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41) is the lead ship of the Whidbey Island class of dock landing ships of the United States Navy. She was commissioned in February 1985 and has been in active service ever since. She has had multiple deployments over that span of time to many parts of the globe and has always returned home safely. She is home ported at the Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base in Little Creek Virginia. Details of her deployments can be found at:
Her most recent deployment commenced in October 2007 with her joining the U.S. fifth fleet and taking part Maritime Security Operations. http://www.whidbey-island.navy.mil/Site%20Pages/history.aspx
I had the honor of visiting this fine ship twice during the time she was anchored in upper Narragansett Bay. I had the good fortune to speak with her Commanding Officer as well as many of her crew in the span of my 2 visits. I am humbled by the experience and have a renewed sense of patriotism as a result. The pictures that follow, I hope, will portray what I feel is the essence of the USS Whidbey Island. You will see pictures of the ship as well as the fine crew that work on her. One can not exist with out the other. I hope that as you view the following pictures, that you will pause and take a minute to thank someone you know who is either active or retired military for their service to their country. Their sacrifices are the reason that you are able to view websites such as this.
Happy 4th of July!
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