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USS Saipan LHA-2

USS SAIPAN was the second ship in the TARAWA - class of amphibious assault ships and the second ship in the Navy to bear the name. Both decommissioned and stricken from the Navy list on April 20, 2007

Location: Norfolk, Virginia
Veterans: 13
Latest Activity: Sep 5, 2013

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Comment by Michael Alan Shoptaw on September 5, 2013 at 8:34pm

Reported aboard in Oct of 1979 as a lowly E-1 awaiting AE A school. Worked in AIMD Avionics Shop. Went through one yard period in Portsmith ship yard and a North Atlantic crew where I earned my Blue Nose. Went to A school in May of 1980. Served with some great people for a first command.

Comment by Jerry d Crite on April 29, 2012 at 9:16am

Reported aboard as a new CWO2 in 93, incharge of weapons magazines and flightdeck ordnance.

Comment by Paul Lloyd on October 2, 2011 at 8:35pm
Stationed on board Sept 85- Jan 88.
Comment by Angel C Villarini on May 24, 2011 at 11:31pm
Though I was Mount Whitney ships company I did go TAD with Comsecondflt in 87, while the Whitney was in dry dock. Comsecondflt made The Saipan his Flagship...I got to sail to Nassau Bahamas with the Saipan. I believe we were there for about 2 months...sad to hear she was decommissioned and later on turned into scrap.
Comment by Patrick Belle on November 2, 2009 at 9:18pm
The Saipan has left the Philadelphia Naval Shipping Yard and is heading to Texas to be scrapped. Sad times.
Comment by Patrick Belle on August 23, 2009 at 11:06am
Th Saipan was my first command straight out of Great Mistakes... 'eh Great Lakes! I worked the flight deck and loved my job! Nothing like being an Airdale.
Comment by Randall wagoner on June 15, 2009 at 9:55pm
was my first command i went to 1987-1990

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