USS Green Bay (LPD-20)
|Name:||USS Green Bay|
|Namesake:||The city & bay of Green Bay, Wisconsin|
|Ordered:||30 May 2000|
|Builder:||Northrop Grumman Ship Systems|
|Laid down:||11 August 2003|
|Christened:||15 July 2006|
|Launched:||11 August 2006|
|Acquired:||29 August 2008|
|Commissioned:||24 January 2009|
|Homeport:||San Diego, California|
|Motto:||Statum Bello Invictus Maneo (“Stand and Fight, Remain Unvanquished”)|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2014[update]|
|Class & type:||San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock|
|Displacement:||25,000 tons full|
|Length:||208.5 m (684 ft) overall,
201.4 m (661 ft) waterline
|Beam:|| 31.9 m (105 ft) extreme,
29.5 m (97 ft) waterline
|Draft:||7 m (23 ft)|
|Propulsion:||Four Colt-Pielstick diesel engines, two shafts, 40,000 hp (30 MW)|
|Speed:||22 knots (41 km/h)|
|Boats & landing
|Two LCACs (Landing Craft, Air Cushion)
or one Landing Craft Utility
|Capacity:||700 (66 officers, 633 enlisted Marines); with a surge to 800 total.|
|Complement:||28 officers, 332 enlisted sailors|
|Armament:||Two 30 mm Bushmaster II cannons - for surface threat defense;
two Rolling Airframe Missile launchers - for air defense
|Aircraft carried:||Four CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters or two MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft may be launched or recovered simultaneously, with many more than this carried.|
USS Green Bay (LPD-20) is a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock. She is the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for the city and bay of Green Bay, Wisconsin. This ship is designed to deliver a fully equipped battalion of 800 Marines.
The contract to build her was awarded to Northrop Grumman Ship Systems of New Orleans, Louisiana, on 30 May 2000 and her keel was laid down on 11 August 2003. Green Bay was christened on 15 July 2006 and commissioned on 24 January 2009 with Commander Joseph R. Olson, a native of Madison, Wisconsin, in command. Rose Magnus, the wife of the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Robert Magnus, served as the ship’s sponsor. Green Bay is assigned to the U.S. Pacific Fleet, and her home port is Naval Base San Diego.
The ship's name has resulted in a close connection to the people of Green Bay, Wisconsin and their professional football team, the Green Bay Packers. The ship's flight deck is named "Lambeau Field" after the name of the Packers' stadium. Green Bay businesses and residents presented the ship with a truckload of Packerland memorabilia for its 2009 commissioning.  
In 2009, Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 31 (VX-31) and USS Green Bay tested the feasibility of using the San Antonio class LPDs for AV-8B Harrier IIs V/STOL attack aircraft in emergency situations. The AV-8Bs were used in numerous tests for the San Antonio class's aviation certification, as well testing the effect of exhaust heat on the flight deck.
The ship went on its first deployment in February 2011 with the three-ship Boxer Amphibious Ready Group. The group, comprising 4,000 sailors and Marines from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, deployed for seven months to the United States 5th and 7th Fleet areas in the Asian region.
In March 2011, the ship was scheduled to assisted in relief efforts after the massive 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami struck Japan. It was rerouted into OEF Operation Enduring Freedom areas and never made it to Japan.
In May 2013, the USS Green Bay returned from an eight month deployment to the Middle East and Asia as part of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group, along with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
- Commissioning. City of Green Bay
- Liewer, Steve, "Navy's New Dock Ship To Be Based In San Diego", San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 January 2009.
- "USS Green Bay to get Taste of Namesake City". WSAW-TV. 9 January 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
- Cradler, Sheila (1 Feb 2010). "USS Green Bay personalized by symbols of namesake city". Green Bay Press-Gazette. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
- New ship: Harrier's emergency option?
- Fuentes, Gidget, "Misconduct claims lead to Green Bay XO’s firing", Military Times, 13 July 2011.
- Briand, Xavier (12 Mar 2011). "FACTBOX - U.S. Navy ships prepared for Japan earthquake relief". Reuters. Retrieved 17 July 2012..
This article contains information from the Naval Vessel Registry and various other U.S. Navy Web sites.
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