USS Carter Hall (LSD-50)
|Ordered:||22 December 1989|
|Laid down:||11 November 1991|
|Launched:||2 October 1993|
|Commissioned:||30 September 1995|
|Homeport:||NAB Little Creek, Virginia|
|Motto:||Working For Peace Ready For War|
|Nickname(s):||"Carter Hell" "Cell Block 50"|
|Status:||in active service|
|Class and type:||Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship|
|Length:||610 ft (190 m)|
|Beam:||84 ft (26 m)|
|Draft:||21 ft (6.4 m)|
|Propulsion:||4 Colt Industries, 16-cylinder diesel engines, 2 shafts, 33,000 shp (25,000 kW)|
|Speed:||over 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)|
|Boats & landing
USS Carter Hall (LSD-50) is a Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship of the United States Navy. She is the second U.S. Navy ship to be named for Carter Hall, an estate near Winchester, Virginia, built in the 1790s.
The mission of the Landing Ship Dock (LSD) is to transport and launch amphibious craft, vehicles, crews and embarked personnel in an amphibious assault. An LSD can also render limited docking and repair service to small ships and craft, and act as the Primary Control Ship (PCS) during amphibious assaults.
Carter Hall is a Cargo Variant (CV) of the Whidbey Island class. A significant difference between the two classes is that Carter Hall's well deck has been shortened from 440 feet (130 m) to 180 feet (55 m). This provides Marines with added vehicle and cargo storage areas. The well deck can hold two Landing Craft Air Cushions (LCAC) and a variety of landing craft and tracked amphibious assault vehicles. Carter Hall's two-spot flight deck can land and service any helicopter in the Navy and Marine Corps inventory.
In 2001, Carter Hall deployed to the Mediterranean Sea from 15 April to 15 October 2001.
On 2 June 2007, Carter Hall engaged pirates after they boarded the Danish ship MV Danica White off the coast of Somalia. The LSD destroyed three small boats being towed behind the captured vessel, but was unable to pursue after the vessel entered Somalian waters.
Ship's coat of arms
The colors of the field red, white, and blue, stand for the United States. The saltier recalls the heritage of the South in the history of Carter Hall in Millwood, Virginia. The anchor represents the Navy. The times are in the form of pheons, symbolizing the mission of support to assault operations. The loose rope intertwined with the anchor signifies freedom. The border denotes unity. Dark blue and gold are the colors traditional associated with the Navy; red for courage, white for integrity. The griffin denotes courage and vigilance. The crown refers to the heritage of Carter Hall, recalling the Great grandfather of its builder, known as "King" Carter. The battle stars of the first Carter Hall (LSD-3) are commemorated by the arc of battle stars, five gold for her service in Vietnam. The motto is underscored by the olive branch for peace and the oak for war. Gold is for excellence and red for courage. The arms are emblazoned on a white oval enclosed by a blue collar edge on the outside with a gold rope and bearing the inscription "USS Carter Hall" at the top and "LSD-50" at the bottom in gold.
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- Bacon, Lance M. (13 January 2010). "Carl Vinson, 6 Other Ships Headed to Haiti". Navy Times. Retrieved 2010-01-13.
- Kirby, John (31 October 2012). "Oct. 31st – Hurricane Sandy Update". Department of the Navy, Office of Information. Retrieved 2012-11-01.
- USS Carter Hall official website
- navsource.org: USS Carter Hall
- nvr.navy.mil: USS Carter Hall
- navysite.de: USS Carter Hall
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