USS JUNEAU LPD 10
February 21, 2002 USS Juneau, commanded by, Capt. Andrew C. McCawley, arrived off the coast of Dili, East Timor, to assist the U.S. Support Group East Timor (USGET) with several humanitarian and civic assistance projects. The ship will remain in East Timor for approximately three days before continuing with its current underway-training period. Juneau arrived off the coast after visiting Darwin, Australia, where the crew joined the local citizens in commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Darwin in February 1942. During this underway period, Juneau has also visited Sydney and Cairns.
September 10, USS Juneau departed the White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, as part of the USS Essex ARG, to conduct a semi-annual joint exercise designed to integrate the Navy/Marine Corps team into one cohesive combat force. The Juneau and USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) arrived in White Beach with Essex after departing from their forward-deployed port of Sasebo, Japan, on Sept. 6. The ARG will remain in the vicinity of Okinawa to conduct an exercise made up of three phases, referred to as Blue-Green Workups, ARG Exercise and Special Operations Capable (SOC) Exercise.
.March 10, 2003 USS Essex ARG are off the coast of Iwo Jima to participate in 58th commemoration of the historic WW II battle.
August 2004 USS Juneau, as part of the Essex ESG-3, deployed to Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
December 1, Capt. Ronald Horton relieved Capt. Kevin E. O'Flaherty as commanding officer of USS Juneau during a change of command ceremony held pierside in Muscat, Oman. O'Flaherty took command of Juneau in May 2003. Under his leadership, the Juneau participated in joint and multinational exercises in the Pacific area of operations, and was called upon to serve in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of the sovereign government of Iraq.
April 6, 2005 USS Juneau returned to Sasebo, Japan, completing a successful eight-month deployment that included operations in the Persian Gulf and in support of Operation Unified Assistance, following the Dec. 26 tsunami in Southeast Asia.
May 11, LPD 10 is currently undergoing a six-week Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).
October 18, The Essex ARG, including USS Juneau, and 31st MEU are currently conducting Blue-Green workups and Amphibious Ready Group Exercises in East China Sea.
October 23, USS Juneau held a “steel beach” barbecue on its flight deck to reward crew members for their hard work so far on the ship’s fall deployment and participation in Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) '06 in the Republic of the Philippines. The Sasebo-based ship arrived in the Republic of the Philippines on 22nd for Talon Vision and PHIBLEX 06.
November 13, The Amphibious Ready Group arrived in Hong Kong for a four-day port visit. The three ships left White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 9 after unloading Marines and equipment of the 31st MEU.
November 21, USS Juneau returned to Sasebo, Japan, after completing a successful seven-week fall deployment. The ARG departed Sasebo Oct. 7 to conduct integrated and bilateral exercises with Okinawa and the Republic of the Philippines.
January 21, 2006 The Forward Deployed Amphibious Ready Group departed Okinawa, Japan, for Blue-Green Workups and ARG Exercise (ARGEX) after embarking Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).
February 26, The Forward Deployed ARG consisting of LHD 2, LSD 49 and LPD 10, along with USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) arrived in Subic Bay Feb. 17 for the bilateral exercise Balikatan 2006, but were immediately called to assist in the relief efforts in Southern Leyte. USS Juneau split with the ARG to complete the Civil Military Operations (CMO), as part of Balikatan on the island of Jolo in Sulu Province, as the primary sea-based platform.
March 14, USS Juneau returned to Sasebo completing bilateral training in the Republic of Philippines and Guam.
March 24, LPD 10 arrived in the Republic of Korea (ROK) to conduct Reception, Staging, Onward-Movement and Integration (RSOI) and Foal Eagle (FE) 2006.
April 4, Ships assigned to the Essex ARG arrived in Pohang, Republic of Korea, April 2nd to offload the ROK Marines and to backload personnel and equipment assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) after the completion of RSIO/FE 2006.
May 3, The amphibious transport dock is off the coast of Okinawa offloading personnel and equipment of the 31st MEU in White Beach Naval Facility.
May 12, USS Juneau, commanded by Capt. John D. Alexander, is en route to participate in the 25th anniversary of the annual U.S./Thai exercise Cobra Gold 2006, to be held in the Kingdom of Thailand, May 15-26, promoting regional stability and security.
June 13, LPD 10 returned to Sasebo, Japan, after a five-month training cycle known as Spring Patrol.
October 4, USS Juneau completed the initial workup process with the Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). During the workups, which began when LPD 10 departed White Beach Naval Facility Sept. 29 after onloading Marines and their equipment, the ship and its crew have recovered landing craft, air cushions (LCACs), embarked a landing craft utility (LCU), certified Marine pilots for deck landings (DLQs), and launched and recovered combat rubber raiding crafts (CRRCs). The successful workups come after the ship recently exited a three-month ship’s restricted availability (SRA) period, in which Juneau underwent an overhaul with much of its systems and overall material condition. Juneau conducted a series of sea trials and then went right to training with the Marines. Juneau’s first day back on the water was Sept. 16. The ship charted a course toward Yokosuka to run the Ships Electrical Systems Evaluation Facility (SESEF) range and a myriad of other evolutions all to ensure Juneau’s readiness for operations at sea. After completing the SESEF range, the amphibious transport dock returned to Sasebo, anchoring out in the Sasebo Harbor to onload the ammunition needed for the fall patrol. The ship took on fuel and then departed again Sept. 23 for White Beach and the reunion with the MEU.
October 15, The amphibious transport dock is currently at Subic Bay, Philippines, preparing for exercises with the Republic of the Philippines. USS Juneau successfully finished Blue-Green workups and departed White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, for its fall patrol Oct. 12.
October 19, The Juneau began Talon Vision and Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) '07 with an official joint ceremony held at the Ft. Bonifacio Naval Station in Taguig City, Oct. 16. The two annual exercises, which will run concurrently Oct. 16-31, will partner 5,700 U.S. and 1,300 Philippine military personnel for two weeks of training. The Essex will primarily support the exercises in Luzon while USS Juneau and USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) will train in the vicinity of Palawan.
November 4, LPD 10 departed Subic Bay, Philippines, after completing a four-day port visit.
November 15, The amphibious transport dock arrived in Zhanjiang, People’s Republic of China, for a scheduled port visit and a search and rescue exercise (SAREX).
November 19, USS Juneau and USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) joined with the People’s Liberation Army (Navy) (PLA(N)) ship Zhanjiang (DD 165) in the second phase of a search and rescue exercise (SAREX).
November 25, LPD 10 returned to Sasebo, Japan, completing its fall underway period.
February 3, 2007 USS Juneau, as part of the Essex Amphibious Rady Group (ARG), is currently off the coast of Okinawa conducting a two week Blue-Green workups in preparation for their spring patrol.
February 26, The amphibious transport dock ship departed Subic Bay, Philippines, after a three-day port call.
March 23, Essex Expeditionary Strike Group, including USS Juneau, and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit are conducting exercises, off the coast of South Korea, with Republic of Korea armed forces as part of Reception Staging Onward-Movement and Integration and Foal Eagle 2007 (RSOI/FE 07).
April 4, LPD 10 pulled to Busan, ROK, for a scheduled port visit following the conclusion of Foal Eagle 2007.
April 16, USS Juneau returned to Sasebo after a successful Spring Patrol 2007.
May 20, The amphibious transport dock departed homeport to participate in Exercise Talisman Saber 07 with the Essex ARG.
June 6, USS Juneau arrived in Brisbane, Australia, for a four-day port visit in preparation for the upcoming bilateral exercise Talisman Saber 2007.
July 10, The Juneau recently departed Sydney, Australia, after a scheduled port call.
July 24, USS Juneau, commanded by Capt. Kent D. Whalen, returned to homeport after a two-month sumer deployment.
October 16, LPD 10 recently arrived in Subic Bay, Philippines, for a scheduled port call. USS Juneau is currently on its fall patrol throughout the South Pacific region, as part of the Essex ARG. Talon Vision and PHIBLEX 08 are training exercises and will run concurrently Oct. 15-31, and will partner 2,700 U.S. and 1,300 Philippine military personnel for two weeks of training emphasizing the importance of U.S. military forces from Japan in supporting the peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific region.
November 15, USS Juneau is currently participating in a joint training exercise with the Republic of Korea forces off the coast of Pohang.
February 8, 2007 USS Juneau, as part of the Essex ESG, is currently off the coast of Okinawa conducting a two week Blue-Green workups in preparation for their spring patrol.
February 24, The amphibious transport dock ship is currently in the Philippine Sea participating in the annual bilateral exercise Balikatan 2008 between the Republic of the Philippines and the United States.
May 9, USS Essex, USS Juneau and USS Harpers Ferry are ordered to depart the Gulf of Thailand, where participated in Exercise Cobra Gold 2008, to the Andaman Sea off the coast of Burma for potential humanitarian assistance operations in the wake of cyclone Nargis. USS Mustin (DDG 89), currently assigned to Kitty Hawk CSG, will join them.
June 26, LPD 10 returned to Sasebo from its final underway period before decommissioned later this year. The Juneau will be mothballed after making the trip back across the Pacific but the "hull swap" will keep her crew of about 435 Sailors and their families in Japan with USS Denver (LPD 9).
July 13, USS Juneau, commanded by Capt. Dennis Mikeska, departed Sasebo for the last time to its new homeport of San Diego. The two amphibious transport docks wrapped up the hull swap on July 10, during a command exchange ceremony aboard USS Denver.
July 30, LPD 10 departed Juneau after a four-day port visit to its namesake city in Alaska.
October 30, USS Juneau is decommissioned after a 39 years of service and will head to Hawaii to be placed in the National Defense Reserve Fleet.