The flagship of the 2008 flotilla
was USS WASP (LHD 1), an
amphibious assault ship. WASP
can carry 1,600 Marines and their
equipment, land them by sea or by
air and provide close air support
once the Marines have landed with
helicopters and Harrier jets. She
also has an extensive hospital that
can provide medical assistance to
600 patients. This facility is used
to treat both combat casualties and
to provide humanitarian assistance.
In fact, WASP was diverted twice
during a recent deployment to
render medical help to people on
DISPLACEMENT: 40,650 full load
LENGTH: 844 feet
BEAM: 106 feet
SPEED: Approx. 24 knots
POWER PLANT: Steam turbine
Visitors to WASP inspect an MV-22
USS WINSTON CHURCHILL (DDG
81) is an Arleigh Burke-class
destroyer. Named after the famous
British statesman, she is the only U.S.
Navy ship to always have a Royal
Navy officer assigned to her. She is
equipped with a 5 inch 62 caliber gun
for use against surface ships and
aircraft as well as to provide naval
gunfire support. In addition, she can
carry 96 vertically launched missiles,
torpedoes and a helicopter.
DISPLACEMENT: 9,195 tons.
LENGTH: 509.5 feet.
BEAM: 59 feet.
SPEED: 30+ knots.
POWER PLANT: Gas turbines.
The forward vertical launch missile
USS OSCAR AUSTIN (DDG 79) is a
sister ship to the WINSTON
CHURCHILL. These are multi-mission
ships designed to perform the traditional
destroyer role of escorting capital ships
but also of engaging in independent
action Both ships are of the Flight IIA
version - - the most recent variant of
the Arleigh Burke-class.
USS HUE CITY (CG 66) and USS
STEPHEN W. GROVES (FFG 29)
participated in Fleet Week but not in the
opening Parade of Ships. HUE CITY is
sister to SAN JACINTO.
STEPHEN W. GROVES is an Oliver
Perry-class frigate. Originally designed
to combat Soviet submarines, today's
frigates have successfully adapted to a
new role of intercepting drug smugglers
and pirates. In fact, STEPHEN W.
GROOVES had recently returned from
highly successful anti-drug deployment in
USCGC TYBEE (WPB 1330) is a
Island class patrol boat. She is a high
speed ship with a range of nearly 2,000
nautical miles. This makes these vessels
well-suited for interdicting drug
and for protecting against illegal fishing.
Although small compared to
the other Fleet Week ships,
TYBEE packs a powerful
punch with its 25mm gun
and two 50 caliber machine
DISPLACEMENT: 154 tons full load.
LENGTH: 110 feet.
BEAM: 21 feet.
SPEED: 30 knots.
POWER PLANT: Diesel engines.
Representing the home team was
KATHERINE WALKER (WLM 552),
buoy tender assigned to New York
addition to working with aides to
KATHERINE WALKER also does
and can act as a command and control
DISPLACEMENT: 840 tons full load.
LENGTH: 175 feet.
BEAM: 36 feet.
SPEED: 12 knots
POWER PLANT: diesel reduction gear,
USS SAN JACINTO (CG 56) is a
Ticonderoga-class Aegis cruiser. She
recently completed the first phase of the
Cruiser modernization program, which is
intended to ensure that these ships
viable well into the 21st century. SAN
JACINTO's mission is two-fold. First,
can offer protection to the other ships in
strike group against aircraft, missiles,
submarines and surface combatants.
Second, the ship can take offensive
against other ships and land targets with
her missiles and in support of troops
landed on a beach with naval gunfire.
DISPLACEMENT: 9,600 tons full load.
LENGTH: 563 feet.
BEAM: 55 feet.
SPEED: 30+ knots.
POWER PLANT: Gas turbine.
One of two five inch 54 caliber