Friday, April 12, 2024

USS Iwo Jima prepares for homeport shift to Norfolk

The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) departed from Naval Station Mayport, Florida, Dec. 10, commencing the ship’s homeport shift to Norfolk, Virginia.

According to a recent Navy news release, USS Iwo Jima departed Naval Station Mayport, Florida, to execute a homeport shift from Mayport to Naval Station Norfolk.

Iwo Jima’s reassignment to Naval Station Norfolk is part of a series of planned homeport shifts to consolidate amphibious ships in Hampton Roads while increasing the number of guided-missile destroyers in Mayport.


Iwo Jima is the seventh ship of the Wasp-class multipurpose amphibious assault ships. The ship main mission is to embark, deploy, land and support a Marine landing force.

The ship was specifically designed to accommodate air cushion, landing craft (LCAC) for fast troop movement over the beach and AV-8B Harrier or F-35B aircraft to provide close-in air support for the assault force. Iwo Jima can also carry up to 26 Navy/USMC helicopters for troop movement, air support, and search-and-rescue movements.

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Colton Jones is the deputy editor of Defence Blog. He is a US-based journalist, writer and publisher who specializes in the defense industry in North America and Europe. He has written about emerging technology in military magazines and elsewhere. He is a former Air Force airmen and served at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany.