USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) Commissioned : Oct.15, 1977


Post Shakedown Availability (PSA)
Sep.23, 1978 - Apr.25, 1979

at Norfolk Naval Shipyard


(Last update on Apr.9, 2014)
USS SAIPAN (LHA 2)
Jun.14, 1979 - Aug.9, 1979 (Guantanamo)
AircraftRemarks
HH-53D41st ARRS DET./USAF
HH-53D55th ARRS DET./USAF
Participated :
Fleet Refresher Training at Naval Base, Guantanamo Bay
possible evacuation of American Embassy personnel off the Coast of Nicaragua


Repair Availability
Oct.26, 1979 - Jan.8, 1980

at Norfolk Naval Shipyard


(Last update on Nov.11, 2020)
36th MAU
HMH-461(C)
USS SAIPAN (LHA 2)
Feb.15, 1980 - Apr.18, 1980 (NorLant)
Modex
AircraftRemarks
CJ 1-2x
CH-53DHMH-461
CJ 3x
CH-46EHMM- DET.
CJ 4x
CJ 5x
AH-1T
UH-1N
HMA-269 DET.
embarked 36th MAU and HMH-461(C) on Feb.16-17, 1980
disembarked 36th MAU and HMH-461(C) on Apr.16-17, 1980
Participated :
NATO exercise ANORAK EXPRESS


Restricted Availability
Apr.18, 1980 - May 2, 1980

at Naval Station Norfolk


Intermediate Maintenance Availability
May 26, 1980 - Jul.8, 1980

at Naval Station Norfolk


(Last update on Nov.18, 2020)
34th MAU
HMM-162(C)
USS SAIPAN (LHA 2)
Jul.8, 1980 - Jul.30, 1980
(Vieques Operating Areas, Puerto Rico)
Modex
AircraftRemarks
YS 0x-1x
CH-46EHMM-162
YS 2x
CH-53DHMH-362 DET.
YS 3x
UH-1NHML-167 DET.
YS 4x
AH-1THMA-269 DET.
Participated :
exercise READEX 80


(Last update on Sep.23, 2015)
34th MAU
HMM-162(C)
USS SAIPAN (LHA 2)
Aug.27, 1980 - Feb.25, 1981 (NorLant, Med, Indian Ocean)
Modex
AircraftRemarks
YS 0x-1x
CH-46EHMM-162
YS 2x
CH-53DHMH-362 DET.
YS 3x
UH-1NHML-167 DET.
YS 4x
AH-1THMA-269 DET.
CG x
AV-8AVMA-231 DET. (*1)
ER xx
OV-10AVMO-1 DET. (*2)
xx
HH-46AHC- DET. (*3)
embarked 34th MEU and HMM-162(C) on Aug.29, 1980
disembarked 34th MEU and HMM-162(C) on Feb.23, 1981
(*1) 4 AV-8As embarked during NATO exercise TEAMWORK 80
after completed TEAMWORK 80, VMA-231 DET. crossdecked to LPH-2 IWO JIMA
(*2) 6 OV-10As embarked during NATO exercise TEAMWORK 80
after completed TEAMWORK 80, VMO-1 DET. crossdecked to LPH-2 IWO JIMA
(*3) assigned to USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) rather than to 34th MAU
Participated :
Sep.10, 1980 - Sep.24, 1980, NATO exercise TEAMWORK 80 in the NorLant


Selected Restricted Availability (SRA)
May 5, 1981 - Jul.2, 1981

at Norfolk Naval Shipyard


(Last update on Jun.30, 2010)
32nd MAU
HMM-264(C)
USS SAIPAN (LHA 2)
Sep.3, 1981 - Feb.24, 1982 (Med, Indian Ocean)
Modex
AircraftRemarks
EH 0x-1x
CH-46EHMM-264
EH xx
CH-53DHMH- DET.
EH xx
AH-1THMA-269 DET.
EH xx
UH-1NHML-167 DET.
Participated :
exercise OCEAN VENTURE PHASE VII in the Vicinity of the Canary Islands
exercise DISPLAY DETERMINATION 81 in the WestMed
exercise CRISEX 81 off the southern coast of Spain
exercise BRIGHT STAR 82 in Oman
exercise NATIONAL WEEK


(Last update on Oct.6, 2010)
4th MAB
HMM-264(C)
USS SAIPAN (LHA 2)
Apr.28, 1982 - May 28, 1982 (Caribbean)
Modex
AircraftRemarks
EH 0x-1x
CH-46EHMM-264
EH xx
CH-53DHMH- DET.
Participated :
exercise OCEAN VENTURE 1982


Complex Overhaul (COH)
Aug.20, 1982 - Jul.21, 1983

at Norfolk Naval Shipyard


(Last update on Nov.7, 2012)
26th MAU
HMH-362(C)
USS SAIPAN (LHA 2)
Feb.16, 1984 - Apr.28, 1984 (NorLant)
Modex
AircraftRemarks
YL 1-1x
CH-53DHMH-362
YL 2x
AH-1THMA-269 DET.
YL 3x
UH-1NHML-167 DET.
ER xx
OV-10AVMO-1 DET.
HW xx
CH-46DHC-6 DET.4 (*1)
(*1) assigned to USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) rather than to 26th MAU
Participated :
NATO exercise TEAMWORK 84


(Last update on Mar.16, 2011)
24th MAU
HMM-162(C)
USS SAIPAN (LHA 2)
Jan.22, 1985 - Aug.9, 1985 (Med)
Modex
AircraftRemarks
YS 0x-1x
CH-46EHMM-162
YS xx
AH-1T
UH-1N
HML-167 DET.
YS xx
CH-53DHMH-461 DET.
Participated :
exercise SARDINIA 85 at Capo Teulada, Sardinia
exercise DISTANT HAMMER 85 Phase One at Capo Teulada, Sardinia
exercise DISTANT HAMMER 85 Phase Two at Trieste, Italy


Selected Restricted Availability (SRA)
Oct.3, 1985 - Feb.11, 1986

at Norfolk Naval Shipyard


(Last update on Oct.2, 2019)
22nd MAU
HMM-162(C)
USS SAIPAN (LHA 2)
Aug.17, 1986 - Feb.24, 1987 (NorLant, Med)
Modex
AircraftRemarks
YS 0x-1x
CH-46EHMM-162
YS 2x
YS 3x
AH-1T
UH-1N
HMLA-269 DET.
YS 4x
CH-53EHMH-464 DET.
CG xx
AV-8B (*1)VMA-231 DET.A
ER xx
OV-10A (*2)VMO-1 DET.
 
UH-1N(*3)
embarked 22nd MAU on Aug.19, 1986
disembarked 22nd MAU on Feb.22, 1987
(*1) 4 AV-8Bs embarked during exercise AFRICAN EAGLE 08-17 Nov 1986
(*2) 2 OV-10As embarked during exercise NORTHERN WEDDING 17-29 Aug 1986
(*3) assigned to USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) rather than to 22nd MAU
Participated :
exercise NORTHERN WEDDING in Malangen fjord, northern Norway
exercise AFRICAN EAGLE in TanTan, Morocco


Complex Overhaul (COH)
Oct.30, 1987 - Feb.21, 1989

at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard


(Last update on Jan.14, 2015)
22nd MEU(SOC)
HMM-261(C)
USS SAIPAN (LHA 2)
Mar.7, 1990 - Sep.7, 1990 (Med)
Modex
AircraftRemarks
EM 0x-1x
CH-46EHMM-261
EM xx
CH-53DHMH-362 DET.
EM xx
EM xx
UH-1N
AH-1T
HMLA-167 DET.
EM 5x
AV-8BVMA-223 DET.
Participated :
operation SHARP EDGE off Liberia
NATO Exercise DRAGON HAMMER


Selected Restricted Availability (SRA)
Nov.13, 1990 - Jan.25, 1991

at Norfolk Naval Shipyard


(Last update on Feb.2, 2011)
22nd MEU(SOC)
HMM-261(Rein)
USS SAIPAN (LHA 2)
Sep.17, 1991 - Mar.17, 1992 (Med, Persian Gulf)
Modex
AircraftRemarks
EM 0x-1x
CH-46EHMM-261
EM xx
CH-53DHMH-362 DET.
EM xx
EM xx
UH-1N
AH-1W
HMLA- DET.
EM 5x
AV-8BVMA-231 DET.
Participated :
exercise EAGER MACE in Kuwait
exercise RED REEF III in Saudi Arabia
exercise SEA SOLDIER VI in Ras al Madrakah, Oman
exercise INDIGO MUSKET in Saudi Arabia


(Last update on Nov.24, 2010)
26th MEU(SOC)
HMM-264(Rein)
USS SAIPAN (LHA 2)
Mar.17, 1993 - Sep.10, 1993 (Med, Adriatic Sea)
Modex
AircraftRemarks
EH 0x-1x
CH-46EHMM-264
EH 2x
CH-53EHMH- DET.
EH 3x
EH 4x
UH-1N
AH-1W
HMLA-167 DET.
EH 5x
AV-8BVMA-231 DET.B
Participated :
operation PROVIDE PROMISE off the coast of Yugoslavia
operation DENY FLIGHT off the coast of Yugoslavia
operation SHARP GUARD off the coast of Yugoslavia
exercise Spanish PHIBLEX 1-93, Sierra de Retin, Spain
exercise ALEXANDROS-93, Pagasitikos Bay and Strimonikos Bay, Greece
exercise NOBLE SHIRLEY XIII in Israel
exercise NOBLE CHRIS-93 in Israel
exercise Tunisian PHIBLEX in Tunisia


Complex Overhaul (COH)
Apr.29, 1994 - Mar.23, 1995

at Norfolk Naval Shipyard


(Last update on May 13, 2020)
24th MEU(SOC)
HMM-266(Rein)
USS SAIPAN (LHA 2)
Jun.28, 1996 - Dec.21, 1996 (Med, Adriatic Sea)
Modex
AircraftRemarks
ES 0x-1x
CH-46EHMM-266
ES 2x
CH-53EHMH-461 DET.
ES 3x
ES 4x
UH-1N
AH-1W
HMLA-167 DET.
ES 5x
AV-8BVMA-542 DET.
BR 51, 57
HH-46DHC-8 DET.6 (*1)
(*1) assigned to USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) rather than to 24th MEU(SOC)
embarked 24th MEU on Jun.30, 1996
disembarked 24th MEU on Dec.19, 1996
Participated :
operation PROVIDE PROMISE in Bosnia-Herzegovina
operation DENY FLIGHT in Bosnia-Herzegovina
operation DECISIVE ENDEAVOR in Bosnia-Herzegovina
exercise RESCUE EAGLE in Albania
exercise DYNAMIC MIX in Turkey


Selected Restricted Availability (SRA)
Apr.7, 1997 - Aug.1, 1997

at Norfolk Naval Shipyard


(Last update on Nov.2, 2016)
22nd MEU(SOC)
HMM-162(Rein)
USS SAIPAN (LHA 2)
Jul.1, 1998 - Dec.9, 1998 (Med, Adriatic Sea)
Modex
AircraftRemarks
YS 0x-1x
CH-46EHMM-162
YS 2x
CH-53EHMH-464 DET.
YS 3x
YS 4x
UH-1N
AH-1W
HMLA-269 DET.
YS 5x
AV-8BVMA-223 DET.
HW 57, 67
HH-46DHC-6 DET.1 (*1)
(*1) assigned to USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) rather than to 22nd MEU(SOC)
Participated :
operation AUTUMN SHELTER in Congo
operation BALKAN CALM in Kosovo
operation SILVER KNIGHT in Albania
operation DELIBERATE FORGE in Bosnia-Herzegovina
exercise MATADOR 98 in Sigonella, Sicily
exercise COOPERATIVE BEST EFFORT in Republic of Macedonia
exercise ATLAS HINGE 98 in Tunisia
exercise DYNAMIC MIX 98 in Sardinia
exercise RESCUE EAGLE 1998 in Romania
exercise SEA BREEZE 98 in Ukraine


(Last update on Sep.4, 2019)
26th MEU(SOC)
HMM-264(Rein)
USS SAIPAN (LHA 2)
Jul.11, 2000 - Dec.19, 2000 (Med, Adriatic, Aegean)
Modex
AircraftRemarks
EH 0x-1x
CH-46EHMM-264
EH 2x
CH-53EHMH-461 DET.
EH 3x
EH 4x
UH-1N
AH-1W
HMLA-167 DET.
EH 5x
AV-8BVMA-231 DET.
BR xx
HH-46DHC-8 DET.1 (*1)
(*1) assigned to USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) rather than to 26th MEU(SOC)
Participated :
operation AURORA LIGHTNING off the coast of the former Yugoslavia
exercise ATLAS HINGE with the Tunisian military off the coast of Cap Serrat, Tunisia
exercise NOBLE SHIRLEY in the EastMed
exercise DESTINED GLORY in vicinity of Izmir, Turkey
exercise SLUNJ 2000 in vicinity of Rijeka, Croatia


(Last update on Jul.29, 2015)
2nd MEB (*1)
USS SAIPAN (LHA 2)
Amphibious Task Force East (ATF-E) (*1)
Jan.10, 2003 - Jun.26, 2003 (Med, Persian Gulf)
Modex
AircraftRemarks
YS xx
CH-46EHMM-162
HF xx
UH-1N
AH-1W
HMLA-269
TV xx
UH-1N
AH-1W
HMLA-167 DET.
HW xx, xx
MH-60SHC-6 DET.2 (*2)
(*1) 2nd MEB/ATF-E
USS Saipan (LHA 2)
USS Kearsarge (LHD 3)
USS Bataan (LHD 5)
USS Ponce (LPD 15)
USS Portland (LSD 37)
USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44)
USS Ashland (LSD 48)
(*2) assigned to USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) rather than to 2nd MEB
Participated :
operation IRAQI FREEDOM


(Last update on Oct.2, 2012)
USS SAIPAN (LHA 2)
Jan.19, 2005 - Mar.9, 2005 (Caribbean)
Modex
AircraftRemarks
BJ xx
MH-53EHM-14 DET.
HW xx
HH-46EHC-6 DET.
Participated :
support humanitarian relief efforts in Haiti


(Last update on Jan.25, 2012)
USS SAIPAN (LHA 2)
May 25, 2005 - Aug.25, 2005 (Med, Adriatic)
Modex
AircraftRemarks
HW xx
MH-60SHSC-26 DET.2
Participated :
British celebration of the 200th anniversary
of the Battle of Trafalger
multinational exercise with Albania and Macedonia, July 11-30,
in the Adriatic Sea


(Last update on Aug.30, 2017)
USS SAIPAN (LHA 2)
Expeditionary Action Group 3 (EAG-3)
Aug.15, 2006 - Dec.22, 2006 (Med, Persian Gulf)
Modex
AircraftRemarks
TB xx
MH-53EHM-15 DET.
HW xx
MH-60SHSC-26 DET.2
Participated :
mine countermeasure exercise in the Persian Gulf
maritime security operations (MSO) in the Persian Gulf


Decommissioned : Apr.20, 2007