U.S. Navy’s amphibious assault ship, USS Bataan (LHD-5) has completed 20 years of military service on Sept. 20, 2017.
The ceremony included live music performances by several service members and a special video to honor the ship’s birthday. The ceremony concluded with a birthday cake cutting and some music while the crew members mingled and celebrated.
USS Bataan, a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, was commissioned twenty years ago on September 20, 1997. Linda Sloan Mundy, the wife of former Marine Corps Commandant General Carl E. Mundy Jr., sponsored the ship.
The ship is named to honor the defense of the Bataan Peninsula on the western side of Manila Bay in the Philippines during the early days of US involvement in World War II.
The ship has participated in various military operations like the Operation Enduring Freedom, Iraq War and the 2014 air campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
It also participated in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) missions after the 2008 Hurricane Gustav and the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
Bataan and its amphibious ready group are now transiting home after completing a scheduled deployment to the 5th and 6th Fleet Area of Operations.