USS TARAWA (LHA 1) Commissioned : May 29, 1976
at Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagouls, Mississippi


(Last update on Apr.9, 2014)
USS TARAWA (LHA 1)
Jul.7, 1976 - Aug.6, 1976
Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi to home port of San Diego, California
via the Panama Canal
Modex
AircraftRemarks
NW 7x
HH-3AHC-9 Tarawa Detachment


Post Shakedown Availability/Restricted Availability (PSA/RAV)
Aug.13, 1977 - Jul.15, 1978
at Long Beach Naval Shipyard


(Last update on Apr.24, 2013)
31st MAU (*1)
HMM-262(C)
USS TARAWA (LHA 1)
Mar.1, 1979 - Sep.21, 1979 (WestPac)
Modex
AircraftRemarks
ET xx
CH-46FHMM-262 (*2)
YH xx
CH-53DHMH-463 DET. (*3)
SN xx
AH-1J
UH-1N
HMA-169 DET.A (*4)
CG xx
AV-8AVMA-231 DET.B (*5)
(*1) 31st MAU deployed aboard the TARAWA from Apr.9, 1979 to Aug.16, 1979.
(*2) HMM-262 deployed aboard the TARAWA from Mar.9, 1979 to Sep.10, 1979.
(*3) HMH-463 deployed aboard the TARAWA from Mar.9, 1979 to Sep.10, 1979.
(*4) HMA-169 DET. deployed aboard the TARAWA from Mar.1, 1979 to Aug.16, 1979.
(*5) VMA-231 DET.B deployed aboard the TARAWA from Mar.1, 1979 to Apr.4, 1979.
Participated :
exercise MIDPAC PHIBLEX 1-79 in the Hawaiian Operating Area
exercise LANDEX 2-79 off Zambales, RP
exercise MAULEX 2-79 off Botolan, RP
exercise LOADEX/LANDEX at Buckner Bay, Okinawa, Japan
exercise MAFLEX FORTRESS GALE in Okinawa, Japan


Planned Restricted Availability (PRAV)
Nov.21, 1979 - Apr.28, 1980
at Naval Station San Diego


(Last update on Jan.3, 2018)
31st MAU (*1)
HMM-265(C)
USS TARAWA (LHA 1)
Oct.14, 1980 - Apr.16, 1981 (WestPac, Indian Ocean)
Modex
AircraftRemarks
EP xx
CH-46EHMM-265 (*2)
EP 2x
CH-53DHMH-463 DET.
EP xx
AH-1T
UH-1N
HMA-169 DET.
EP 5x
AV-8AVMA-513 DET. (*3)
(*1) 31st MAU deployed aboard the TARAWA from Oct.24, 1980 to Apr.7, 1981.
(*2) HMM-265 deployed aboard the TARAWA from Oct.24, 1980 to Apr.7, 1981.
(*3) VMA-513 DET. deployed aboard the TARAWA from Oct.24, 1980 to Apr.16, 1981.
Participated :
exercise PHIBLEX off Mindoro, Republic of the Philippines
exercise VALIANT BLITZ off Mindoro, Republic of the Philippines
exercise VALIANT USHER 81-3 in the Lancelin Operations Area, Western Australia
exercise TEAM SPIRIT 81 in the environs of Pusan, Republic of Korea
exercise VALIANT FLEX 81-2 in the environs of Pusan, Republic of Korea


Complex Ooverhaul (COH)
Jul.24 1981 - Aug.27, 1982
at Long Beach Naval Shipyard


(Last update on Jun.15, 2011)
31st MAU
HMM-165(C)
USS TARAWA (LHA 1)
Apr.27, 1983 - Nov.22, 1983 (WestPac, Indian Ocean, Med)
Modex
AircraftRemarks
YW xxx
CH-46EHMM-165 (*1)
YW xxx
CH-53DHMH- DET.
YW xxx
AH-1T
UH-1N
HMA-169 DET.
YW xxx
AV-8AVMA-231 DET.B
(*1) HMM-165 deployed aboard the TARAWA from May 4, 1983 to Nov. 14, 1983.
Participated :
exercise BELL VOLCANO 83-1 in the Hawaiian Operating Area
exercise TRANSITEX 83-14 in the Buckner Bay, Okinawa
exercise VALIANT BLITZ 83-3 in the Okinawa Operating Area
exercise COBRA GOLD 83 in the Gulf of Thailand
exercise BRIGHT STAR off the coast of Berbera, Somalia
in support of U.S. Component of the Multinational Peacekeeping Forces
off the coast of Beirut, Lebanon


Extended Selected Restricted Availability (ESRA)
Jan.9, 1984 - Jun.8, 1984
at Naval Station San Diego


(Last update on May 14, 2014)
31st MAU (*2)
HMM-262(C)
USS TARAWA (LHA 1)
Oct.18, 1984 - Apr.26, 1985 (WestPac)
Modex
AircraftRemarks
ET 0x-1x
CH-46EHMM-262 (*3)
ET 2x
CH-53DHMH- DET.
ET 3x
ET 4x
AH-1T
UH-1N
HMA-169 DET.A
WF 5x
AV-8CVMA-513 DET.B
01
UH-1NBu.No. 160830 "Eagle One" (*1)
(*1) assigned to USS TARAWA (LHA 1) rather than to 31st MAU
(*2) 31st MAU cross-decked from LPH-11 NEW ORLEANS on Nov.19, 1984 at Japan.
(*3) HMM-262 deployed aboard the TARAWA from Oct.26, 1984 to Apr.17, 1985.
Nov.19, 1984,
GCE offloaded at Numazu, Japan, and proceeded to Camp Fuji
ACE positioned to NAF Atsugi, Japan
Nov.21-Dec.17, 1984,
TARAWA upkeep period in Yokosuka
Dec.18, 1984,
GCE re-embarked off Numazu
ACE re-embarked off NAF Atsugi

Participated :
exercise BELL VOLCANO 85-1 in the Hawaiian Operating Area
exercise PHIBLEX in the Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines
exercise VALIANT USHER in the Okinawa operations area
exercise TEAM SPIRIT 85 in the environs of Pusan, Republic of Korea


Selected Restricted Availability (SRA)
Sep.5, 1985 - Dec.20, 1985
at Naval Station San Diego


(Last update on Aug.19, 2009)
13th MAU
HMM-161(C)
USS TARAWA (LHA 1)
Jun.19, 1986 - Dec.19, 1986 (WestPac)
Modex
AircraftRemarks
YR 1xx
CH-46EHMM-161
YR xxx
CH-53EHMH- DET.
YR xxx
UH-1N
AH-1T
HMLA- DET.
YR xxx
AV-8CVMA- DET.
Participated :
exercise COBRA GOLD 86 in the Gulf of Thailand
exercise VALIANT USHER 86-5AS off the coast of Western Australia
exercise TRAEX 87-1(RP) in Zambales Training Area, R.P.


Complex Ooverhaul (COH)
May 29, 1987 - May 27, 1988
at Long Beach Naval Shipyard


(Last update on Feb.22, 2017)
11th MEU(SOC)
HMM-163(C)
USS TARAWA (LHA 1)
Jul.8, 1989 - Dec.20, 1989 (WestPac)
Modex
AircraftRemarks
YP 0x-1x
CH-46EHMM-163
YP 2x
CH-53EHMH- DET.
YP 3x
YP 4x
UH-1N
AH-1W
HMLA- DET.
YP 5x
AV-8BVMA- DET.
Participated :
exercise THALAY THAI 89-9 off Pattaya Beach, Thailand
exercise PACEX '89
exercise VALIANT MARK 89-9
exercise VALIANT BLITZ 90-1


(Last update on May 12, 2010)
5th MEB
USS TARAWA (LHA 1)

Apr.27, 1990 - May 24, 1990 (mid-Pacific)
Participated :
exercise RIMPAC 90


Selected Restricted Availability (SRA)
Jun.18, 1990 - Oct.12, 1990
at Long Beach Naval Shipyard


(Last update on Apr.15, 2015)
5th MEB
USS TARAWA (LHA 1)

Dec.1, 1990 - Jun.30, 1991 (Persian Gulf)
Modex
AircraftRemarks
SN xx
UH-1N
AH-1W
HMLA-169
 
AV-8BVMA- DET.
 
UH-1NBu.No. 160832 (*1)
(*1) assigned to USS TARAWA (LHA 1) rather than to 5th MEB
Participated :
operation DESERT SHIELD
operation SEA ANGEL at Bangladesh
operation FIERY VIVIL after Mount Pinatubo erupted


Planned Restricted Availability (PRAV91)
Sep.29, 1991 - Dec.17, 1991
at Naval Station San Diego


(Last update on Apr.24, 2019)
11th MEU(SOC)
HMM-161(Rein)
USS TARAWA (LHA 1)
May 28, 1992 - Nov.25, 1992 (WestPac, Indian Ocean, Persian Gulf)
Modex
AircraftRemarks
YR 00-07, 10-13
CH-46EHMM-161
YR 20-23
CH-53EHMH-466 DET.
YR 30-31
YR 40-43
UH-1N
AH-1W
HMLA- DET.
YR 50-55
AV-8BVMA-211 DET.A
VR 67, xx
CH-46DHC-11 DET.4 (*1)
(*1) assigned to USS TARAWA (LHA 1) rather than to 11th MEU(SOC)
Participated :
exercise EAGER MACE 92-93 anchoring in Kuwait Bay
exercise NATIVE FURY in Kuwait
exercise NAUTICAL MANTIS in Saudi Arabia


Complex Overhaul (COH)
Sep.28, 1993 - Dec.16, 1994
at Long Beach Naval Shipyard


(Last update on Jan.24, 2018)
13th MEU(SOC)
HMM-163(Rein)
USS TARAWA (LHA 1)
Apr.19, 1996 - Oct.19, 1996 (WestPac, Persian Gulf)
Modex
AircraftRemarks
YP 0x-1x
CH-46EHMM-163
YP 2x
CH-53EHMH-466 DET.
YP 3x
YP 4x
UH-1N
AH-1W
HMLA- DET.
YP 5x
AV-8BVMA-214 DET.
Participated :
exercise COBRA GOLD 96 in the Gulf of Thailand
exercise INDIGO SERPENT with the Royal Saudi Navy in the Red Sea
exercise INFINITE MOONLIGHT in Aqaba, Jordan
exercise RUGGED NAUTILUS in Bahrain
exercise RED REEF off the shores of Saudi Arabia
operation DESERT STRIKE in the North Arabian Gulf


Selected Restricted Availability (SRA)
Jan.15, 1997 - May 11, 1997
at Long Beach Naval Shipyard


(Last update on Jul.4, 2012)
11th MEU(SOC)
HMM-268(Rein)
USS TARAWA (LHA 1)
Feb.7, 1998 - Aug.7, 1998 (WestPac, Persian Gulf)
Modex
AircraftRemarks
YQ 0x-1x
CH-46EHMM-268
YQ 2x
CH-53EHMH-462 DET.
YQ 3x
YQ 4x
UH-1N
AH-1W
HMLA-369 DET.
YQ 5x
AV-8BVMA-211 DET.A
VR xx
HH-46DHC-11 DET.4 (*1)
(*1) assigned to USS TARAWA (LHA 1) rather than to 11th MEU(SOC)
Participated :
exercise INFINITE MOONLIGHT in Jordan
exercise EPIC MANTLE in Kuwait
exercise EASTERN MAVERICK off the coast of Qatar
operation SOUTHERN WATCH, no-fly zone over southern Iraq
operation SAFE DEPARTURE in Asmara, Eritrea


Complex Overhaul (COH)
Jan.9, 1999 - Jun.3, 1999
at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, WA.


(Last update on Oct.7, 2015)
13th MEU(SOC)
HMM-161(Rein)
USS TARAWA (LHA 1)
Aug.14, 2000 - Feb.13, 2001 (WestPac, Persian Gulf)
Modex
AircraftRemarks
YR 0x-1x
CH-46EHMM-161
YR 2x
CH-53EHMH-466 DET.
YR 3x
YR 4x
UH-1N
AH-1W
HMLA-367 DET.
YR 5x
AV-8BVMA-214 DET.
VR xx
HH-46DHC-11 DET.5 (*1)
(*1) assigned to USS TARAWA (LHA 1) rather than to 13th MEU(SOC)
Participated :
operation BOLD SAMARITAN in East Timor
operation DETERMINED RESPONSE in the port of Aden, Yemen
operation ABLE COURIER in Seychelles Islands
exercise IRON MAGIC in United Arab Emirates


Planned Maintenance Availability (PMA)
Sep. 2001 - Apr. 2002
at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, WA.


(Last update on Jun.3, 2009)
15th MEU(SOC)
HMM-161(Rein)
USS TARAWA (LHA 1)
Jun. 2002 - Jul. 2002 (RIMPAC '02)
Modex
AircraftRemarks
YR 0x1x
CH-46EHMM-161
YR 2x
CH-53EHMH-465 DET.
YR 3x
YR 4x
UH-1N
AH-1W
HMLA-267 DET.
YR 5x
AV-8BVMA-311 DET.
Participated :
exercise RIMPAC 2002 off the coast of Hawaii


(Last update on Apr.4, 2012)
15th MEU(SOC)
HMM-161(Rein)
USS TARAWA (LHA 1)
Jan.6, 2003 - Jul.13, 2003 (WestPac, Persian Gulf)
Modex
AircraftRemarks
YR 0x-1x
CH-46EHMM-161
YR 2x
CH-53EHMH-361 DET.
YR 3x
YR 4x
UH-1N
AH-1W
HMLA-267 DET.
YR 5x
AV-8BVMA-311 DET.
VR xx
HH-46DHC-11 DET.7 (*1)
(*1) assigned to USS TARAWA (LHA 1) rather than to 15th MEU(SOC)
Participated :
operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan
operation IRAQI FREEDOM


(Last update on Oct.25, 2017)
USS TARAWA (LHA 1)
Jun. 2004 - Jul. 2004 (RIMPAC '04)
Modex
AircraftRemarks
NW 6xx
UH-3HHC-85 DET.
Participated :
exercise RIMPAC 2004 off the coast of Hawaii


(Last update on Nov.9, 2011)
13th MEU(SOC)
HMM-163(Rein)
USS TARAWA (LHA 1)
(Expeditionary Strike Group ONE)

Jul.16, 2005 - Feb.20, 2006 (WestPac, Persian Gulf, North Arabian Sea)
Modex
AircraftRemarks
YP 0x-1x
CH-46EHMM-163
YP 2x
CH-53EHMH- DET.
YP 3x
YP 4x
UH-1N
AH-1W
HMLA-267 DET.
YP 5x
AV-8BVMA-211 DET.
VR xx
MH-60SHSC-21 DET.8 (*1)
(*1) assigned to USS TARAWA (LHA 1) rather than to 13th MEU(SOC)
Participated :
operation IRAQI FREEDOM
operation ENDURING FREEDOM
exercise BRIGHT STAR in Egypt
support to humanitarian relief missions
after the catastrophic earthquake off the Pakistani coast


(Last update on Oct.10, 2012)
11th MEU(SOC)
HMM-166(Rein)
USS TARAWA (LHA 1)
(Tarawa Expeditionary Strike Group)
Nov.5, 2007 - Jun.3, 2008 (WestPac, Persian Gulf)
Modex
AircraftRemarks
YX 0x-1x
CH-46EHMM-166
YX 2x
CH-53EHMH-361 DET.
YX 3x
YX 4x
UH-1N
AH-1W
HMLA-267 DET.
YX 5x
AV-8BVMA-211 DET.
VR xx
MH-60SHSC-21 DET.4 (*1)
(*1) assigned to USS TARAWA (LHA 1) rather than to 11th MEU(SOC)
Participated :
disaster relief operations in Bangladesh
humanitarian assistance operations in Djibouti
maritime security operations in the Persian Gulf


(Last update on Sep.20, 2017)
USS TARAWA (LHA 1)
Aug.1, 2008 - Aug.29, 2008 (Panama Canal)
Modex
AircraftRemarks
TB xx
MH-53EHM-15 DET.
VR xx
MH-60SHSC-21 DET. (*1)
(*1) assigned to USS TARAWA (LHA 1) rather than to 11th MEU(SOC)
Participated :
annual multi-national exercise Fuerzas Alidas PANAMAX 2008 in the Panama Canal


Decommissioning ceremony : Dec.4, 2008
at Naval Base San Diego


Decommissioned : Mar.31, 2009
at Naval Base San Diego