USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3), the third ship in the Tarawa Class, was commissioned
1978. After many years service, including a long tour homeported in
Japan, she was decommissioned on October 28. In Jully 2006 she was used
as a target off Hawaii. Although she absorbed several hits by anti-ship
missiles, she did not go down until scuttling charges were detonated
along her bottom.
833 feet long
Carries six Harriers, 50 helicopters and 1,900 Marines
Crew of 964
Armament: two Rolling Airframe anti-missile Missile Systems (RAM)
four 25mm Mk 38 Gun Mounts
two Phalanx CIWS (20mm anti-missile cannon)
five .50 Cal. Mounts.
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