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USS Oak Hill (LSD-51)
USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) transits the Suez Canal into the Red Sea (30 January 2007).
USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) transits the Suez Canal into the Red Sea.
Namesake: Oak Hill
Ordered: 27 March 1991
Laid down: 21 September 1992
Launched: 11 June 1994
Commissioned: 8 June 1996
Homeport: NAB Little Creek, Virginia
Motto: Nation's Protector
Status: in active service, as of 2022
Badge: Crest of the USS Oak Hill
General characteristics
Class & type: Harpers Ferry
Type: Dock landing ship
Displacement: 12,314 tons (light)
19,600 tons (full)
Length: 609 ft 7 in
Beam: 84 ft
Draft: 21 ft (6.4 m)
Decks: 12
Installed power: 4 Fairbanks Morse 12 cylinder opposed piston Generators
Propulsion: 4 Colt Industries, 16-cylinder diesel engines, 2 shafts, 33,000 shp (25 MW)
Speed: 24.5+ knots (45.37 km/h)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
2 landing craft air cushion (LCAC) or 1 landing craft unit (LCU)
Capacity: 15 amphibous assault vehicles, 2 M1A1 Abrams tanks
Troops: Marine detachment: 402 + 102 surge
Complement: 22 officers, 397 enlisted
Armament: 2 × 25 mm Mk 38 cannons
2 × 20 mm Phalanx CIWS mounts
2 × Rolling Airframe Missile
6 × .50 caliber M2HB machine guns

USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) is a Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship of the United States Navy. Oak Hill is the second United States Navy ship to be named after Oak Hill, the home of U.S. President James Monroe.


As of September 2013, the USS Oak Hill is commanded by Commander Bryan Carmichael, U.S. Navy. The ship is homeported at JEBLCFS Little Creek, Virginia, and is assigned to Amphibious Group 8.[1]


Oak Hill was laid down on 21 September 1992, by Avondale Shipyards in New Orleans, Louisiana. The ship was launched on 11 June 1994 and commissioned on 8 June 1996.

2006 pirate incident

In April 2006, Oak Hill rescued an "Indian-flagged vessel believed to have been looted and then set adrift by pirates off the coast of Somalia." The boarding crew was led by U.S. Marine Captain Clennon Roe. Oak Hill was commanded by Commander Ray Stapf at the time.[2]

2009 Uruguayan embassy party

Argentine Marines training onboard 30 June 2009

On 4 July 2009, the United States embassy in Uruguay held its annual 4 July celebration aboard Oak Hill while the ship was in the port of Montevideo. Brittney Longbons and Laura Gabito attended the celebration.

Riverine well deck certification

On 31 May 2011, Riverine Squadrons (RIVRON) 2 and 3 became the first riverine forces certified for well deck operations on board Oak Hill.[3]

First kiss milestone

On 21 December 2011, when the ship returned to Virginia Beach from an 80-day deployment to Central America, the ceremonial "first kiss" from one of the returning sailors was the first openly homosexual kiss since the repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell." Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta kissed her fiancée, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell on the dock as the waiting crowd cheered.[4][5][6]


  2. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>Steve Stone (3 April 2006). "Beach-based ship aids piracy victims off Somalia". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved 2007-09-14. {{cite web}}: Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  3. Hinchcliffe, Michael R. "Riverine Forces Make History with Well Deck Certification." Navy News Service, 3 June 2011.
  4. Pilkington, Ed (23 December 2011). "Sailors share US navy's first official gay kiss". Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  5. "Fire Controlman 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta, left, assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) kisses her fiancée, Fire Controlman 3rd Class Citlalic Snell". Navy News Service. 21 December 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  6. "US Navy lesbian couple share first gay dockside kiss". BBC News. 21 December 2011. 

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