Fond farewell to @USSPeleliuLHA5 & 34 yrs of faithful service. @SurfaceWarriors
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Hundreds of current and former crew members, 10 previous commanding officers, and their family members crowded onto the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) to bid farewell to the "Iron Nickel" during the ship's decommissioning ceremony at Naval Base San Diego, March 31. Tears wet the eyes of many of the former Sailors and Marines in attendance as the flag was hauled down, the watch was secured and the crew of one of the most famous ships in the U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet ceremoniously disembarked the vessel for the final time. Peleliu was named after the Battle of Peleliu which took place from Sept. 15 to Nov. 27, 1944 in which 1,256 Marines gave their lives to take the island which was being held by the Imperial Japanese Army. Rear Adm. Marcus A. Hitchcock, the current director of Fleet and Joint Training at U.S. Fleet Forces C...