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USS Mesa Verde LPD-19 - December 15th, 2007
Commissioning  Ceremony

My many thanks and congratulations to the crew of the USS Mesa Verde, LPD-19 for extending their hands in friendship to two of the pioneers of amphibious warfare, Arthur Edward Marriott, U.S. Navy 6th Naval Beach Battalion and crewmember of the USS Rawlins, and Richard Sadler, of Her Majesties Royal Marines.  Being in the company of these two heroes from WWII and along with the fine crew of the Mesa Verde the ceremony made for an incredible and unforgettable weekend.  Attired as a Sailor dressed as a Soldier, I was honored to represent Mr. Marriott's and my fallen uncles unit, the 6th Naval Beach Battalion as we celebrated the Mesa Verde's Commissioning to active status in our United States Navy in Panama City Florida.  Anchors Away!

Sadly, my friend Ed passed away early in 2010.  Up until the end of his life he was an avid supporter of Naval Amphibious Operations.  I had the honor of visiting Ed twice before he passed away.  I will forever cherish my friendship with him.

Be sure to visit this page after your visit to the Mesa Verde below. 

Joining Ed are his son's Matthew and Mike.
The Stars and Stripes are raised upon the mast on the U.S. Navy's newest ship, the USS Mesa Verde!

Proud sailors stand watch as the Mesa Verde receives blessings made in Pueblo Indian language.

All hands man your stations!  The Captain's Flag is Raised!

Beneath the flight deck, inside the ship, the Amphibians make their home.


What a great day for family, friends and to be an American.

Up on the flight deck the cloudy weather did not dampen the spirits onboard.

Full of pride and ready to ride and take care of those who have lost their stride!


Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!  Thank you Chaps!

Richard mans the duel 50 Caliber Machine Gun; a duty on D-Day he surely experienced. 

Up on the bridge safety is a prime concern.

Signal flags prepare for their first duty station, Norfolk Virginia.   Good luck sailors!

The ship is 680 feet long and 34 feet across the beam.  Very impressive!

The Sea Awaits.... More to come!


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