WHIDBEY ISLAND class dock landing ship

USS GUNSTON HALL (LSD 44) is one of the WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD 41) class of landing ships serving with the US Navy. GUNSTON HALL was alongside at HMC Dockyard in Halifax during the summer of 1998. This class, while based on the earlier ANCHORAGE class, is the first diesel powered LSD class in the USN.

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Taken from offboard, this is the forward deck of GUNSTON HALL. 
Another view of the bow, this time from the starboard bridge wing. A 21 cell RAM missile launcher can be seen to the left of the photo. 
The forward RAM launcher.
Looking to starboard across the bridge; the helm station is just to the right of the center of the photo. 
Looking to port on the bridge, the chart table is shown here at the left of the photo. 
This is the helm station on GUNSTON HALL; this bridge looks rather more modern than that of PENSACOLA, a member of the class GUNSTON HALL is based upon.
This shot looks forward along the top of the superstructure to the starboard bridge wing in the background. One of the ship's two Bushmaster 25mm guns is seen to the right, with one of the SRBOC chaff launchers right behind it. A SATCOM antenna can be seen above and behind the SRBOC launcher.
Now on the port side of the ship, this shot looks aft from the bridge wing. Three SRBOC launchers can be seen here, as well as the port Bushmaster. A SATCOM antenna is visible at the far aft end of the superstructure. 
This is the open bridge area, situated above the interior bridge space. 
Taken from the port side, this is the mast on GUNSTON HALL. The SPS 49 air search radar can be seen on the large round platform on the mast, and the SLQ(V)1 EW unit is visible behind and beneath it.
The aft port RAM launcher. The aft Phalanx can just be seen to the top left of the photo. 
Looking forward, this is the starboard crane. 
This shot looks forward from the port side of the flight deck. Various jeeps and armoured vehicles can be seen here. These vehicles can be driven forward from the flight deck and down a passageway in the superstructure, and down a ramp which ends in a turntable. The turntable rotates the vehicles to point aft so that they may proceed down another ramp to the well deck for embarkation on an LCAC.

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