USS Essex (LHD-2)

Officially Licensed Product of the
U.S. Navy
Item Number: 62112
Product Type:  Coin
Size: 2 1/4 inch x 1 3/4 inch (56mm x 43mm) Octagon
Material: Bronze Antique with Enamel
Price: $12.00

coin packagingUSS Essex (LHD-2)

The USS Essex (LHD-2) plays a critical role in America’s naval superiority across the globe. A Wasp-class multipurpose amphibious assault ship, she is well equipped to lead amphibious operations in any theater. LHDs provide the means to transport, deploy, command and support all elements of a Marine landing force of over 2,000 troops during an assault by air and amphibious craft.

Designed to be versatile, Essex has the option of simultaneously using helicopters, Harrier jets, and Landing Craft Air Cushioned (LCAC), as well as conventional landing craft and assault vehicles in various combinations. LHDs’ missions, while operating with an aircraft carrier battle group, conduct prompt, sustained operations at sea, primarily as the centerpiece and flagship of the Amphibious Ready Group. The ship's extensive medical facilities consist of six medical operating rooms, four dental operating rooms, medical laboratories and hospital facilities capable of caring for 600 patients.

In carrying out its primary mission, the 844-foot long, 44,000-ton Essex transports and lands ashore troops, tanks, trucks, artillery, and other supplies necessary to support an assault.

This specially shaped coin is minted in bronze, finished with an antique patina, and pays tribute to the USS Essex, saluting the exceptional service of her crew. The obverse contains a scene with a portside view of the USS Essex cutting through the water with an American flag in the background. The reverse displays

™ Department of the Navy. Officially Licensed by the Department of the Navy.

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