LSD 45 | USS COMSTOCK
Comstock Lode, NV
Since her commissioning in early 1990, COMSTOCK has completed three extended deployments to the Western Pacific and Middle East Forces, and has completed one deployment to the Southern Pacific conducting counter narcotic operations.
Since being commissioned, COMSTOCK has been at the "tip of the spear". She participated in evacuation operations after Mt. Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines. She was on station during Operation Desert Shield / Desert Storm, and particpated in Operation Continue Hope off the coast of Somalia. Time and again COMSTOCK's ability to perform under pressure has been demonstrated by the Sailors and Marines that serve their country with pride.
In December, 1995 COMSTOCK returned from an extended deployment to the Arabian Gulf in continued support of United Nations and United States policies for that region. Among the highlights of the deployment were integrated amphibious operations with the Jordanian Armed Forces during Operation Infinite Moonlight.
COMSTOCK is a "can do" ship with "can do" Sailors and Marines. The ship was the first USN combatant to have a fully integrated crew of male and female Sailors.
Sailors on COMSTOCK have seen the world with port visits to the tropical climes and Asian shopping extravaganzas with stops in Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. Her extensive tours in the Arabian Gulf have been highlighted by visiting such ports as: Aquaba, Jordan; Manama, Bahrain; Kuwait City, Kuwait; and Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates. Other popular ports of call for COMSTOCK have included: Mombasa, Kenya; Seychelles; Perth, Australia; and Hawaii. Not all the good liberty ports are overseas, however. Some of the best visits have been to some of America's fine west coast cities, such as San Francisco and Monterey, California.
The wavy blue and white bars
symbolize the sea and movement across the water. The shield contains an
orle of billets, which represents COMSTOCK's ability to perform multi-
missions simultaneously. There are sixteen billets, each marking one of
the sixteen battle stars won by the original USS COMSTOCK (LSD 19). The
arrowhead denotes the thrust of the amphibious assault. The ability to
drive ashore and conduct sustained combat landing operations is the
hallmark of a Landing Ship Dock. The color gold, implying excellence,
combined with the silver waves, illustrates the great and diverse
wealth of the Comstock Lode, for which the ship is named.