USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) Visiting Charleston

USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) will be visiting Charleston Harbor this week. Photo by U.S. Navy

Navy League Charleston is very pleased to announce the arrival later this week of the USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) along with embarked detachments from Helicopter MineCountermeasures Squadron 14 (HM-14), Assault Craft Units Two and Four (ACU2 and ACU4) and Beachmaster Unit Two (BMU2).  The ship will be berthed at the Union Street Pier in downtown Charleston from Thursday afternoon, 16 March until Monday morning, 20 March.

The ship’s Captain, Commander Ethan Rule, USN and the Officers-in-Charge of the embarked units warmly invite you to consider visiting the ship while she is in port Charleston.  Limited tours are being hosted on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 17-19 MARCH from 9:00am until 1700, the Navy said.

All interested visitors are reminded to wear long trousers or slacks and flat-soled shoes.  Each tour will take a bit longer than an hour and will involve quite a bit of climbing up and down ladders (steps) throughout the ship as you visit the forecastle (the bow or front portion of the ship), the flight deck, the well deck and many other sections of the vessel along the tour route.

Bulky bags of any type are not encouraged as you want to be able to rely on using both hands as you walk along the tour route.  Unfortunately, any consideration of carrying small children and for those having difficulty with climbing, this tour may be a challenge.

For all interested, you MUST send an e-mail to the following e-mail address listing the names of those in your party wanting to visit and tour the USS Whidbey Island:  access@lsd41.navy.mil.

You must also have a picture ID to present to State Ports Authority Security when entering the pier area as this is a restricted access facility.