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Amphibious Task Force - Persian Gulf War

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Posted 10 December 2011 - 06:52 PM

During the Persian Gulf War, the United States amassed the largest amphibious force to be deployed since Inchon. The decision to not attempt an amphibious assault limited the actual combat role of the ATF, but it was an important feature of the Coalition's overall strategy and represented a large number of the deployed personnel in the combat theater (34,000). Following is a complete list of the 31 ships that comprised the ATF. Afterwards is a partial list of embarked units (both Navy and Marines) that deployed aboard these ships. I welcome any additions to the list of deployed units, as well as any other input, such as significant events and casualties.

ATF Ships:

USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2)
USS Guam (LPH-9)
USS Pensacola (LPD-38)
USS Shreveport (LPD-12)
USS Portland (PSD-37)
USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44)
USS Trenton (LPD-14)
USS Raleigh (LPD-1)
USS Saginaw (LST-1188)
USS Lamoure County (LST-1194)
USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192)
USS Manitowoc (LST-1180)
USS Tarawa (LHA-4)
USS Okinawa (LPH-3)
USS Tripoli (LPH-10)
USS New Orleans (LPH-11)
USS Ft. McHenry (LSD-43)
USS Anchorage (LSD-36)
USS Mt. Vernon (LSD-39)
USS Germantown (LSD-42)
USS Ogden (LPD-5)
USS Vancouver (LPD-2)
USS Juneau (LPD-10)
USS Denver (LPD-9)
USS Cayuga (LST-1186)
USS Barbour County (LST-1195)
USS Peoria (LST-1183)
USS Frederick (LST-1184)
USS Durham (LKA-114
USS Mobile (LKA-115
USS Nassau (LHA-4) - flagship of the ATF

Embarked Navy Units:

Amphibious Group 2 (Flag Staff)
Tactical Air Group 2
Tactical Air Squadron 22
Beachmaster Unit 2
Assault Craft Unit 2

Embarked Marine Units:

4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (Command Element)
Marine Air Group 40
Marine Attack Squadron 331
Marine Aviation Support Squadron 1
Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 774
Marine Air Control Group 28
Marine Air Traffic Control Squadron 28
Marine Wing Communications Squadron 28
Marine Light Helicopter Attack Squadron 269
Brigade Service Support Group 4
2d Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion
Fleet Tactical Deception Group

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