Makin Island begins transit to San Diego homeport
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- After three years in pre-commissioning status, USS Makin Island (LHD 8) departed in commission without ceremony from Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, Gulf Coast July 10, bound for its future homeport of San Diego.
Makin Island is scheduled to be formally commissioned Oct. 24 in a ceremony in San Diego and witnessed by the friends and family of the ship's 1,100 plankowners.
Makin Island earned commission (special) status June 26, after its successful completion of Light-Off Assessment, Anti-Terrorism Force Protection Certification and Crew Certification. These are the three major inspections the crew had to pass in order to get underway.
"Well done to you all," said Makin Island Commanding Officer, Capt. Bob Kopas to the crew. "It's the performance of the crew that got us where we are. This is just the beginning of a long road for us in commissioned status."
The next two months will take Makin Island on a transit around South America, during which the crew will continue training, obtaining underway certifications and preparing for its arrival in San Diego....(continued here)