USS Green Bay (LPD 20)
The city of Green Bay is the namesake of the USS Green Bay, the U.S. Navy’s fourth amphibious transport dock of the the San Antonio class designed to transport Marines and their equipment . The crew, eager to be connected with our city, has formed a partnership with the library. This page will provide past, present and future information about the USS Green Bay and the crew’s commitment to the library and to Green Bay.
The USS Green Bay is the fourth of a new class of amphibious transport dock ships. The ship will be used to transport and land Marines, their equipment and supplies, by embarked air cushion or conventional landing craft or Expeditionary Fighting Vehicles, augmented by helicopters or vertical take off and landing craft. USS Green Bay will support amphibious assault, special operations, or expeditionary warfare missions throughout the first half of the 21st century.
When former Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig announced the name of the LPD 20, he noted, “Green Bay may be modest in size, but it is enormous in spirit. The city is well-known for its commitment to team efforts and particularly for its support of its football teams. As Packers’ coach, Vince Lombardi put it, ‘The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.’ The LPD 20 will be home to another team – the Navy-Marine Corps team – no stranger to the hard work and sacrifice necessary to be the best in the world. It is that kind of special relationship that the people of Green Bay more than any other community in America understand.”
This will be the second ship named Green Bay. The first US Navy ship to bear the name USS Green Bay, a patrol gunboat (PG-101), built by Peterson Builders, Inc. in Sturgeon Bay, WI, was in service in the 1970s.
Motto Statum Bello Invictus Maneo “Stand and Fight, Remain Unvanquished”
- Length 684 feet ( 208.5 meters)
- Beam 105 feet (31.9 meters)
- Displacement Approximately 24,900 tons full load
- Speed In excess of 22 knots (24.2 mph)
- Aircraft Four CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters or two MV-22 tilt rotor aircraft may be launched or recovered simultaneously. The ship’s hanger can store 1-2 aircraft
- Armament Two 30 mm Close-in-Guns, for surface threat defense; two Rolling Airframe Missile launchers for air defense
- Landing Craft Two LCACs (air cushion) or one LCU 9conventional)
- EFVs 14 Marine Corps Expeditionary Fighting Vehicles
- Power Plant Four Colt-Pielstick diesel engines, two shafts, 40,000 SHp
- Crew 360 (28 officers, 332 enlisted), three Marines
- Troops 699 (66 officers, 633 enlisted); surge to 800 total
- LPD 17 Class San Antonio (LPD 17), New Orleans (LPD 18), Mesa Verde (LPD 19), Green Bay (LPD 20), Anchorage (LPD 23), Arlington (LPD 24), and Somerset (LPD25)
Christening Ceremony The ship’s sponsor is Mrs. Diane Jones, wife of General James L. Jones, Supreme Allied Commander and Commander U.S. European Command. The ship was christened on July 15, 2006 near New Orleans at Northrop Grumann Ship Systems Avondale Operations, Avondale, LA.
The ship was commissioned in 2008 in San Diego, CA
Coat of Arms
- SHIELD: Or, a pale Azure (Dark Blue), the Green Bay City logo Proper all edged of the first; on a chief wavy Vert the silhouette of the PG-101 Sable, fimbriated Or.
- CREST: From a wreath OR and Azure (Dark Blue), a maple wreath Vert surmounted by an anchor of the first, the stock Gules charged with the Wisconsin State seal Proper.
- MOTTO: A tripartite motto scroll Or doubled Vert inscribed, ‘STATUM BELLO INVICTUS MANEO’, of the last.
- SUPPORTERS: A United States CPO saber and Marine NCO sword saltirewise points down Proper.
- SHIELD: Dark Blue and Gold, the colors traditionally associated with the Navy, represent the sea and excellence. The blue pale symbolizes the historic waterway of the Fox River, the entrance of which leads to the City of Green Bay, the first settlement in Wisconsin. The Green Bay logo recalls the heritage and spirit of the city, which includes the city’s football team ‘The Green Bay Packers’. The chief signifies authority. The silhouette commemorates the previous ship, USS Green Bay PG-101, which served as aggressor in fleet exercises, while serving in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. the wavy division of the shield suggests the shoreline, combined with the pale alludes to the ship’s mission of amphibious transport of troops.
- CREST: The maple wreath conveys success and achievement, signifying the state tree of Wisconsin, sugar maple. The anchor represents naval strength and maritime tradition. Red denotes sacrifice. The red stock of the anchor exemplifies the Marine Corps, highlighting the Navy and Marines team. The state seal alludes to Wisconsin’s industry and honors the state being the ‘heart of America’.
- SUPPORTERS: The crossed naval and marine swords symbolize readiness and cooperation of the Navy-Marine war fighting team.
- MOTTO: The motto ‘STATUM BELLO INVICTUS MANEO’ translates to ‘STAND AND FIGHT, REMAIN UNVANQUISHED’. The disc and scroll displays the colors of the ‘Green Bay Packers’, green and gold, which honor the city’s admiration and commitment for their football team.
- SEAL: The coat of arms as blazoned in full color upon a white oval enclosed by a Dark Green collar edged on the outside with a gold rope and inscribed ‘USS GREEN BAY’ at the top and “DDG 20′ at the bottom.
The crew of the USS Green Bay has initiated a book drive to support the Brown County Library. A delivery received in mid- November contained over 50 books, some of which were designated to the friends of the Library’s annual Give-A-Kid-A-Book campaign and the others for their Used Book Sale.