The USS Inchon LPH-12 was the seventh and the last of the Iwo Jima (LPH-2)-Class Amphibious Assault Ships built by the United States Navy. The Ship has a Crew of 560 Officers and Enlisted. This class of ship was designed to carry nearly two thousand Marines, including a reinforced Marine Helicopter Squadron used to transport ground troops to landing zones. Other missions within the ships's capability include providing relief in the event of natural disaster and evacuation of United States Citizens from troubled areas around the world.
A Ship Gets Her Name ....
The Inchon was named after one of the most successful Amphibious Assualts in U.S. History, the landing at Inchon, Korea on September 15th 1950. This Operation was known as "Operation Chromite"
The Ship's Motto "Never More Brightly" is derived from the congratulatory message General Douglas MacArthur sent to the fleet following the successful landing.
This Video gives you more background on the History of the Korean War.
Insinge and Motto
The ship's motto and insigne are derived from the congratulatory message General Douglas MacArthur sent to the Fleet following the sucessful Inchon landings on September 15, 1950: "The Navy and Marines have never shone more brightly than this morning" The star appropriatley embodies these words and also suggests the four cardnial directions, symbolic of U.S. vital interests. Superimposed on the star, the shield represents the projection of the national image implicit in the deployment of the Navy-Marine Corps team. This partnership, so crucial to the sucess of the Inchon landings, as well as to the fulfillment of the ship's mission, has its roots in many years of close association, courage, and sacrifice. The officer's and men of USS INCHON are dedicated to the traditions and ideals signified by her motto and insigne: "Never More Brightly" or with more willingness to serve has a fighting ship joined the fleet.
Click on picture to see the Inchon under construction