Welcome to the USS Iwo Jima Class LPH's

2017 Reunion Site - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Sept 27th - Oct 1st

City of Harrisburg
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BEST WESTERN Premier The Central Hotel & Conference Center
800 E Park Drive
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17111-2807
Phone: 717-561-2800 or 800-644-3144
Fax: 717/561-8398

Call the number above and please remember to reference the Iwo Jima Class Association Reunion or reserve online at www.thecentralhotelharrisburg.com and use the group code 051614.
Group Name: LPHs – Iwo Jima Class
Reunion Dates: September 27-October 1, 2017

Rate: $109.95 + tax (currently 11%) Breakfast included in room rate. Rate will be available 3 days prior and 3 days after the reunion dates, subject to availability of guest rooms at time of reservation. Cut-off Date: 8/25/17 Late reservations will be processed based on space availability at a higher rate.

Cancellation Policy: Individuals reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card in the amount of one nights lodging. All cancellations must be made 24 hours to the arrival date or there will be charges of each room and each night of the original reservation.

Parking & Shuttle Information

The hotel provides complimentary parking for its guests. The Central Hotel & Conference Center offers complimentary airport shuttle service to and from the Harrisburg International Airport. Once you arrive at the airport, you will need to call the hotel at (717) 561-2800 and let them know you will need shuttle service. Space is limited on complimentary services; please inquire when making your reservation.

Wheelchair Rental

ScootAround rents both manual and power wheelchairs by the day and week. Please call (888) 441-7575 or visit www.scootaround.com for more details and to make reservations.

Reunion Schedule of events
Reunion Registration
You may also register at www.afr-reg.com/lphships2017

At the present time the Association is comprised of former and present crew members, Phibron Staff, and embarked Marines who served on the USS Iwo Jima (LPH 2), USS Okinawa (LPH 3), USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7), USS Guam (LPH-9), USS Tripoli (LPH-10) , USS New Orleans (LPH 11). Former crew members and embarked staffs and Marines who served in USS Inchon (LPH 12) are also eligible and encouraged to become Regular Association members.

The USS Guam LPH9 WebPages on this website are sponsored by The USS Iwo Jima Class Association, and not affiliated with any other military association.

The Iwo Jima Class LPH Amphibious Assault Ship was created in the early 60's. The LPH was ideally suited for amphibious assault by the vertical envelopment method. The ship was designed to carry up to 25 helicopters, a Marine Battalion , weapons, and the equipment to support them. In addition to its mission as a Marine Battalion Landing Team Delivery Ship, the LPH class had also served as an Amphibious Task Force Control Ship, Medical Duty Ship and Mine Countermeasures Support Ship. The Iwo Jima Class had a power plant consisting of two boilers and one geared turbine which turned a single shaft with 22,000 shaft horsepower. Its armament included 3-inch twin barrel guns, the 20mm Vulcan/Phalanx Close-in Weapons System (CIWS), and 50 caliber machine guns. The crew complement consisted of 50 officers, 650 enlisted personnel and up to 2,000 Marine troops.

At least one ship of the Iwo Jima Class had been present in every major conflict since the Vietnam War. Although the LPH had proven itself to be a reliable performer, the Navy recognized the need for an amphibious assault ship with greater range, capacity and capabilities and gradually phased out the LPHs, replacing them with the technologically superior Wasp Class LHDs.


  • The Board of Directors, and meeting minutes from 2000 are posted here.
  • The Honor Roll is updated on a continuing basis.

This page was last modified on Saturday March 04, 2017