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Message from the CO

09 March 2024

From: Commanding Officer, USS HARPERS FERRY (LSD 49)

To: Prospective Shipmates and Friends of the HARPERS FERRY



Congratulations on receiving orders to USS HARPERS FERRY (LSD 49), the U.S. Navy’s most reliable and accomplished amphibious ship! We are currently home ported in San Diego, California. If you have received orders to USS HARPERS FERRY (LSD 49), please email and we will provide you with a sponsor to help make your transition as smooth as possible. We are excited to have you on board and welcome you to the “Workhorse of the Fleet”!

USS HARPERS FERRY’s crew is the ship - they bring her to life and are the sole bearers of her great reputation. We are a family of professionals, who act like a team, and get the job done – always supporting each other and the ship’s mission. We are proud of our heritage and our direct connection with the town of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, where John Brown’s Raiders fought against the principles of slavery and helped spark the American Revolution.

If you have questions please contact the Command Master Chief, the Executive Officer, or me - anytime. As you get ready to step aboard, prepare to get stuff done! In no time you will be a valued member of the amazing HARPERS FERRY team. We will provide training and education challenges and have a good time doing it. It will be hard work, but it is an important job and you are joining the best team in the fleet. I hope you are as excited about serving in HARPERS FERRY as I am having you join our crew.

If you know a Sailor aboard HARPERS FERRY, you can be very proud of his or her honorable service in our nation's Navy. This great crew is carrying out the ship's motto (First in Freedom!) as we represent our Nation's interests in the furthest reaches of the world. We are a team that gets results – we have had some of the fleet’s highest advancement rates, won multiple Retention Excellence Best in Class Awards, and have produced Expeditionary Warfare Excellence Award winners, Tactician and Ship Handler of the Year Award winners, multiple Diversity and Outreach panel selections, and an unmatched reputation for getting the job done!

From me to you, welcome to the HARPERS FAMILY, where we are First in Freedom, First in Everything!


Gabriel D. Burgi

Commanding Officer


 Welcome Aboard Letter pdf


LSD 49
USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49)

"First In Freedom"

Welcome Aboard!
Congratulations on being selected for orders to the finest and fastest amphibious ship in the fleet, USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49).

Get ready for a tour that will be rewarding and challenging in every respect. Please contact our sponsor coordinator by e-mail at, and you'll be assigned a sponsor who can address all your questions and concerns. Additional updates and information about the ship is located on our website at: or on our Facebook Page: Harpers Ferry LSD49.

The command ombudsman can be contacted at: Welcome aboard packages to San Diego are available through the Fleet and Family Support Center website. Once again congratulations and welcome aboard. First in Freedom!

CDR Gabriel Burgi, Commanding Officer

Reporting OnboardReporting Onboard 1. Contact Information: Quarterdeck: 619-556-3984 2. Where to Report If you require travel assistance, please contact either your sponsor or the ship in advance to let us know your travel intentions. When you arrive in the area contact your sponsor or the ship for our current berth. 3. Sponsor Coordination Family Resources 1. San Diego Information Information on getting to San Diego and area information is contained on the Navy Region Southwest Web Site at: Naval Base San Diego ( 2. Housing and Lodging Information on Housing in San Diego can be found on the Naval Station Web Site at: NAVBASE San Diego ( 3. Household Goods Please visit MilitaryOneSource website: Naval Base San Diego | MilitaryINSTALLATIONS ( for more information 4. Medical/Dental Medical care is available at Naval Base San Diego and Naval Medical Center San Diego for active duty personnel, military retirees, and their dependents. Dental care for active duty military personnel is available at the Dental Clinic, Naval Base San Diego. 5. Fleet & Family Support Center FFSC San Diego CA, provides numerous information and referral services. These include crisis intervention and after-hours Navy Relief assistance. In addition, relocation and spouse employment assistance are also available. The NFSC's Hours of operation are from 0730 to 1630, Monday through Friday. Please call the Centralized Scheduling line at: 1-866-923-6478. Information is also available on the following web site Fleet & Family Support Centers ( 6.      Ombudsman information If you would like to send packages or letters please use the following format to contact your service member: Rate/Name USS HARPERS FERRY (LSD 49) UNIT 100165 BOX XXXX FPO-AP 96665

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. What is an Ombudsman?
Every Command has an Ombudsman who is a spouse of a sailor at the Command. The Ombudsman serves as the liaison between the command and the families. The Ombudsman is the point of contact for the families. He or she can assist families with navigating through Navy life through resources and information.

2. How can an Ombudsman help me?
Navy Family Ombudsmen are key resources for family members, particularly during deployments. Ombudsmen maintain current resource files with information on military and civilian community agencies that can help families solve a variety of problems, and successfully meet the challenges they face before, during, and after deployments. In addition to providing referral information, Ombudsmen can facilitate communication between the Command and family members. Ombudsmen may publish or contribute to command newsletters or maintain care lines, which have recorded messages with information for command families that can be accessed 24 hours a day. Ombudsmen can also assist families in contacting the Command for a variety of reasons.

3. What is the role of the COMNAVSURFPAC Force Ombudsman?
The Force Ombudsman provides oversight and guidance for all the Surface Ship's Ombudsmen in the Pacific Fleet Area of Responsibility. You can contact the Surface Forces Ombudsman at (619) 301-6983 or send an email to

4. What is an IA assignment or tour?
An IA is an Individual Augmentee. A Sailor may receive orders to go IA and this means that he or she will deploy as an Individual, not with their command. Sometimes an IA will deploy and be stationed with another branch of the Military.

5. What is NFAAS?
Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System. This is how the Navy will track your family and assess your needs during an emergency.

6. How can I find out more about medical, dental or Navy family resources?
Contact your Command Ombudsman. He or she will guide you to your resources.

USS Harpers Ferry LSD 49

Unit 100165 Box 1
FPO AP 96665-6500


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