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Welcome to the USS RUSHMORE (LSD-47) Team! We look forward to your arrival onboard.

In order to assist with your arrival and transition, please contact the Sponsor Coordinator at

Use the Subject Line “Incoming RUSHMORE Sailor - seeking sponsor” and include the Command Master Chief as a cc address using

These individuals will ensure a sponsor is assigned and that your prospective chain-of-command is aware of your plans.

Your sponsor will forward information about the ship and will find the answers to any questions you may have.

As your Command Sponsor Team, we are here to help. But in order for us to do so, we ask that you contact your sponsor and let

us know if you have special needs. If your sponsor does not provide the information you need, by all means, let us know

so we can make sure your transition is as smooth as possible. We look forward to seeing you onboard.

Command Mission

USS RUSHMORE is the 7th of 8 ships in the WHIDBEY ISLAND Class. This ship’s mission is to embark Marines with their combat

equipment and vehicles, then remain at sea as an on-call force to conduct a diverse range of amphibious operations such as:

training with international partners, providing humanitarian assistance or disaster relief, executing noncombatant evacuation,

and assaulting a hostile shore. In times of both war and peace, these missions are highly relevant to the

U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Cooperative Maritime Strategy.

RUSHMORE is designed primarily to embark and operate Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) assault hovercraft, which are able to

carry a 60-ton payload and travel at speeds in excess of 40 knots. Using this versatile craft, RUSHMORE can conduct

amphibious operations across a wide range of the world’s beaches and at much greater distances than previous

generations of amphibious ships and conventional landing craft.

Officially designated a Landing Ship Dock (LSD), RUSHMORE accomplishes her mission through the use of a well deck and ballasting system to enable the loading, launching and recovery of landing craft. After departing the ship, assault craft are directed to shore by the ship’s Combat Information Center (CIC). The ship has robust command, control, and communications equipment. It carries an electronic warfare suite and surface-to-air missile launchers to protect from anti-ship cruise missile attack. It also carries a variety of machine guns for self-defense against surface threats. Using its own small boats and Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure (VBSS) teams, RUSHMORE can also conduct Maritime Security Operations, such as anti-piracy and maritime surveillance.

With a 440-foot well deck capable of holding four LCACs, a flight deck able to land and launch two CH-53E (heavy lift) helicopters, the Navy’s

latest diesel propulsion and engineering technology, advanced repair facilities, a sophisticated air defense system, complete medical and

dental facilities, and troop berthing accommodations for up to 500 embarked Marines, the warship RUSHMORE represents an

exciting and formidable amphibious and maritime security capability.

The ship has a crew of approximately 300 and is organized into six departments: Operations, Deck, Engineering, Supply, Medical, and Executive.

USS RUSHMORE is named after Mount Rushmore National Monument in the Black Hills of South Dakota. RUSHMORE was built by Avondale Industries in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mrs. Meredith Brokaw, wife of NBC News anchorman Tom Brokaw, christened the ship on May 6, 1989.

Commissioning ceremonies were held on June 1, 1991 along the banks of the Mississippi River at the River Walk in New Orleans.

Useful Information

Your new mailing address while attached to RUSHMORE:

Rank or Rate/Name

Assigned Division


FPO AP 96677-1735

You will receive a ship e-mail address after you check aboard.

More Information

You can learn more about the ship and the arrival procedures at the ship’s official website


Command Sponsor Coordinator

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 NFAAS?

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

4. 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.

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