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USS Bataan (LHD-5)
USS Bataan (LHD-5) is a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship commissioned in 1997.
LHD 5 is named to honor the heroic defense of the Bataan Peninsula on the western side of Manila Bay in the Philippines during the early days of World War II. Ship's Sponsor, Linda Sloan Mundy, wife of former Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Carl E. Mundy, Jr, christened the new ship "in the name of the United States and in honor of the heroic defenders of Bataan."
More than 100 members of veterans groups associated with the defense of Bataan and the subsequent infamous "Death March," the battle of Corregidor and the aircraft carrier USS Bataan (CVL-29) were at the christening ceremony.
Other US Navy ships named Bataan: USS Bataan (CVL-29).
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