United States Navy amphibious assault ship that was commissioned 1980, part of the "Gator Navy." I served onboard the Peleliu 1992-1994. Motto is "Pax Per Potens" latin for "Peace Through Power." She's an amphibious assault ship/flat top carrier designed to carry Marines to their destination, full compliment of battle equipment, LCACs, LCUs, Harriers, Super Cobras, CH-46s, CH-53Es, SH-60s, and Hueys. Secondary mission is a floating hospital ship with 600 bed capability, 6 operating rooms, and 3 dental treatment rooms. http://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/lh...s/ourship.aspx Ship Crest
The stars across the top of the shield represent the eight Medal of Honor recipients from the Battle of Peleliu Island in 1944. Centered is the large roman numeral "V" which represents the hull number of the ship, LHA-5. The four point star in the "V" identifies the four functions of the landing force, and sustain their operations ashore. In the lower left-hand side of the shield is a ring which by tradition of heraldry, symbolizes the fifth born. The 1st Marine Division emblem is the constellation Southern Cross with the numeral '1" superimposed. USS PELELIU's moto is "PAX PER POTENS", which is "PEACE THROUGH POWER".