Lt. Cmdr. Andy Baldwin, the Senior Medical Officer aboard the Ingalls-built USS Makin Island (LHD 8) writes about his experiences as both a Naval officer and a highly trained physician on the Navy’s healthcare blog. In his first three months on board, he’s already developed a heightened sense of appreciation for our amphib:
"The amphibious assault ship is one of the most multi-mission capable vessels in the U.S. Navy, having the ability to insert and extract personnel by sea and air and land. This ability has growing importance in the core component of the U.S. Navy’s maritime strategy to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster response around the world."
You may recognize Lt. Cmdr. Baldwin from one of his previous “missions” as star of the 10th season of The Bachelor: Officer and Gentleman.
USS Makin Island (LHD 8) was christened at Ingalls in Pascagoula on August 19, 2006 and commissioned into service on October 24, 2009.