U.S. Naval forces participate in Operation Allied Force

The Adriatic Sea, 24 March 1999 – A Tomahawk missile launched in the first strike against Yugoslavia leaves the bow of the guided missile cruiser USS Philippines Sea. USS Philippine Sea was the first U.S. ship involved in strike operations in support of NATO’s Operation Allied Force. Mar. 24, 1999.


Litohoro, Greece, 10 June 1999 – Marines of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit arrive on the beach at Litohoro, Greece, by Air Cushion Landing Craft from USS Kearsarge. The first wave of 26th MEU Marines arrived ashore in Litohoro during the early-morning hours to support the NATO peacekeeping mission in Kosovo. The 26th MEU and USS Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group are deployed in support of NATO’s Operation Allied Force.


At sea aboard USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) Mar. 25, 1999 – A „Tomahawk“ cruise missile launches from the U.S. Navy cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) at targets throughout Kosovo, Yugoslavia. Philippine Sea is participating in day two of the NATO-led Operation Allied Force. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Renso Amariz.

USS Philippine Sea launches Tomahawk missile.

At sea aboard USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) June 10, 1999 – Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAVs) from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) disembark from the Dock Landing Ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) bound for the beach at Litohoro, Greece. Once ashore, elements of the 26th MEU will form-up and move to a forward support base in Macedonia to take part in NATO peacekeeping efforts in Kosovo. Gunston Hall and the 26th MEU are deployed in support of NATO Operation Allied Force. U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 2nd Class John Harrington.

26th MEU AAV's disembark from the USS Gunston Hall