|USS Essex (LHD-2)|
"The Iron Gator"
The USS Essex appears in Battlefield 2, Battlefield Play4Free, Battlefield 3, and Battlefield 4.
USS Essex (LHD-2) is a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship commissioned into the United States Navy on October 17, 1992. It is the fifth ship named for Essex County, Massachusetts. Essex is currently serving as the command ship for Expeditionary Strike Group Seven led by the Commander, Task Force 76.
|USS Essex (LHD-2)|
|Main weapon||x2 Phalanx CIWS|
|Main weapon rate of fire||4,500 RPM|
|Main weapon ammunition per reload||500 per Phalanx|
|Secondary weapon||x2 RIM-7 Sea Sparrow missile launchers (Controlled through Phalanx CIWS)|
|Secondary weapon ammunition per reload||8 per Sea Sparrow|
|Operators||United States Marine Corps|
The USS Essex in Battlefield 2 acts as a starting base for the United States Marine Corps whenever an amphibious assault is involved, the ship normally hosts two MH-60S Knight Hawks, one AH-1Z Cobra, two F-35Bs and Rigid Inflatable Boats.The types of vehicles and the number of each type varies between maps. There are 2 spawnpoints on the Essex, one located on the flight deck with the air vehicles, and the other below deck with the RIBs.
The Essex is equipped with two Phalanx CIWS - the first located at the rear of the flight deck and the other located on the 'island' of the ship. The USMC team's UAV Station and Radar are located on the ship.
- Dalian Plant (32 & 64 player modes)
- Dragon Valley (64 player mode) (has two AH-1Zs instead of two MH-60s and an AH-1Z)
- Gulf of Oman (32 and 64 player modes)
- Wake Island 2007 (64 player mode) (has four RIBs instead of the usual two, but only has one F-35 and one MH-60 instead of two)
- Zatar Wetlands (64 player mode) (has only one MH-60 and no AH-1Z)
Battlefield 2: Special ForcesEdit
The USS Essex appears in Battlefield 2: Special Forces on the map Iron Gator and the level involves a MEC raid on the Essex. The interior of the Essex is much bigger, allowing players to access the Hanger Bay, Engine Room and Mess Hall. F/A-18C Hornets can be found on the Essex, but they cannot be interacted with in anyway. 1 Phalanx CIWS has been removed, as well as all aircraft on the ship, having been replaced by a sole AH-64 Apache. The number of Rigid Inflatable Boats has also been increased to four (six on the 64-player version).
Battlefield Play4FreeEditThe USS Essex acts as the starting base for the USMC in Battlefield Play4Free on Gulf of Oman and Dalian Plant. Here spawn six RIBs, one LAV-25, two F-35B's, two AH-64's, a UH-60 and two Stingers for anti-air defense. Recently after a patch instead of the UH-60 it spawns a third F-35B on the US side.
The USS Essex makes an appearance in multiplayer as the US deployment on naval maps. On deck, players can pilot the F/A-18E Super Hornet, A-10 Thunderbolt II, AH-1Z Viper or AH-6J Little Bird. Below deck, RHIB Boats, an AAV-7A1 AMTRAC, and a number of LAV-25s spawn to ferry players ashore. A player can man the Centurion C-RAM, but Sea Sparrow missiles are not available.
The USS Valkyrie appears in the campaign, and is identical to the Essex, only differing in name. The USS Essex appears on all naval maps in the game and plays a major role in the Naval Strike expansion. The model for the carrier is used for both the PLA and USMC on Carrier Assault. Domination and Deathmatch are played on the Essex on Lost Islands.
- The level Iron Gator in Battlefield 2: Special Forces is named after the ship's nickname, "The Iron Gator".