This challenge coin, dedicated to the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1), is as solid and impressively created as the crew member who carries it.
As the 10th ship since 1775 to bear the name Wasp - a creature with a propensity to deliver painful stings – the ship boasts modern innovations and advances that her make her an invaluable machine to the fearless warriors she sails into battle. The USS Wasp was designed specifically to support Landing Craft Air Cushion hovercrafts that propel Marines and their gear to the shore (and along it) from up to 50nm away. These over-the-horizon attacks (OTH) allow the ship and her crew to remain at a safer distance, while increasing favorable odds for undetected beach landings to exact devastation upon liberty’s enemies.
Fighter jets to helicopters, for combat or disaster relief, the ship can also harbor a number of various aircraft, depending on her mission. Augmenting her air and watercraft power are anti-missile and anti-aircraft capabilities, along with autocannons and .50 caliber machine guns. Armed for lethality, and prepared for rescue, the USS Wasp never fails to hit its target.
Minted in the USA from special deep-relief coining dies, struck from solid bronze, and hand-finished with an antique patina for exceptional quality and detail, this challenge coin pays tribute to the USS Wasp (LHD-1) and her intrepid crew . The obverse displays an impressively detailed depiction of the ship slicing through the sea, with a V-22 Osprey VTOL lifting off to a mission, with the crew’s motto “Honor, Tradition, Excellence.” The reverse bears the USS Wasp’s official seal, with the details highlighted by a halo of blue.