The USS Essex in Battlefield 2 acts as a starting base for the United States Marine Corps whenever a amphibious assault is involved, the ship normally hosts 2 MH-60S Knight Hawks, 1 AH-1Z Cobra, 2 F-35Bs and 2 Rigid Inflatable Boats. But the types of vehicles and the number of each type varies between maps, and the Essex can be modified to carry different vehicles through modding. There are 2 spawnpoints on the Essex, one located on the flight deck, and the other below deck.
The Essex is equipped with 2 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.
AppearancesBattlefield 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-18 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they cannot be interacted with in anyway. 1 Phalanx CIWS has been removed, as well as all aircraft on the ship, having been replaced by a sole AH-64 Apache.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 4.