The future USS Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28) unveiled on 28 March from Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) shipyard in Pascagoula, marking a breakthrough in the ship’s development process, U.S. Navy declared today.
On March 7, the ship was shifted from the land level facility to the dry dock in preparation for floating off. During the launch, the dry dock was slowly flooded until the ship floated without the blocks.
San Antonio class ships support embarking, transporting, and landing elements of 650 Marines by touchdown craft or air-cushion vehicles. The ship’s capacities are further revamped by its flight deck and hangar, which can run CH 46 Sea Knight helicopters and the Osprey tilt-rotor plane (MV-22). Due to the ship’s inherent capabilities, it is ready to help quite a lot of amphibious assault, particular operations and expeditionary warfare missions, operating independently or as a part of Amphibious Readiness Groups (ARGs), or Expeditionary Strike Groups.
Ingalls Shipbuilding will also be in manufacturin the future USS Richard M. McCool (LPD 29) and Harrisburg (LPD 30). LPD 28 and 29 will oversee transition ships to LPD 30, the first LPD 17 Flight II ship.
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