U.S. Navy Commissions San Antonio-class LPD, USS Fort Lauderdale

San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28) departed from Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII)’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division on 11 July, en route to its commissioning site in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

“Ingalls Shipbuilders take great pride in knowing that each and every amphibious ship that leaves this shipyard will support our Navy and Marine Corps team defending our nation. We at Ingalls remain committed to this partnership and consider it a privilege to serve those who serve.”

Kari Wilkinson, Ingalls Shipbuilding President

Fort Lauderdale was delivered to the U.S. Navy in March following acceptance sea trials and is the 12th San Antonio-class ship delivered by HII. Additional San Antonio-class ships are under construction at Ingalls, including Richard M. McCool Jr. (LPD 29) and the first Flight II amphibious ship in the San Antonio classHarrisburg (LPD 30). Later this year, fabrication will begin on the 15th San Antonio-class ship, Pittsburgh (LPD 31).

“Watching Fort Lauderdale sail away to join the Navy’s fleet is a very proud moment for our entire LPD shipbuilding team and our skilled workforce,” said Mike Pruitt, Ingalls LPD program manager. “Our shipbuilders have done an outstanding job building a mission-capable ship for these sailors and our country.”

San Antonio-class LPD leaves HII for commissioning
The future USS Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28) during sea trials. HII picture.

LPD 28 is scheduled to be commissioned on July 30 in Fort Lauderdale. It is named to honor the Florida city’s historic ties to the U.S. Navy, which date back to the 1830s and include an important naval training center during World War II.

Amphibious transport docks are a major part of the Navy’s 21st-century expeditionary force, deployed with a U.S. Marine Corps Air-Ground Task Force for amphibious and expeditionary crisis response operations that range from deterrence and joint-force enablement to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

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