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HII cuts steel for US Navy’s LPD 29

1st August 2018 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has begun fabrication of the 13th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock at Pascagoula, Mississippi with the cutting of the first 100t of steel, NAVSEA announced on 30 July.

The US Navy awarded the detail design and construction contract for LPD 29 to HII on 16 February, 2018. Eleven San Antonio class ships have already been delivered including USS Portland (LPD 27). LPD 28 and 29 will serve as transition ships to LPD 30, the first ship of the Flight II class.  LPD Flight II class ships will replace the navy’s ageing LSD 41/49 class ships.

The LPD 17 San Antonio class vessels can transport and debark air cushion or amphibious assault vehicles, accommodate the CH-53E Sea Stallion, CH-46/SH-60 helicopters and the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. The vessels are capable of carrying around 720 soldiers.

The prime mission of the San Antonio class is to transport and deploy the necessary combat and support elements of Marine Expeditionary Units and brigades. The vessels will support amphibious assault, special operations and expeditionary warfare missions.

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