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HII delivers LPD 26 to US Navy

17th May 2016 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has made the official delivery of its tenth San Antonio class amphibious transport dock, USS John P Murtha (LPD 26), to the US Navy, the company announced on 13 May.

The successful completion of the ship's acceptance sea trials was announced on 19 April. The test and trials team conducted over 200 trials on the ship over six days, including in-port and underway portions. 

HII is currently building the 11th LPD, USS Portland (LPD 27), which launched in February. The company has also received advance procurement funding for the 12th LPD, USS Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28).

The 684ft long San Antonio class vessels are used to embark and land marines, equipment and supplies ashore via air cushion or conventional landing craft, amphibious assault vehicles, or helicopters such as the MV-22 Osprey. The ships provide support across the spectrum of operations, including amphibious and expeditionary missions, sea control and power projection, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions.

Richard Schenk, vice president, program management, HII, said: ‘Today we delivered our tenth LPD, and we have at least two more ships to complete in this class. John P Murtha is the culmination of four years of tireless efforts on the part of thousands of our shipyard employees and our navy partner. I couldn’t be more proud of all of those involved, and they are showing that serial production pays dividends when it comes to providing affordable ships to our nation.’

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