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LPD 26 completes builder's trials

9th March 2016 - 14:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has now completed builder's sea trials of the tenth San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, John P. Murtha (LPD 26), it announced on 7 March.

During the trials, the ship spent four days in the Gulf of Mexico with the HII test and trials team conducting over 200 test events.  Major tests that took place included running the ship at full power and steering, detect-to-engage exercise, ballast/deballast demonstration and anchor-handling demonstration.

HII will now prepare the ship for acceptance trials in April. These trials will demonstrate the same tests to the US Navy, ahead of delivery in the second quarter of 2016.

George Jones, vice president, operations, HII, said: ‘LPD 26 experienced an excellent builder's trials. The John P. Murtha is a quality ship, and the ability to deliver her on schedule later this year is a result of great craftsmen and the outstanding navy partnership we have with the supervisor of shipbuilding, Gulf Coast.’

Kari Wilkinson, programme manager, LPD 26, HII, said: ‘Overall the builder’s trial was successful, and the ship performed well. This shipbuilding milestone is another accomplishment for a seasoned LPD production and test team that is ready to continue the learning on future LPD platforms. This team understands the important mission LPDs provide to our nation, and we look forward to delivering another fine, much-needed asset to our sailors and marines.’

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