Military Logistics

LPD 26 completes acceptance trials

21st April 2016 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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Acceptance sea trials for the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, USS John P Murtha (LPD 26), have been successfully completed, Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) 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. Trials included running the ship at full power, steering and detect-to-engage exercises, and ballast/deballast and anchor-handling demonstrations.

A team from the US Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey spent time onboard to evaluate the ship’s performance.

Shipbuilders will now put the final fit-and-finish touches on LPD 26 before it is delivered in May 2016. HII has built and delivered nine San Antonio-class ships so far, and the 11th ship, USS Portland (LPD 27), is currently under construction. LPD 27 launched on 13 February and is set to be christened on 21 May.

Kari Wilkinson, LPD 26 program manager, HII, said: ‘This was a significant test at sea for LPD 26, and the ship performed well. The logistical performance it takes for our test and trials team to execute all of these events while underway is nothing short of phenomenal. Once again the navy will be receiving a quality Ingalls-built ship that will be mission-ready and able to achieve whatever tasks the sailors and marines require.’

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