U.S. Navy Receives New Ship
December 21, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
PASCAGOULA, Miss., Dec. 21 (UPI) — The amphibious transport dock USS San Diego has been officially transferred to the U.S. Navy by Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc.
The handover of the ship, the sixth amphibious transport dock by Ingalls Shipbuilding, took place Monday during a ceremony at company facilities in Pascagoula, Miss.
“This delivery exemplifies the unique skill and craftsmanship of our shipbuilders,” said Doug Lounsberry, Ingalls Shipbuilding’s vice president and program manager, LPD 17 program.
“What we are accomplishing collectively in the LPD program with the Navy and our Supervisor of Shipbuilding partners proves the value of our shipbuilding knowledge.
“This shipbuilding program, which includes vendors and businesses from 39 different states, demonstrates a solid business plan which continues to progress.”
During acceptance sea trials, the San Diego’s main propulsion, steering, communications and deck missions systems were thoroughly tested.
“Accepting San Diego today on behalf of the Navy is an honor and a privilege I have been looking forward to for a long time,” said Navy Cmdr. Jon Haydel, the ship’s commanding officer.
“The teamwork between the Navy and Ingalls has been a testament to how shipbuilding should be done, with constant and effective two-way communication throughout the construction and outfitting process.”
The ship will be home-ported in San Diego. It will be formally commissioned in the spring.
The San Diego is 684 feet long and 105 feet wide. Like other San Antonio class amphibious transport dock vessels, it can carry as many as 800 expeditionary force U.S. Marines, together with landing craft and helicopters.