HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division began fabrication of the U.S. Navy’s latest San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock Pittsburgh (LPD 31) on Wednesday. The beginning of fabrication signifies that the primary 100 tons of metal have been reduce for the ship. Ingalls has delivered 12 San Antonio-class ships to the Navy and has three extra below development, together with Richard M. McCool (LPD 29), Harrisburg (LPD 30) and Pittsburgh (LPD 31), which would be the second Flight II LPD. LPD Flight II is the following era amphibious ship to interchange Whidbey Island (LSD 41) and Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) courses of dock touchdown ships.

“The beginning of fabrication on LPD 31 demonstrates our skill to proceed manufacturing high quality ships for our Navy and Marine Corps companions. Our shipbuilders are excited to be reaching this milestone in development and are dedicated to seeing Pittsburgh serve our nation effectively into the longer term,” stated Mike Pruitt, Ingalls Shipbuilding LPD program supervisor.


Amphibious transport docks are a serious a part of the Navy’s twenty first century expeditionary pressure, deployed with a U.S. Marine Corps Air-Floor Job Drive for amphibious and expeditionary disaster response operations that vary from deterrence and joint-force enablement to humanitarian help and catastrophe aid. LPD 31 is the fifth Navy vessel to be named after the historic metropolis of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The primary ship was an ironclad gunboat and served through the American Civil Conflict. Since then, the title Pittsburgh has been assigned to 4 vessels which have served the U.S. throughout battle.

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