San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28) departed from HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division on Monday, en path to its commissioning website in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Fort Lauderdale was delivered to the U.S. Navy in March following acceptance sea trials and is the twelfth San Antonio-class ship delivered by HII. Further San Antonio-class ships are underneath building at Ingalls, together with Richard M. McCool Jr. (LPD 29) and the primary Flight II amphibious ship within the San Antonio class, Harrisburg (LPD 30). Later this yr, fabrication will start on the fifteenth San Antonio-class ship, Pittsburgh (LPD 31).

“Watching Fort Lauderdale sail away to affix the Navy’s fleet is a really proud second for our total LPD shipbuilding workforce and our expert workforce,” mentioned Mike Pruitt, Ingalls LPD program supervisor. “Our shipbuilders have executed an excellent job constructing a mission succesful ship for these sailors and our nation.”


“Ingalls Shipbuilders take nice satisfaction in figuring out that each amphibious ship that leaves this shipyard will help our Navy and Marine Corps workforce defending our nation,” Ingalls Shipbuilding President Kari Wilkinson mentioned. “We at Ingalls stay dedicated to this partnership and contemplate it a privilege to serve those that serve.”

U.S. Navy San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28)

The San Antonio class is a category of amphibious transport docks, additionally known as a “touchdown platform, dock” (LPD), utilized by the US Navy. These warships change the Austin-class LPDs (together with Cleveland and Trenton sub-classes), in addition to the Newport-class tank touchdown ships, and the Charleston-class amphibious cargo ships which have already been retired.Amphibious transport docks are a significant a part of the Navy’s twenty first century expeditionary pressure, deployed with a U.S. Marine Corps Air-Floor Process Drive for amphibious and expeditionary disaster response operations that vary from deterrence and joint-force enablement to humanitarian help and catastrophe reduction.

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) is the most important army shipbuilding firm in the US in addition to a supplier {of professional} providers to companions in authorities and trade. HII is an all-domain protection and applied sciences associate, acknowledged worldwide as America’s largest shipbuilder. With a 135-year historical past of trusted partnerships in advancing U.S. nationwide safety, HII delivers important capabilities starting from probably the most highly effective and survivable naval ships ever constructed, to unmanned programs, ISR and AI/ML analytics. Headquartered in Virginia, HII’s expert workforce is 44,000 sturdy. HII, ranked No. 371 on the Fortune 500, was shaped on March 31, 2011, as a spin-off of Northrop Grumman.