The U.S. Navy commissioned its latest Amphibious Transport Dock ship USS Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28) July 30, 2022, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Visitor audio system for the occasion additionally included President of Ingalls Shipbuilding Kari Wilkinson; Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Eric Smith; Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantlis; and principal speaker, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida’s twenty third District. Constructed by the Huntington Ingalls Industries in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Fort Lauderdale was launched March 28, 2020 and christened Aug. 21, 2021. The ship was delivered to U.S. Navy Nov. 30, 2021. The ceremony marks the official transition of the usFort Lauderdale into the fleet and caps a weeklong sequence of occasions celebrating the ship and its namesake metropolis.

“To the Sailors and Marines who will serve aboard USS Fort Lauderdale, thanks and your households upfront for the service you’ll fulfill and sacrifices you could endure. The second you deliver this Amphibious Transport Dock to life, you’ll strengthen the built-in deterrence functionality of our total Joint Drive,” Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro, who spoke on the occasion, mentioned.


“Lastly, if there may be one factor that historical past has proven us from the times of antiquity it’s that the stakes of the competitors for management of the seas are excessive and for our half, USS Fort Lauderdale stands able to ship on any day, and at any time. For we’re outfitted with America’s unstoppable secret weapon that our enemies won’t ever be capable of duplicate and that’s the fierce, devoted and unstoppable, women and men of the USA Navy and Marine Corps!,” mentioned Capt. James Quaresimo, the ship’s commanding officer.

The official occasion acknowledges the Honorable Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Florida U.S. Consultant, on the commissioning of USS Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28). (US Navy Picture by Sgt. Gavin Shelton, USMC)

USS Fort Lauderdale (LPD-28) would be the twelfth Flight I San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship of the USA Navy, the ship is the primary ship of the USA Navy to be named for Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Fort Lauderdale is below building in Pascagoula, Mississippi at Ingalls Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII). The primary design options meant to scale back the price of Fort Lauderdale in comparison with the San Antonio-class on which she is predicated are simplified bow works, alternative of the ahead and aft composite masts with metal masts, elimination of constructions from the boat valley, and a stern gate which is open on the prime. It will make Fort Lauderdale a “transitional ship” between the present San Antonio-class design and future LX(R) vessels.

The San Antonio class is a category of amphibious transport docks, additionally known as a “touchdown platform, dock” (LPD), utilized by the U.S. Navy. These warships substitute 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. Amphibious transport dock ships are warships that embark, transport and land parts of a touchdown power for a wide range of expeditionary warfare mission. LPDs are used to move and land Marines, their gear, and provides by embarked Touchdown Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) or standard touchdown craft and amphibious assault autos (AAV) augmented by helicopters or vertical take-off and touchdown plane (MV 22). These ships help amphibious assault, particular operations, or expeditionary warfare missions and function secondary aviation platforms for amphibious operations.

Acceptance Trials are the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship to the Navy later this year.
Acceptance Trials are the final important milestone earlier than supply of the ship to the Navy later this 12 months.