Ingalls Shipbuilding recently accomplishes major construction milestone on USS Fort Lauderdale LPD 28

According to information published by Huntington Ingalls Industries on January 8, 2021, Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi, recently accomplished a major construction milestone on the U.S. Navy amphibious transport dock USS Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28).
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Launch of USS Fort Lauderdale LPD 28 amphibious transport dock on 28 March 2020. (Picture source Ingalls Shipbuilding)

Workers of Ingalls Shipbuilding have started the first generator aboard LPD 28. The ship is powered by four sequentially turbocharged marine Colt-Pielstick diesel engines. The the electrical power of the vessel is provided by five 2,500kW Caterpillar diesel generators (SSDG) with self-cleaning strainers and filters and electric pumps.

Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has launched the amphibious transport dock, Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28) in March 2020.

The USS Fort Lauderdale (LPD-28) will be the twelfth San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship build for the United States Navy by Ingalls Shipbuilding.

The San Antonio class is the latest addition to the Navy’s 21st century amphibious assault force. The ship has a length of 208.5 m, a beam of 31.9 m, a draft of 7.0 m and a full loaded displacement of 25,000 tons. The ship will be used to embark and land Marines, their equipment and supplies ashore via air cushion or conventional landing craft and amphibious assault vehicles, augmented by helicopters or vertical takeoff and landing aircraft such as the MV-22 Osprey.

The San Antonio class ship amphibious transport dock will be able to support a Marine Air Ground Task Force across the spectrum of operations, conducting amphibious and expeditionary missions of sea control and power projection to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions throughout the first half of the 21st century.

The San Antonio class ship can carried two LCACs (Landing Craft Air Cushions) or one LCU (Landing Craft Utility). The LCAC is used as landing craft by the United States Navy's Assault Craft Units to transport weapons systems, equipment, cargo and personnel of the assault elements of the Marine Air/Ground Task Force both from ship to shore and across the beach.

The LCU is a light boat used by amphibious forces to transport equipment and troops to the shore. They are capable of transporting tracked or wheeled vehicles and troops from amphibious assault ships to beachheads or piers.

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