USS San Antonio is currently fully engaged in “Integrated Phase” training and preparing for global operational environments in Norfolk, VA. This ship is the first amphibious transport dock of the twelve-ship San Antonio class.
San Antonio will be used to transport and land Marines, their equipment and supplies by embarked air cushion or conventional landing craft or Expeditionary Fighting Vehicles, augmented by helicopters or vertical take off and landing aircraft. She will support amphibious assault, special ops, or expeditionary warfare missions through the first half of the 21st Century.
Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton named the lead ship of the LPD 17 class San Antonio in 1996. The ship is named in honor of the City of San Antonio, Texas.
“USS San Antonio will be the most high-tech, advanced amphibious ship ever built. It is an honor for me to name such an important new combat ship after San Antonio, site of the battle of the Alamo. It is also important that we keep alive the tradition of naming ships after American cities,” said the Secretary.
- Length: 684 feet (208.5 meters)
- Beam: 105 feet (31.9 meters)
- Displacement: 24,900 long ship tons
- Speed: In excess of 22 knots (24.2 mph)
- Aircraft: Four CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters or two MV-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft may be launched or recovered simultaneously. The ship's hangar can store 1-2 aircraft.
- Armament: Two 30mm Close-in-Guns, for surface threat defense; two Rolling Airframe Missile launchers for air defense
- Landing Craft: Two LCACs (air cushion) or one LCU (conventional)
- EFVs: 14 Marine Corps Expeditionary Fighting Vehicles
- Power plant: Four Colt-Pielstick diesel engines, two shafts, 40,000 Hp
- Crew: 360 Sailors (28 officers, 332 enlisted) and 3 Marines
- Troops: 699 (66 officers, 633 enlisted);
- LPD 17 Class: San Antonio (LPD 17) , New Orleans (LPD 18) , Mesa Verde (LPD 19) , Green Bay (LPD 20) , New York (LPD 21) , and San Diego (LPD 22) , Anchorage (LPD 23) , Arlington (LPD 24), and Somerset (LPD 25)
- Motto: “Never Retreat ... Never Surrender”
San Antonio was christened July 19, 2003, by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas. The ship was delivered to the Navy and commissioned as USS San Antonio in 2006.