Anchorage (LPD 23), the seventh LPD-class ship being built by NGSB-Gulf Coast, was successfully launched at Avondale on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011.
“We are pleased with the successful launch,” said Bruce Knowles, LPD 23 program manager. “Hundreds of shipbuilders were responsible for getting the ship to this point, and I thank all of them for their hard work. It has definitely been a team effort; and Saturday, February 12, was a proud day to be a shipbuilder.”
Ship completion benchmarks prior to launch have steadily improved with each successive LPD ship in production across the Gulf Coast – and LPD 23 was no exception. “We met all of our prelaunch objectives, and LPD 23 is the most complete LPD ship at launch,” said Knowles. “Our entire team worked harder and smarter to achieve those objectives.”
LPD 23’s ship progress is approximately 78 percent complete. Some of the pre-launch objectives included installing systems and equipment not accomplished on previous LPDs at launch such as mechanical completion for the anchor windlass hydraulic system. See the March edition of Shipbuilder for more details about the launch.