PASCAGOULA, Miss. (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the future John P. Murtha (LPD 26) during a ceremony at the Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard, May 13.
The delivery of John P. Murtha serves as the official transfer of the ship from the shipbuilder to the Navy and is a major milestone in the ship's transition to operational status.
"This is the 10th San Antonio-class ship we've delivered, and our Sailors and Marine Corps will be receiving another highly capable platform in John P. Murtha," said Capt. Darren Plath, LPD 17 class program manager. "This ship has performed exceedingly well to date, which is a testament to our Navy and industry team and the production efficiencies realized on this class."
Following crew move aboard and certification, the ship will transit to Philadelphia for commissioning, planned for fall 2016. Upon commissioning the ship will transit to her homeport of San Diego.
The principal mission of LPD 17 class amphibious transport dock ships is to transport and deploy the necessary combat and support elements of Marine Expeditionary Units and Brigades. The ship will carry 699 troops -- with a surge capacity to 800 -- and have the capability to transport and debark air cushion or conventional landing craft and amphibious vehicles, augmented by helicopters or vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (MV-22). These ships will support amphibious assault, special operations and expeditionary warfare missions through the first half of the 21st century.
HII is currently in production on the future USS Portland (LPD 27) and was awarded a contract in December 2015 for long lead time material to support detail design and construction of the future LPD 28.
As one of the Department of Defense's largest acquisition organizations, PEO Ships is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all destroyers, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships, and special warfare craft.
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