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GULF OF MEXICO (March 4, 2016) The future amphibious transport dock ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) John P. Murtha (LPD 26) conducts builder's trials March 4, 2016 in the Gulf of Mexico. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls/Released)
Future USS John P Murtha Completes Acceptance Trials

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (NNS) -- The Navy's future amphibious transport dock John P. Murtha (LPD 26) successfully completed Acceptance Trials April 15.

The Acceptance Trials consisted of a series in port and underway tests and trials that validate the functionality of ship's systems. The trials are conducted by the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) over a six-day period.

"The INSURV team provided a detailed assessment of the ship's readiness through a rigorous schedule of test events," said Capt. Darren Plath, LPD 17 Class program manager, Program Executive Office, Ships. "This included several systems new to the LPD 17 Class to include the SPS-48G air search radar and the Navy Multiband Terminal satellite communications system. Overall, LPD 26 performed very well and will soon be another highly capable, combat ready ship delivered to the U.S. Fleet."

The dockside checks demonstrated the functionality of key systems prior to the underway period. While at sea the future USS John P. Murtha completed a number of demonstrations including a full power run, self-defense detect-to-engage exercises, steering checks, boat handling, anchoring and rapid ballast and de-ballast demonstrations. The tests conducted during the underway period certified that all systems including main propulsion, ship control, combat, communications and damage control were fully inspected and validated for operational tasking.

"It's been two and half years since Ingalls last conducted LPD acceptance trials," said Supervisor of Shipbuilding Capt. Joe Tuite. "The team did an excellent job preparing the ship for a successful trials period. The ship was cleared for sea on the morning of the second day, the earliest of any of the previous nine LPDs."

John P. Murtha will be the tenth ship of the LPD 17 San Antonio class to join the fleet. The ship is scheduled to be commissioned in Philadelphia this fall, and will be homeported in San Diego.

The principal mission of LPD 17 San Antonio-class ships is to deploy combat and support elements of Marine expeditionary units and brigades. With the capability of transporting and debarking air cushion or conventional landing craft and augmented by helicopters or MV-22 vertical take-off and landing aircraft, these ships support amphibious assault, special operations, and expeditionary warfare missions.

As one of the Defense Department'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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