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USS San Antonio (LPD 17) in Production

The Navy’s newest amphibious ship, the amphibious transport dock USS San Antonio is in production. USS San Antonio is the first ship of 12 amphibious ships that will support the Marine Corps’ landing forces and embarked Marines in forward presence operations throughout the world. Designed to fully support Marine Corps missions involving amphibious or expeditionary maneuver warfare, as well as special operations, the ship has a flight deck for aircraft and a well deck for landing craft or tracked amphibious vehicles. Each ship can carry 720 Marines, land them by Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicles, or fly them to their objective areas in a variety of helicopters or vertical take-off and landing aircraft. At 684 in length, 105 ft. in width, and displacing more than 25,000 tons, these ships are the second largest vessels in the Navy’s 21st Century amphibious force. Designed for survivability, San Antonio’s distinct profile is less vulnerable to detection, particularly with its Advanced Enclosed Mast/Sensor, replacing traditional “stick” masts. The ship also has two surface-to-air missile launchers for air defense and two high rate-of-fire stabilized 30mm guns for close-in protection against small boats. The San Antonio will be shock hardened and equipped with the latest in firefighting and damage control equipment.

Northrop Grumman to Christen Amphibious Ship

Northrop Grumman Corporation's Ship Systems sector will christen San Antonio (LPD 17), the first in a new class of 12 amphibious transport dock ships being built for the U.S. Navy, during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony on Saturday, July 19, 2003. Hundreds of invited guests and employees will be in attendance for the dockside ceremony at the company's Avondale Operations, alongside the Mississippi River near New Orleans, La. The 684-foot-long ship is named in honor of the city of San

Navy, CG Train to Combat Piracy

On board USS San Antonio (LPD 17), Navy and Coast Guard boarding teams ,which are part of Combined Task Force 151, a multinational counterpiracy task force, train to ensure safe and successful operations in the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Red Sea and Indian Ocean. "Our visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) teams will play a central role here, as will the ship's ability to survey the water and air space to search for suspected pirates," said Lt. Cmdr

LPD San Antonio Declared 'Battle-efficient'

USS San Antonio: Credit USN

LPD San Antonio finally wins Battle Efficiency award Naval Surface Force Atlantic announced that the ship, delivered prematurely and tormented by years of mechanical malfunctions and mishaps, has been awarded the Battle Efficiency award, or Battle “E” — a coveted honor given annually to units that demonstrate the highest standards of performance and efficiency. “Everyone who believes that San Antonio is still broken and on the sidelines will now realize that we

USS Anchorage Maiden Voyage Panama Canal Transit

USS Anchorage in Panama Canal: Photo credit USN

Amphibious ship 'USS Anchorage' (LPD 23) transits the Panama Canal while in 4th Fleet's area of operations for the first time. USS Anchorage departed the Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Shipbuilding site in Avondale, La. Oct. 30, 2012 to sail to her future homeport of San Diego. 

 With a beam measuring 105 feet, Anchorage, a San Antonio-class LPD, is among the largest class of ships able to safely pass through the canal, whose locks measure 110 feet

Latest US Department of Defense Contracts

Included in the latest list of US Department of Defense contracts are those for a USACE Mississippi River dredging operation, and a Navy contract for the phased maintenance of the 'USS San Antonio'. Dredging contract: Conti Enterprises Inc., Lincoln Highway, Edison, N.J., has been awarded a $44,828,475 firm-fixed-price contract for a resilient features, west bank and vicinity, hurricane and storm damage risk reduction system for Mississippi River levee, English Turn Bend to Belle Chasse

Navy Finds New Ship Unsat

According to a report from Reuters, U.S. Navy Secretary Donald Winter said he remained unhappy about the performance of the USS San Antonio, the first in a new class of LPD 17 amphibious ships being built by Northrop Grumman Corp. Winters gave a speech on Monday, Nov. 17, at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, a nonpartisan think tank. In his speech, Winters said it was important for the Navy and industry to show greater accountability for any problems.

USS New York Completes Acceptance Trials

The future USS New York (LPD 21) completed acceptance trials July 24, sailing from and returning to the Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding (NGSB) shipyard in New Orleans. The ship's bow stem includes thousands of pounds of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center.  New York is the fifth ship of the San Antonio class to be presented to the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) for acceptance.  This is the final major milestone prior to the shipyard delivering the amphibious

Ingalls Awarded USN Contract for 11th LPD 27

USN LPD 27 Class Ship: Photo credit HII

Ingalls to provide long-lead materials for US Navy LPD 27 The US Navy has awarded a million cost-plus-fixed-fee advance procurement modification contract to Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division to provide long-lead materials for the 11th San Antonio-class (LPD 17) amphibious transport dock, LPD 27. The advance procurement contract for LPD 27 is the fourth to be awarded to the company, with the first contract awarded in October 2010.

Laborde Opens New Texas Division

Building on its mission statement, "The Right Product, The Right Service, The Right Support", Laborde Products, Inc., headquartered in Covington, Louisiana, is opening a new division, Laborde Equipment Services (LES) in San Antonio, Texas. This new facility will provide service to the rapidly expanding San Antonio metro area and the exploding oil and gas Eagle Ford Shale market. LES will provide fast, on-time service for all makes of diesel and gas engines and engine driven equipment

Hapag-Lloyd Revises Schedules Following Vessel Delays


  Hapag-Lloyd has informed that due to severe delays in the Conosur service, following schedule changes are due to be implemented for vessels concerned: Barry 169E ETA San Antonio Westbound: October 12, 2015 ETA Callao: October 16, 2015 ETA Arica: October 24, 2015

Houston Braces for Floods as Texas Deluged by Rain

Hurricane Patricia Image Courtesy NOAA

  Heavy rains fueled by the meeting of two strong storm systems, one the remnants of Hurricane Patricia, pounded southeastern Texas on Saturday, triggering flash floods and derailing a freight train as the heavy weather tracked toward Houston.

Hurricane Patricia Brings Rain, Flooding to Louisiana

Torrential rainstorms battered Louisiana on Sunday, leaving thousands without power, after pounding southeastern Texas as the remnants of Hurricane Patricia converged with a second storm. The heaviest band of rain moved over the Gulf of Mexico

USS Anchorage Aids Stranded Sri Lankan Fishing Vessel

Sailors assigned to San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23), pull alongside stranded Sri Lankan fishing vessel MV Lakshan.

  San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) rendered assistance and provided aid to the crew of a stranded Sri Lankan-flagged fishing vessel, M/V Lakshan, Nov. 4 at 12:30 p.m. local time. Watchstanders spotted six mariners aboard the vessel waving articles

Huntington Ingalls Industries Profits up in Q3 Report

Mike Petters (Photo: HII)

Shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) released its third quarter 2014 results which reported revenues of $1.72 billion, up 4.9 percent compared to the same period last year. Third quarter diluted earnings per share was $1.96, compared to diluted earnings per share of $1

Women Needed for Shore Programs

Operations Specialist 1st Class Savanna Rogers, a Recruit Division Commander (RDC) at the Golden 13 Recruit In-processing Center at Recruit Training Command (RTC), observes new female recruits checking boxes with their new

  Career opportunities for active-duty female Sailors are abundant with the Women Ashore program, Navy detailers said Nov. 12. "There are opportunities for female Sailors to earn their Instructor Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) (9502), their master training specialist qualification

Chilean Port Workers Strike Disrupts Container Movements

Over 200 workers at Chile's San Antonio port remain on strike and workers at other ports have said they would not unload San Antonio port operator Puerto Central ships.    Over 200 workers at Chile's San Antonio port remain on strike with workers at other ports saying they will not

Navy to Christen Amphibious Ship John P. Murtha

San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship John P. Murtha. Photo  USN

  The Navy will christen the newest amphibious transport dock ship, John P. Murtha (LPD 26), Saturday, March 21 during a 10:00 a.m. CDT ceremony at the Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss.   The ship is named in honor of John P

US Navy Christens New Amphibious Transport Dock as John P Murtha

Amphibious warship John P. Murtha: 	Photo by US Naval Institute

 The US Navy is christening the tenth San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship on 21 March at the Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) shipbuilding division visitor control centre.   The ship is being named in honour of late John P Murtha

Fleet Week Kicks off in New York

A USNA Yard Patrol Craft passes the Statue of Liberty as part of the parade of ships, kicking off Fleet Week New York 2015. (Photo courtesy

Three U.S. Navy ships, two U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) cutters, and four U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) Yard Patrol boats have arrived in the New York Harbor to participate in the 2015 Fleet Week New York Parade of Ships.   Participating ships include the amphibious transport dock USS San Antonio

NATO Begins Maritime Exercises in Baltic Region

Baltic Operations 2014. Photo credit: U.S. NAVY

 Forces from 17 NATO and non-member partner countries will carry out joint maritime exercises in the Baltic region over the next two weeks.   “Seventeen NATO and partner nations will participate in the 43rd iteration of the multinational maritime exercise BALTOPS 2015 in Poland

Strike to Hit Chilean Ports

Image: San Antonio Port, Chile

 The main dockworkers union in Chile has voted for indefinite strike action at the country’s national ports.   A key labor reform act is due to be voted on in Congress sometime over the next few days. In addition, the union is also urging the government to push through better

Missing Divers Found in Gulf of Mexico

A Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew stands with two rescued divers after they were located and rescued Saturday, June 27. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

U.S. Coast Guard crews locate two missing divers in Gulf of Mexico   Two overdue divers offshore from San Jose Island, Texas, were rescued by a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) helicopter crew Saturday afternoon.   The two San Antonio men, Dennis Garrett and Robert Holms

Adverse Weather Warning to Chilean Ports

ISS logo

  Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) is advising that Chile’s Port Authority has issued a warning of adverse weather conditions and strong swells affecting the Chilean coast over the next two days, with a new weather front of heavy rain forecast to arrive on Thursday 6th August.

Chile Earthquake - Ports Status

Disastrous Chile Earthquake pic MMI

  Chile's government has declared a state of emergency in the central region struck by Wednesday's earthquake, the biggest to hit the country since 2010 and the most powerful in the world this year. The 8.3-magnitude tremor struck off the coast of Coquimbo, 46km west of Illapel

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