LPD 17 Construction on Course

Tuesday, April 02, 2002
The steel profile of San Antonio, the first ship of the LPD 17 class, can now be seen rising along the banks of the Mississippi River at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems in Avondale, La. The LPD-17, a program of Naval Sea Systems Command's (NAVSEA) Program Executive Office for Expeditionary Warfare, is a new class of Amphibious transport dock ship incorporating advanced performance and warfighting technologies that will enhance the amphibious fleet's operational flexibility. LPD-17 is also the first amphibious ship designed to accommodate the Marine Corps' "mobility triad" of Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAAV), Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) and the MV-22 Osprey. The San Antonio construction program enjoyed some recent successes, thanks to a new incentive program established by NAVSEA's LPD-17 program office. The program provides incentives to the shipyard to enhance efficiencies and complete construction phases on schedule and within budget. San Antonio construction achieved its 10 percent completion milestone in February 2002 and is quickly nearing its 20 percent production objective. Also, Northrop Grumman procured all four main propulsion diesel engines and three out of five of the ship's service diesel generators well ahead of schedule. There is significant progress in other areas as well. The LPD 17 Design Team is nearing completion of detailed design, finalizing the computer modeling that will streamline production. Northrop Grumman's Avondale Division began re-fabrication of New Orleans (LPD 18) in February, with the ship's keel laying scheduled for September 2002. Bath Iron Works started pre-fabrication of the third ship of the class, Mesa Verde (LPD 19), in July 2001. Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, leading a team including General Dynamics' Bath Iron Works, Raytheon Electronic Systems, and Intergraph Corporation, will deliver the finished San Antonio in 2004, shortly followed by LPD 18 and 19. (Source: By Craig McKay, Naval Sea Systems Command)
Maritime Reporter February 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Legal

ICS: EU Must Act in Mediterranean Crisis

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) says EU Member States must act urgently to prevent the loss of thousands more lives, as the humanitarian crisis in the

Hike in Service Tax at Indian Ports

The Indian Ministry of Finance has advised an increase in service tax and applicable at all ports. The effective date has not yet been announced. The rate

Wärtsilä BWM Systems for Chemical Tankers

A series of eight new 33,000 DWT chemical tankers, currently under construction in Asia, will feature Wärtsilä Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS)

Navy

Emergency Mediterranean SAR Needs Crowdfunding

Mediterranean SAR operation needs crowdfunding to save lives in 2015   The independent Search and Rescue (SAR) operation MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) is

Gas Turbine Alternator Installed into Aircraft Carrier

The Aircraft Carrier Alliance has completed the installation of the first MT30 Gas Turbine Alternator (GTA) package into the Royal Navy’s latest aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales,

ICS: EU Must Act in Mediterranean Crisis

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) says EU Member States must act urgently to prevent the loss of thousands more lives, as the humanitarian crisis in the

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0974 sec (10 req/sec)