On Saturday July 15, Gen. Robert Magnus
, assistant commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, will give the principal address at the christening of Green Bay (LPD 20), an amphibious transport dock ship being built by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NOC)
The ceremony will be held at the company's New Orleans Operations beginning at 10 a.m.
The name Green Bay honors the city of Green Bay, Wis. One of the oldest settlements in the country, Green Bay has been a home to the record-making football team, the Green Bay Packers
, since 1919.
Green Bay (LPD 20) is the fourth ship in the San Antonio (LPD 17)-class of amphibious transport dock ships being built for the U.S. Navy
/U.S. Marine Corps by Northrop Grumman. Construction is taking place at the company's New Orleans shipyard with fabrication and additional support from three other company facilities: Pascagoula and Gulfport, Miss., and Tallulah, La.
Displacing nearly 25,000 tons, these ships will be the second-largest in the Navy's 21st Century Expeditionary Strike Group
. Green Bay will have a crew of 360 sailors and three Marines and can carry up to 699 troops with a surge capability of up to 800.
The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ships are 684 ft. long and 105 ft. wide and will replace the functions of four classes of older amphibious ships. This new class of ship affords the U.S. Navy's Expeditionary Strike Group with the technology and flexibility to launch and recover amphibious landing craft such as the Landing Craft, Air Cushion, operate an array of rotary-wing aircraft, as well as the ability to carry and launch the Marine Corps Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle.