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Fairbanks Morse to Power US Navy's LPD 29

Photo: Fairbanks Morse

Fairbanks Morse said it has been awarded a contract to build and deliver the main propulsion diesel engines (MPDE) that will power LPD 29, the U.S. Navy’s thirteenth San Antonio landing platform dock (LPD) class ship. Construction of the engines will begin in 2019 for scheduled delivery to Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss. in 2020. Fairbanks Morse will also support installation, testing and sea trials for the vessel. The four sequentially turbocharged 16-cylinder…

USS San Antonio Arrives in Norfolk

The amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17) gets assistance from a tugboat as she prepares to moor at her new homeport of Naval Station Norfolk, Va. As the first in her class, San Antonio represents a key element of the Navy’s sea base transformation. The San Antonio-class will functionally replace over 41 ships (LPD 4, LSD 36, LKA 113 and LST 1179 classes of amphibious ships) providing the Navy and Marine Corps with modern sea-based platforms. U.S. the amphibious transport dock USS San Antonio (LPD 17) arrived at its homeport, Naval Station Norfolk, Jan. 25. San Antonio was commissioned Jan. 14 at Naval Station Ingleside, Texas, and will be permanently homeported in Norfolk.

US Navy Aids Ailing Cargo Ship Crewman

The U.S. Navy’s amphibious transport dock USS San Antonio (LPD 17) provided medical assistance to a crew member of a cargo vessel after receiving a distress call September 12.   After receiving the call at 5:32 p.m., the ship's medical team boarded the Liberian-flagged motor vessel Fernando and rendered aid to the crew member, a Polish national, who was then transported to San Antonio for further evaluation.    After evaluating the condition of the crew member and assessing a need for hospital care, San Antonio coordinated a medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) to a hospital ashore in Oman for follow-on care.

Amphibious Ship San Antonio to be Christened

The lead ship of the Navy’s newest class of amphibious warship, San Antonio (LPD 17), will be christened during ceremonies July 19 at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Avondale Operations in New Orleans. Gen. Michael W. Hagee, commandant of the Marine Corps, will deliver the ceremony's principal address. U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas will serve as ship's sponsor. In the time-honored Navy tradition, Hutchison will break a bottle of champagne across the bow to formally christen the ship, named for the city of San Antonio, Texas. San Antonio is the first surface ship ever designed in "virtual reality,” using computer modeling to design most of the ship before any steel was cut.

Northrop Grumman Christens San Antonio

Saturday, July 19, 2003, at the company's Avondale operations near New Orleans. Hundreds of guests and employees attended the traditional dockside ceremony. transport dock ships being built for the U.S. Navy by Northrop Grumman. Gen. Michael W. Hagee, commandant of the U.S. principal address at the ceremony. San Antonio. The ship's sponsor was U.S. from Texas who christened the vessel. Hutchison. Currently, the ship is more than 75 percent complete. and start powering up the ship's systems. commissioned for U.S. Marines. mission. major components and large assemblies for the ship. on San Antonio," said Dr. Ronald D. president of Northrop Grumman Corporation. and LST 1179 classes of amphibious ships. Intergraph Corporation and vendors in 36 states.

Navy Commissions Amphibious Transport Dock Ship San Antonio

Sailors man the rails of the amphibious transport dock USS San Antonio (LPD 17) as it arrives at her new homeport of Naval Station Norfolk. San Antonio is the lead ship in the Navy’s newest amphibious transport dock-class of ships. She is scheduled to stay at Naval Station Norfolk for the holidays and then sail to Ingleside, Texas for her commissioning ceremony, Jan. 14, 2006. U.S. Navy photo by Journalist Seaman Apprentice Charles A. The U.S. Navy will commission the USS San Antonio, lead ship of the latest class of amphibious ships, at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 14, at Naval Station Ingleside, Texas. Former President George H. W. Bush will deliver the ceremony’s principal address. Sen. Capt. Jonathan M.

USS San Antonio Steps Mast

As part of crew move aboard, the crew of the future USS San Antonio (LPD 17) officially “stepped” their Advanced Enclosed Mast/Sensor System (AEM/S) recently. Normally, a ship’s Mast Stepping occurs earlier in conjunction with ship christening, but delaying this event until now enabled all of future San Antonio’s crew to be present. The ancient custom of “stepping the mast,” by placing coins under the step or bottom of a ship’s mast during construction, dates from antiquity. One belief from Greek Mythology is that should the ship be wrecked during passage, the coins would ensure payment of the crew’s wages for their return home. Since at least the construction of USS Constitution, this tradition has been passed on as a symbol of good luck for U.S. Navy ships.

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.

Lake Assault River Barges Arrive in San Antonio

Each of the Lake Assault river barges on the San Antonio River Walk can be configured and modified in a range of floor plans to support touring, dining, commuting, entertaining, and other applications.  (Lake Assault Boats)

Lake Assault Boats a  manufacturer of purpose-built and mission-specific work boats, fireboats, and rescue vessels – recently delivered 24 of the 43 custom river barges purchased by the City of San Antonio, Texas. The custom boats are a vital and integral component of the vibrant San Antonio River Walk that lies one story below the city’s streets, hugging the San Antonio River and connecting retail stores, restaurants, office buildings, and major tourist attractions. The boats will serve as touring and dining vessels and also as water taxis.

Hapag-Lloyd Revises Schedules Following Vessel Delays

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As an exceptional measure, an extra vessel will be phased in for one cycle until the schedule is fully recovered, which mean to run the service with 8 vessels. These vessels delays are a result of the bad weather in Chile and Brazil, strike in Antofagasta and the situation with MV Barry 169E faced in Bahía Blanca.

US Navy Awards Ingalls LPD17 Service Deal

USS San Antonio (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has been awarded a $34.8 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for life-cycle engineering and support services on the U.S. Navy’s USS San Antonio (LPD 17) class of amphibious transport docks. The contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $242 million. The shipbuilder said services provided in the contract include post-delivery planning and engineering, systems integration and engineering support…

Eye on the Fleet: Assault Craft Unit

On Dec. 24, in the Persian Gulf, a landing craft air cushion (LCAC) from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4 prepares to embark aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17). San Antonio is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Goodwin.

Northrop Grumman Gets $1.45b Contract

Northrop Grumman Corporation has received a $1.45b U.S. Navy shipbuilding contract for the construction and further development of a new San Antonio (LPD 17)-class ship. The contract is for the construction of one new amphibious transport dock ship, Arlington (LPD 24), and for long lead material procurement for Somerset (LPD 25). Current Navy plans call for Northrop Grumman to build at least nine ships in the class. Northrop Grumman delivered the first ship, USS San Antonio (LPD 17), in 2005, and the ship was commissioned in January 2006. Currently, New Orleans (LPD 18), Mesa Verde (LPD 19), Green Bay (LPD 20), New York (LPD 21) and San Diego (LPD 22) are in various stages of construction at the company's shipyards in New Orleans, La., and Pascagoula and Gulfport, Miss.

Hamburg Süd Christens “Cap San Antonio”

(l. to r.) Hervé Martel, Prof. Dr. Stephan Schüller, Dr. Arnt Vespermann, Veronika Schüller (Sponsor), Uwe Köhler, Edouard Philippe

On Friday, Hamburg Süd celebrated the christening of its container ship “Cap San Antonio” at the Cruise Terminal of Le Havre, France, with customers and business partners. The sponsor is Veronika Schüller, wife of Prof Dr Stephan Schüller, Chairman of the General Partners of Bankhaus Lampe KG. The “Cap San Antonio” is one of a series of six new ships of the “Cap San” class built for Hamburg Süd at the Korean yard Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan. All newbuildings of this class each have a nominal slot capacity of 9,600 TEU, making them the shipping group’s largest vessels.

US Navy Assists 'Sandy' Disaster Relief

Navy Gives Helping Hand: Photo credit USN

The U.S. Navy provides disaster relief in support of other authorities in the New York & New Jersey areas affected by Hurricane 'Sandy'. USS Wasp (LHA 1), USS San Antonio (LPD 17), and USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) are in position off the coast of New York and New Jersey supplying military personnel and equipment to disaster areas. Wasp is supplying aircraft to aid in the mission with a total of 18 helicopters aboard. Wasp also sent a team of damage controlmen and hull technicians to help repair the damaged Hoboken Ferry Terminal.

BAE Systems Receives $11m Contract

The amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17), the first in its class, gets assistance from a tugboat as it prepared to moor at its new homeport at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. in 2006. BAE Systems has been awarded a contract by the Naval Sea Systems Command for work on two LPD-17 San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ships, USS New Orleans (LPD 18) and USS Green Bay (LPD 20). The three-year contract, with an initial value of $11.3 million, is for fitting out availability (FOA) and post shakedown availability (PSA) work on both ships from 2007-2009. Work on the USS New Orleans FOA, is tentatively scheduled to begin in May.

LPD 17 Construction on Course

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. technologies that will enhance the amphibious fleet's operational flexibility. 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. schedule. There is significant progress in other areas as well.

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 unload Puerto Central ships. Members of the Maritime Port Workers’ Federation of Costanera Espigón (Fetraportces) began their latest indefinite walkout on Saturday after failing to reach an agreement with port managers over shift patterns. A statement from Fetraportces president Diego Silva in the local media says that the San Antonio port  was not respecting agreements made previously, making distinctions between contracted and casual workers.

Portland (LPD 27) Completes Builder's Sea Trials

The amphibious transport dock Portland (LPD 27) has completed her first set of sea trials. The test and trials team at Ingalls Shipbuilding spent four days in the Gulf of Mexico operating the 11th San Antonio-class ship and demonstrating its systems. (Photo: Lance Davis/HII)

Amphibious transport dock Portland (LPD 27) being built by Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has completed her first set of sea trials. Ingalls’ test and trials team spent four days in the Gulf of Mexico operating the 11th San Antonio-class ship and demonstrating its systems. Major testing conducted during builder’s trials include anchor-handling, ballast/de-ballast of the ship’s well deck, detect-to-engage, full power ahead and astern and steering demonstrations. Ingalls’ shipbuilders are now preparing Portland for acceptance trials in August, when the U.S.

Northrop Grumman to Christen Amphibious Ship

ships being built for the U.S. Navy, during a 10 a.m. Saturday, July 19, 2003. Operations, alongside the Mississippi River near New Orleans, La. Antonio, Texas. Hutchison, U.S. senator, State of Texas. Mrs. Trisha Wilson and Mrs. Peggy Carr, both of Dallas, and Mrs. breaks a bottle of Texas sparkling wine across the new ship's bow. Gen. Michael W. Hagee, Commandant of the U.S. will deliver the principal christening address. Landrieu, U.S. Jefferson, U.S. Hansford T. Johnson, acting secretary of the Navy; Rear Adm. Charles S. Hamilton II, Program Executive Officer, Ships; Capt. John R. USN, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion & Repair, New Orleans; Dr. Ronald D. Sugar, CEO and president of Northrop Grumman Corporation; Dr. Philip A. Grumman Ship Systems; and George R.

Future USS Anchorage (LPD 23) Launched

The future USS Anchorage (LPD 23) launched Feb. 12 from Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding's Avondale, La., shipyard, marking a key milestone in the ship's construction process. Due to extensive pre-outfitting efforts, Anchorage will be the most complete ship in the class at the time of launch. "We started construction on the first ship of the LPD 17 class 11 years ago." said Jay Stefany, LPD 17 program manager for the Navy's Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships. Anchorage is the seventh ship of the San Antonio-class of landing platform docks and is named for the largest city in Alaska. The ship's sponsor is Annette Conway, wife of U.S. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Conway. She will christen the ship this May in a traditional Navy ceremony.

Lake Assault to Build 43 Barges for San Antonio

The identical river barges are 27-feet long and nine-feet wide. Each can be configured and modified in a range of floor plans to support touring, dining, commuting, entertaining and other applications. (Photo: Lake Assault Boats)

Lake Assault Boats said it has secured a $6.5 million contract to build 43 river barges for the City of San Antonio, Texas. The versatile and reconfigurable craft will become a component of San Antonio’s River Walk experience that connects retail stores, restaurants, office buildings and tourist attractions throughout the city. City officials visited Lake Assault facilities on December 6 and 7 for preproduction meetings. At that time, a ceremony was held where John Jacks, interim director for the City of San Antonio…

NAVSEA Awards Contract for Fifth San Antonio-Class Ship

Naval Sea Systems Command recently awarded Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Avondale Operations, New Orleans a $171,050,850 contract modification to a previous contract for long-lead time materials for the fifth San Antonio-class ship, LPD 21. 2003. The Shipbuilding Construction (SCN) contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ships will be used to transport and land Marines, their equipment and supplies by embarked landing craft or amphibious vehicles augmented by helicopters in amphibious assault. These versatile ships will perform the mission of amphibious transports…

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