Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding Division has handed over the 12th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship to the US Navy.

Delivery of the future USS Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28) was accepted by the service following the successful conclusion of the vessel’s acceptance trials in late January.

The ship also completed its builder’s trials in October last year. These trials validated both the operational readiness of the vessel, its material, and capabilities.

Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships Amphibious Warfare Program Office programme manager captain Cedric McNeal said: “Following successful builder’s and acceptance trials, LPD 28 will soon be ready to join the fleet to provide critical readiness and capacity to our sailors.

“This ship will help expand our advantage in the maritime domain and brings critical capability now and in the future.”

Currently, HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding Division is also constructing the future USS Richard S McCool (LPD 29) and the future USS Harrisburg (LPD 30).

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It will begin fabrication on the future USS Pittsburgh (LPD 31) later this spring.  

The San Antonio-class vessels are designed to conduct a range of missions, such as amphibious assault, special operations, expeditionary warfare, or disaster relief.

The ships are also used to transport and land marines and their equipment by embarked conventional or air-cushioned landing craft.

In addition, the ships support launch or landing of different US Marine Corps helicopters and the Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft (MV-22).