US Navy to Christen Amphibious Transport Dock Ship

12 May 2011 (Last Updated May 12th, 2011 18:30)

The US Navy will christen its newest amphibious transport dock ship, Anchorage, on 14 May 2011 at Huntington Ingalls Industries - Avondale Shipyard, Louisiana, US. Anchorage, designated LPD 23, is the seventh San Antonio Class ship being developed as an element of future expeditionary str

The US Navy will christen its newest amphibious transport dock ship, Anchorage, on 14 May 2011 at Huntington Ingalls Industries - Avondale Shipyard, Louisiana, US.

Anchorage, designated LPD 23, is the seventh San Antonio Class ship being developed as an element of future expeditionary strike groups.

The 684ft-long, 24,900t ship is powered by four turbo-charged diesel engines to cruise at a speed of 22kt and can accommodate a landing force of 800 marines.

The ship will provide improved warfighting capabilities, including an advanced command-and-control suite, increased vehicle lift-capability, cargo-carrying capacity and advanced ship-survivability features.

The ship will also support US Marine Corps ship-to-shore mobility consisting of a landing craft air cushion vehicle, amphibious assault vehicles and the Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft.