The US Navy’s 12th San Antonio class-amphibious transport dock ship, the future USS Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28), has successfully concluded acceptance trials.
It follows the completion of builder’s trials that evaluated the vessel’s readiness in October last year.
Announced by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), the acceptance trials move the ship for delivery to the US Navy.
During the trials, the future USS Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28) was put through integrated testing to demonstrate its systems and capability across all mission areas.
It also proved the ship’s construction quality and ability to fulfil its role in accordance with the US Navy’s specifications and requirements.
Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships Amphibious Warfare Program Office programme manager Cedric McNeal said: “With the completion of both Builder’s and Acceptance trials, we are confident that LPD 28 has proven the operational readiness of the vessel and the capabilities it will soon bring to the fleet.
“The collaboration between the Navy and our industry partners ensures that we’ll have a capable and ready ship for our sailors.”
Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding Division will now prepare the LPD 28 for delivery to the US Navy. It is expected to take place in a few weeks.
Currently, Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding Division is also building the future USS Richard S McCool (LPD 29) and the future USS Harrisburg (LPD 30) for the navy. It is also due to start fabrication on the LPD 31 later this spring.