The US Navy’s amphibious transport dock USS San Antonio (LPD 17) has started sea trials after undergoing an extensive maintenance period.
The amphibious transport vessel’s sea trials follow the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) maintenance availability for three years.
The last voyage of USS San Antonio was carried out in February 2017.
USS San Antonio commanding officer captain Brent Gaut said: “I am so incredibly proud of our sailors. Our men and women are the heart and soul of our warship. They have given, time and again, everything they have to put our warship back to sea, where she belongs.
“Today starts the next phase of our journey, where we shape ourselves into a battle-minded crew, breathing life into a combat-ready ship ready to win the fight.”
During testing, the USS San Antonio will be put through a series of training scenarios. Each situation has been designed to evaluate the performance and efficiency of the ship.
Operations Specialist Seaman Gayvin Ford said: “I’m anxious to get out to sea. I’ve been studying and training to get a better understanding of what I’m supposed to do while at sea and now I have the opportunity to apply what I’ve been learning.”
This vessel is the first ship to be named after San Antonio in Texas. It is also the first amphibious transport dock ship in the San Antonio-class.
The US Navy’s San Antonio-class vessels are able to conduct a wide range of amphibious assault, special operations or expeditionary warfare missions.