Ingalls launches amphibious transport dock ship Fort Lauderdale
By WARREN KULO | GulfLive | Published: March 31, 2020
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (Tribune News Service) — Ingalls Shipbuilding launched its newest amphibious transport dock ship, the Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28), Saturday at the Pascagoula shipyard.
“The successful launch of Fort Lauderdale, our 12th LPD, is a major milestone achievement for our shipbuilders,” said Ingalls president Brian Cuccias. “Thank you to our shipbuilders for all the hard work they do every day.”
LPD 28 was moved via Ingalls’ rail car system to a floating dry dock prior to launch. The dock was then moved away from the pier and then flooded to float the ship. Fort Lauderdale left the dock with the assistance of tugboats Saturday morning.
Fort Lauderdale is part of the San Antonio-class of U.S. Navy warships. The 684-foot-long, 105-foot-wide ships are used to embark and land Marines, their equipment and supplies ashore via air cushion or conventional landing craft and amphibious assault vehicles, augmented by helicopters or vertical takeoff and landing aircraft such as the MV-22 Osprey.
The ships support a Marine Air Ground Task Force across the spectrum of operations, conducting amphibious and expeditionary missions of sea control and power projection to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions.