LPD completes sea trials

June 27, 2012 at 1:04 PM
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AVONDALE, La., June 27 (UPI) -- An amphibious transport dock being built for the U.S. Navy by Huntington Ingalls Industries has successfully completed another sea trial.

During the trial, onshore as well as while sailing in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 200 test events were conducted on the future USS Anchorage (LPD 23) by company inspectors and U.S. Navy observers.

Among the tests: anchor handling, flight operations, steering, navigation, ballasting and de-ballasting the well deck and compartment air balancing.

"The ship handled her three days at sea very well, and now we've got to continue effective work as we prepare to deliver the ship to the Navy in the third quarter,' said Doug Lounsberry, Ingalls' vice president and program manager, LPD 17 Program.

The Anchorage is of the LPD 17 class of ships. It is 684 feet long and 105 feet wide and displaces about 25,000 tons. Its main mission will be to deploy combat and support elements of Marine Expeditionary units and brigades.

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