LPD 22 USS San Diego
On April 30, 2004, the US Navy announced that the amphibious transport dock ship (LPD 22) would be named in honor of the city of San Diego. Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Avondale Operations in New Orleans, La., will build USS San Diego. The 684-foot long amphibious transport dock will carry a crew of approximately 360 Navy Sailors and 700 Marines. The ship was tentively scheduled for delivery sometime in December 2011 with follow-on commissioning sometime in Spring 2012.
The ship will be used to transport and land Marines, as well as, their equipment and supplies in support of amphibious assault, special operations, and expeditionary warfare missions. These personnel and supplies will be delivered via embarked landing craft air cushions, conventional landing craft or amphibious vehicles and can be augmented by helicopters or vertical take off and landing aircraft.
LPD 22 will carry joint combat forces to the fight with increased lift capacity, superior command and control capabilities and improved ship survivability. It will give Expeditionary Strike Groups greater speed, agility and reach, and will help us to dominate the near-land battlespace.
These ships incorporate substantial quality of service improvements to include sit-up berths, a ship services mall, an enhanced fitness center and a learning resource center.
Three previous ships carried the name San Diego - the armored cruiser (ACR 6) named in 1914, the World War II Cruiser (CL 53) and the combat stores ship (AFS 6).
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