Friday, March 25, 2011

Arlington (LPD 24), to be christened on March 26.

101123-O-XXXXX-001 PASCAGOULA, Miss. (Nov. 23, 2010) The future USS Arlington (LPD 24) launched Nov. 23 from Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding's Pascagoula shipyard, marking a key milestone in the ship's construction process. Arlington honors the 184 victims who died when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon Sept. 11, 2001, as well as the first responders from the county. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding/Released)    
The good news keeps coming...
The Navy will christen the newest amphibious transport dock ship, PCU Arlington (LPD 24), during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony at Northrop Grumman shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Miss, March 26.

The ship is named for the city of Arlington, Va., honoring the 184 victims in the air and on the ground who lost their lives when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon Sept. 11, 2001, as well as the military and civilian employees, emergency, fire and rescue personnel of Arlington County and surrounding communities who provided critical assistance after the attack.

Arlington County Fire Chief James Schwartz, the incident commander coordinating the rescue response efforts on the ground at the Pentagon during the Sept. 11 attack, will deliver the ceremony's principal address.

Joyce Rumsfeld, wife of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, is the ship's sponsor, and in accordance with Navy tradition, will break a bottle of champagne across the bow to formally christen the ship.

Designated LPD 24, Arlington is the eighth amphibious transport dock ship in the San Antonio class. As an element of future expeditionary strike groups, the ship will support the Marine Corps "mobility triad," which consists of the landing craft air cushion vehicle, amphibious vehicles and the Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft.

Arlington will provide improved warfighting capabilities, including an advanced command-and-control suite, increased lift-capability in vehicle and cargo-carrying capacity and advanced ship-survivability features. The ship is capable of embarking a landing force of up to 800 Marines.

Two previous ships have carried the name Arlington. The first was a steel-hulled C1-B type cargo ship operating during World War II. The second USS Arlington was a 14,500-ton Vietnam War era, major communications relay ship, which assisted with communications during a June 1969 conference between U.S. President Nixon and Republic of Vietnam President Thieu.


  1. i heard there were operation issue with the class of ships, have they been resolved?

  2. Let's just hope the engines work.
    The oil filters actually filter.
    The welds hold.
    The wires go to the right places.
    The power wires don't fail due to chaffing.

    This class of ships has been a disaster, a Charlie-Foxtrot of the very first order.
    Such an embarrassment that Northrup-Grumman is spinning out the ship building division they bought so enthusiastically ten years back.

    I was on the sister ship USS New York some 15 months ago when it came for a visit it to its name-sake city. It still hasn't sailed on a full-up deployment. Stuck on the dock in Norfolk.

    Let me be clear: We need these ships. Now. Off Libya, off Japan, off wherever there is a need for incredible flexibility an Amphib brings to the task. But most of all, we need this class of ships to just simply work long enough to carry out a full, useful deployment.

  3. the issues have Joe.

    i don't get your thinking. yes these ships have had there issues. mainly the san antonio. i didn't know that the new york was having difficulties. but they seem to have worked through them.

  4. the new york also had problems, this story is a year old so i dont know if it has been resolved yet or not:


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