Amphibious transport dock USS John P. Murtha (LPD-26) is ready for deployment.
USS P. Murtha (LPD-26) is the 10th San Antonio-class amphib to join the fleet. These LPDs transport and deploy combat and support elements of Marine Expeditionary Units. San Antonio-class ships carry surface connects such as amphibious assault vehicles and landing craft, and vertical lift connectors such as the H-1 and CH-53E helicopters and MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor.
USS P. Murtha (LPD-26) has been commissioned into the Navy in October 2016 and has spent the last nine months working through post-delivery test and trials with the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). The amphib returned to its homeport at Naval Base San Diego on July 21 following the final post-delivery test event, Final Contract Trials.
Two additional San Antonio-class ships, Portland (LPD-27) and Fort Lauderdale (LPD-28), are currently under construction at Ingalls Shipbuilding yard in Pascagoula, Miss.