USS Arlington (LPD-24)
USS Arlington in August 2014
|Namesake:||Arlington County, Virginia|
|Awarded:||6 November 2006|
|Laid down:||26 May 2008|
|Launched:||23 November 2010|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. Joyce Rumsfeld|
|Christened:||26 March 2011|
|Commissioned:||8 February 2013 (official)|
|Homeport:||Naval Station Norfolk|
|Status:||In active service, as of 2015|
|Class and type:||San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock|
|Displacement:||24,900 short tons (22,600 t) full|
|Draft:||23 ft (7.0 m)|
|Propulsion:||Four sequentially turbocharged Colt-Pielstick diesel engines, two shafts, 40,000 hp (30 MW)|
|Speed:||22 knots (41 km/h)|
|Boats & landing
|Capacity:||699 (66 officers, 633 enlisted); surge to 800 total; 14 Expeditionary Force vehicles|
|Complement:||32 officers, 332 enlisted|
|Aircraft carried:||Four CH-53E Super Stallion heavy lift helicopters may be launched or recovered simultaneously.|
USS Arlington (LPD-24), a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, is the third ship of the United States Navy to be named for Arlington, Virginia, the location of the Pentagon. Like her sister ships, USS New York and Somerset, she is named in commemoration of the 11 September 2001 attacks. Steel taken from the Pentagon after the 11 September attacks is displayed aboard in the ship's museum.
Arlington's keel was laid down on 26 May 2008, at Northrop Grumman's Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Builder's Trials of the ship started on 21 August 2012. These were completed on August 30, 2012.
She completed Navy acceptance sea trials on 2 November 2012. The US Navy formally accepted the ship on 7 December 2012. Arlington arrived at her homeport of Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia on 22 March 2013 in preparation for commissioning. Officially, she was commissioned on 8 February 2013, but her ceremonial commissioning occurred on 6 April 2013 at Naval Station Norfolk, CDR Darren Nelson in command. Originally scheduled as the third ship of the San Antonio class; she was the eighth to be commissioned.
The San Antonio-class ships have been plagued by construction problems.
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- U.S. Navy photo 130322-N-WA189-070
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- This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to USS Arlington (LPD-24).|
- Official USS Arlington (LPD-24) website
- Photo gallery of USS Arlington (LPD-24) at NavSource Naval History
- "ARLINGTON (LPD 24) Commissioning Committee Website".