Today, the Navy will commission its newest landing transport dock ship, USS Arlington (LPD 24). The event will be streamed live at 12:30 p.m. EDT on the Navy’s Livetream channel.
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 Arlington County.
About the Ship:
Arlington is the eighth ship of the San Antonio class of landing platform docks and will serve as an effective sea-based platform for Marines, projecting power ashore through the mobility triad of high speed landing craft air cushioned vehicles, expeditionary fighting vehicles and the Osprey MV-22 tilt-rotor aircraft.
Arlington will be an important element of future expeditionary strike and amphibious ready groups, supporting improved warfighting capabilities, including an advanced command-and-control suite, increased lift-capability in vehicle and cargo-carrying capacity and advanced ship-survivability features.
USS Arlington (LPD 24) launches from Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding’s Pascagoula, Miss., shipyard, Nov. 23, marking a key milestone in the ship’s construction process.
Arlington’s sister ships have already served as flagships for anti-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia and have provided humanitarian assistance and foreign disaster relief operations in support of the government of Haiti.
Five ships from the San Antonio class have already been commissioned, including USS San Antonio (LPD 17), USS New Orleans (LPD 18), USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19), USS Green Bay (LPD 20), USS New York (LPD 21) and USS San Diego (LPD 22).