PASCAGOULA, Miss. (May 21, 2016) Ship sponsor Bonnie Amos christens the amphibious transport dock Portland (LPD 27). Amos was accompanied by (left to right) U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Christopher Owens, director of the U.S. Navy's expeditionary warfare division; Capt. Jeremy Hill, prospective commanding officer, Portland; Ted Waller, a World War II veteran who served on the first USS Portland (CA 33); and Brian Cuccias, president of Ingalls Shipbuilding. Portland is the 11th LPD to be delivered by Ingalls. (U.S. Navy photo by Lance Davis/Released)
In a time-honored Navy tradition, ship sponsor Bonnie Amos, wife of Gen. James F. Amos (ret.), 35th commandant of the Marine Corps, christened the ship during a ceremony May 21 at the Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi.
Below are five things to know:
1) LPD-27 will be the third Navy ship named Portland, honoring both the Oregon seaport and Maine’s largest city.
The first was heavy cruiser USS Portland (CA 33), which was commissioned on Feb. 23, 1933. Serving throughout World War II, CA-33 saw action at a number of important battles, including Guadalcanal, Leyte Gulf, Corregidor and Okinawa.
The second, dock landing ship USS Portland (LSD 37), was commissioned Oct. 3, 1970. Over the course of nearly 33 years of service, LSD-37 participated in a number of important operations, including the 1976 evacuation of American citizens from Lebanon, the 1983 multi-national peacekeeping mission to Beirut, Lebanon, and deployment of Marines to Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
2) LPD-27 was launched Feb. 13, 2016.
3) LPD-27 will be the 11th San Antonio-class ship, and is currently scheduled to be delivered to the Navy in 2017.
4) San Antonio-class ships are designed to support embarking, transporting and landing elements of more than 800 Marines with both a flight deck, which accommodates CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters and MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, and a well deck that can launch and recover landing craft and amphibious vehicles.
5) San Antonio-class ships are versatile players in maritime security with the ability to support a variety of amphibious assault, special operations or expeditionary warfare missions, operating independently or as part of Amphibious Readiness Groups, Expeditionary Strike Groups or Joint Task Forces. In addition to performing their primary mission, San Antonio-class ships have supported anti-piracy operations, provided humanitarian assistance and foreign disaster relief operations around the world.