Northrop Grumman Corporation has received a $1.45bn US Navy shipbuilding contract for the construction and further development of a new
Current Navy plans call for Northrop Grumman to build at least nine ships in the class. Northrop Grumman delivered the first ship, USS San Antonio (LPD 17), in 2005, and the ship was commissioned in January 2006. Currently,
The San Antonio-class ships, which are 684 feet long and 105 feet wide, will replace LPD 4, LSD 36, LKA 113 and LDT 1179 amphibious ships. According to Northrop Grumman, the San Antonio-class ships afford the Navy's Expeditionary Strike Group the technology and flexibility to launch and recover two amphibious Landing Craft, Air Cushions (LCAC), operate an array of rotary-wing aircraft and carry and launch 14 Marine Corps Expeditionary Fighting Vehicles.
The ship will have a crew of 360 officers and enlisted Navy personnel and is capable of embarking a landing force of up to 800 Marines. It has a navigational draft of 23 feet and displaces approximately 25,000 tons. Four turbo-charged diesels power the ship to sustained speeds of 22 knots.