The US Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman $816.6 million to construct the New York, the fifth ship in the 12-ship LPD 17 series of San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ships.
New York will be built at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems’ Avondale Operations in New Orleans, with fabrication support from three other company facilities in Pascagoula and Gulfport, Mississippi, and Tallulah, Louisiana.
The ship will be equipped to conduct amphibious warfare missions by embarking, transporting and landing elements of a landing force during an assault by helicopters, landing craft and amphibious vehicles.
‘Northrop Grumman Ship Systems has four other San Antonio-class ships under construction at our Gulf Coast facilities, and the class of ‘fighting Gators’ will constitute a significant element of the sea base and the future of expeditionary warfare,’ said Dr Philip A Dur, corporate vice president and president, Northrop Grumman Ship Systems.
The ship was assigned the name New York to pay tribute to the victims of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. In September 2003, more than 24 tons of World Trade Centre steel was melted at a Louisiana foundry to cast the bow-stem of New York.
The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ships are 684 feet (208.4 metres) long and 105 feet (31.9 metres) wide and will replace four classes of older amphibious ships.
Displacing nearly 25,000 tons, these ships will be the second largest in the US Navy’s 21st Century Amphibious Ready Groups. New York will have a crew of 361 and carry 699 Marines with a surge capacity of up to 800 Marines.
Construction of New York is set to begin in early 2004, with delivery planned by the end of 2007.