USS SAN DIEGO
USS San Diego (LPD-22) is a San Antonio-class
amphibious transport dock of the United States Navy
that costs about 1.6 billion dollars to build.
The ship can deliver a fully equipped Marine
battalion of 699 officers and enlisted men.
San Diego's keel was laid down on 23 May 2007, at
Northrop Grumman's Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula,
Mississippi. She was launched on 7 May 2010, and
christened on 12 June, sponsored by Linda Winter,
wife of former Navy Secretary Donald C. Winter.
The San Diego integrates the
latest in shipbuilding and naval
warfare technologies to support current and
future U.S. Marine Corps warplanes, and both air
cushion landing craft or conventional landing craft.
The San Diego, as well as other San Antonio ships,
is the most survivable amphibious ships ever put to
sea. Their design incorporates state-of-the-art
self-defense capabilities; and includes facilities
for command and control, communications, computers,
and intelligence. Reduced operational costs and an
improved capability to incorporate technological
advances over their estimated 40-year service lives
are also essential design objectives. The Advanced
Enclosed Mast/Sensors, which enclose the ship's
radars and communications antennas, characterize the
ship's distinctive profile.
The San Antonio class was
largely designed with the metric system, specifying
millimeters and meters for linear dimensions. This
is the first major U.S. Navy ship class to be built
The USS San Diego can carry Landing Craft, Air
Cushioned (LCACs), the Shipboard Wide Area Network
with over 762 fiber optic drops, Total Ship's
Training System, Integrated Bridge System,
Engineering Control System, and Damage Control
System all serve to ensure that sailors and Marines
will be able to fully perform their expeditionary
warfare missions. The ship also incorporate the
latest quality of life standards for the embarked
Marines and sailors, including the sit-up berth,
ship services mall, and Learning Resource
Center/Electronic Classroom with the flexibility to
accommodate sailors and Marines of both sexes as
part of the crew and embarked troops.