On Saturday, May 21, Ingalls Shipbuilding christened the eleventh San Antonio class amphibious transport dock Portland (LPD 27) built by Ingalls Shipbuilding. The ship is named for Portland, Oregon. Read more about Portland. It is the third ship to be named Portland. The first USS Portland(CA 33) was the lead ship of a new class of heavy cruisers. Launched in 1932, it was named after the city of Portland, Maine, and saw battle during World War II at the 1942 Battle of the Coral Sea, the Battle of Midway and the Battle of Guadalcanal. On Sept. 2, 1945, the same day that the Japanese surrendered on board the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, Vice Adm. George D. Murray, Commander U.S. Forces Mariana Islands, accepted the surrender of Japanese forces on board USS Portland (CA 33) at Truk Lagoon, Caroline Islands. After accruing 16 battle stars, she was decommissioned in 1946.
The second USS Portland (LSD 37), an amphibious landing ship commissioned in 1970, was named after both Portland, Maine, and Portland, Oregon. She completed 14 deployments to the Caribbean, Mediterranean and North Atlantic and received two Meritorious Unit Commendations for her support of a variety of special missions. She was decommissioned in 2003.
Mrs. Bonnie Amos, wife of retired General James Amos, thirty-fifth commandant of the United States Marine Corps, serves as Ship Sponsor and performed the traditional honor of breaking a bottle of American sparkling wine across the ship’s bow during the christening ceremony. Read more about the sponsor.
For safety reasons, the bottle of sparkling wine is encased in sheetmetal in the Ingalls shops and wrapped by a shipbuilder in decorative ribbons of red, white and blue.
Portland (LPD 27) joins 11 other LPDs as the eleventh San Antonio-class LPD built at Ingalls Shipbuilding. Read more about the San Antonio-class LPDs.
All christening attendees must be citizens of the United States of America and able to provide proof of such if asked.
For more information or to request an invitation:
Call (228) 935-1256 or email the Special Events team.