Somerset (LPD 25) christened on July 28, 2012
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Somerset (LPD 25)
LPD 25 is the ninth ship of the San Antonio class, and is named in honor of the courage of the passengers of United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed near Shanksville in Somerset County, Pa., on 9/11.
Somerset (LPD 25) is launched at Avondale Shipyard on April 19, 2012.
Amphibious Transport Dock
An LPD is 684 feet long with a 105-foot beam. It weighs 24,900 tons and takes five years to build. The technologically advanced transport ships are part of an Amphibious Ready Group used to transport Marines and their equipment. They have a crew of 360 and can carry up to 800 troops and their equipment. An LPD generates enough electricity to power 6,000 homes. An LPD produces enough air conditioning to cool 466 average-size family homes. If you stood an LPD on its stern, it would be 130 feet taller than the Washington Monument.
An LPD class Amphibious Transport Dock Ship is equipped with:
2 MK 31 RAM launchers
2 MK 46 30mm guns
10 MK 26 .50 caliber machine guns
2 LCAC landing craft
An LPD is designed using composite materials and no right angles to reduce its radar signature.