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Construction Milestones

Start of Fabrication - 12/5/16

Paul Bosarge, Steel Fabrication Shop burner, starts fabrication of Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28) Dec. 5, 2016, under direction of, from front, Bruce Knowles, LPD 28 ship program manager; Chris Sawlsville, U.S. Navy PMS 317 production director; and Lance Carnahan, Steel Fabrication Shop general superintendent.

Keel Authentication - 10/13/17

The Honorable Meredith Berger, ship’s sponsor for Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28) signs the keel plate on Oct. 13, 2017, observed by, from left, welder Howard Sparks III, Navy LPD 17-class program manager Capt. Brian Metcalf and Ingalls LPD 17-class program manager Steve Sloan.

Deckhouse Lift - 4/24/19

Three cranes work together to move the 726-ton deckhouse toward Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28), Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

Mast Lift - 10/8/19

An evening lift by Goliath landed the forward mast of LPD 28 Oct. 8, 2019.

Propeller Installation - 2/7/20

Machinists and riggers work together to install the final propeller blade on Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28) Feb. 7, 2020.


Launch - 3/28/20

Tugs pull Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28) to her berth after a successful launch, March 28, 2020.

Main Engine Light Off - 6/28/21

Test engineer, Lauren Philyaw, left, starts the main engines aboard Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28), along with Yolanda Hearn, electrical technician.


Rachel Lee

Electrical General Foreman

“LPDs are great ships to work on. I have years of experience on these platforms and share it with my team. To ensure a quality ship for the Navy, we perform quality checks and stand-downs. By executing that plan to the letter, we ensure the best quality for the U.S. Navy.”

Danny Green

Sheetmetal Workleaderman

“Our mission and our duty is to do our work right the first time, with top quality. It saves costs and ensures future contracts. The men and women serving our country, who might call this ship home for months and take it into war, deserve nothing less than our best.”

Joseph Hodges

Sheetmetal Mechanic

“I served in the National Guard and continue to serve by building ships. As a military veteran, I understand how important it is for the equipment we use to work the way it’s intended. Our sailors deserve a great ship to live and work on. One day my children may serve on her.”

Tierra Jones

Welder Helper Apprentice

“My brother is in the Navy, and I wouldn’t want something to happen to a ship he’s serving on. I make every weld count. Even in the tightest spots where I have to weld with a mirror, I work with quality because the welds I make are part of what holds this ship together.”

Joseph Buckley

Electrical Test Foreman

“My sister is in the Army, so I understand our military’s need for quality equipment. We want to keep our sailors safe. We want to make sure they can do their jobs proficiently while in battle. Their missions and their lives depend on us doing our job.”

Samone Gaines

Joiner/Insulator Foreman

“I am proud to build this ship for our Sailors and Marines who fight for us. They keep our country safe, so it is my honor to work and build something that they are comfortable on, that makes them feel like home and will keep them going so they can keep us all safe.”

Jose Paniagua

Electrical General Foreman

“I am glad I came to the United States and just as glad that I came to work for Ingalls. This company has given me a chance to advance in my career, from pulling cable to electrical foreman and now general foreman, while gaining knowledge of the electrical craft.“