On Saturday, August 21, 2021, Ingalls Shipbuilding celebrated the christening of its 12th San Antonio Class of amphibious transport dock Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28). Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance at the ceremony is limited for safety. All are invited to watch the livestream beginning at 9:45 AM CDT on August 21, 2021.
Christening a ship is a revered tradition in the United States Navy, and while COVID-19 precautions will be in place, a christening at Ingalls Shipbuilding is still an event with no comparison.
FORT LAUDERDALE (LPD 28)
12th ship in San Antonio (LPD 17) Class
The amphibious transport dock ship Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28) is the 12th ship in the San Antonio (LPD 17) Class. LPD 28 is named to honor the city of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in recognition of the city’s military history, including the Seminole Wars and Naval Air Station, Fort Lauderdale, which trained thousands of pilots starting in World War II, including the 41st U.S. President George H.W. Bush.
The primary mission of the ship will be to embark, transport and land U.S. Marine Corps landing forces in a variety of expeditionary and special operations missions, while providing command and control, communications connectivity and medical services. The ship will support its embarked Marines and Sailors with amphibious assault vehicles (AAVs), landing craft air cushion (LCAC) vessels, MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft and CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters.
Watch the full-length recording of the christening ceremony on Facebook