FORT LAUDERDALE (LPD 28)
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.
Propulsion: Four Colt-Pielstick diesel engines, two shafts, 40,000 hp (30 MW)
Length: 208.5 m (684 ft.) overall
Beam: 31.9 m (105 ft.) extreme
Displacement: 25,000 tons full
Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h)
Crew: 32 Officers, 34 CPO/SNCO, and 330 Enlisted
Embarked: Marine Expeditionary Force of 60 Officers, 38 CPO/SNCO, and 552 Enlisted
Aircraft: Four CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters and two MV-22 tilt rotor aircraft may be launched or recovered simultaneously
Boats and Landing craft: Two LCACs, one LCU and 14 AAVs
Armament: Two 30 mm Bushmaster II cannons, for surface threat defense; two Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) launchers for air defense