“To the Sailors and Marines who will serve aboard USS Fort Lauderdale, thanks and your households prematurely for the service you’ll fulfill and sacrifices you could endure,” Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro, who spoke on the occasion, stated. “The second you convey this Amphibious Transport Dock to life, you’ll strengthen the built-in deterrence functionality of our complete Joint Power.”
Visitor audio system for the occasion additionally included President of Ingalls Shipbuilding Kari Wilkinson; Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Eric Smith; Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantlis; and principal speaker, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida’s twenty third District.
“It’s such an honor to be concerned within the commissioning of the usFt. Lauderdale. It’s one other chapter to the momentous historical past, friendship, and respect that the town has with the U.S. Navy,” stated U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “As Chair of the Navy Building and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee, my assist for our navy is unwavering. I’ll all the time stand by our service members and veterans, and honor those that proceed to serve.”
Ship sponsor Meredith A. Berger gave the primary order to “man our ship and produce her to life.”
“The Navy names ships for folks, locations, and concepts which can be particular. The Navy definitely picked a particular place when naming the usFort Lauderdale,” she stated. “I’m honored to be the sponsor for this unimaginable ship.”
Constructed by the Huntington Ingalls Industries in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Fort Lauderdale was launched March 28, 2020 and christened Aug. 21, 2021. The ship was delivered to U.S. Navy Nov. 30, 2021.
“Lastly, if there may be one factor that historical past has proven us from the times of antiquity it’s that the stakes of the competitors for management of the seas are excessive and for our half, USS Fort Lauderdale stands able to ship on any day, and at any time,” stated Capt. James Quaresimo, the ship’s commanding officer. “And people who could want to problem us – they need to pause. For we’re geared up with America’s unstoppable secret weapon that our enemies won’t ever have the ability to duplicate and that’s the fierce, devoted and unstoppable, women and men of america Navy and Marine Corps!”
The ceremony marks the official transition of the usFort Lauderdale into the fleet and caps a weeklong collection of occasions celebrating the ship and its namesake metropolis.
Amphibious transport dock ships are warships that embark, transport and land components of a touchdown drive for quite a lot of expeditionary warfare mission
LPDs are used to move and land Marines, their gear, and provides by embarked Touchdown Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) or standard touchdown craft and amphibious assault automobiles (AAV) augmented by helicopters or vertical take-off and touchdown plane (MV 22). These ships assist amphibious assault, particular operations, or expeditionary warfare missions and function secondary aviation platforms for amphibious operations.
USS Fort Lauderdale might be homeported at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia.