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New Orleans, La. (Aug 30, 2002) -- Pre-commissioning unit San Antonio (LPD 17) is under construction at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Avondale Operations.  San Antonio achieved a major construction milestone, passing the fifty percent completion point.  The Landing Platform Dock 17, San Antonio Class, is the latest class of amphibious force ship for the United States Navy. The mission of the San Antonio Class is to transport the US Marine Corps "mobility triad" that is, Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAAVs), air-cushioned landing craft (LCAC), and the MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft to trouble spots around the world.  Construction of the first ship, the San Antonio (LPD 17), began in June 2000 and is scheduled for delivery to the Navy in the spring of 2003. U.S. Navy photo by Spike Thibodeaux.  (RELEASED)

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Photo description

Photo Date
August 30, 2002
Spike Thibodeaux
Caption Writer
Mr. C.J. Madden, Director, NVNS
Copyright Status
Public domain / free use
Service Branch
US Navy
Primary Equipment
LPD 17
Other Visible Equipment
Not available
Plane Number
Not available
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Tail Code
Not available
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Ship under construction, on land