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Ingleside, Texas (Jan. 14, 2006) -- Sailors assigned to USS San Antonio (LPD 17) man the ship, officially bringing her to life, during her commissioning ceremony held on board Naval Station Ingleside.  Under Navy tradition, Sailors charge aboard the ship, and man the rails signifying ownership. As the first in her class, USS San Antonio (LPD 17) represents a key element of the NavyÕs seabase transformation. Collectively, San Antonio-class will functionally replace over 41 ships (LPD 4, LSD 36, LKA 113, and LST 1179 classes of amphibious ships) providing the Navy and Marine Corps with modern, seabased platforms that are networked, survivable, and built to operate with 21st century transformational platforms, such as the MV-22 Osprey, the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV), and future means by which Marines are delivered ashore.  U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 2nd Class Anthony C. Tornetta (RELEASED)

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Photo description

Photo Date
January 14, 2006
Journalist 2nd Class Anthony C. Tornetta
Caption Writer
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
Not available
Tail Code
Not available
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Manning the rails