The U.S. Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer named the next San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship, LPD 30, as USS Harrisburg in honor of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
The future USS Harrisburg will be U.S. Navy’s first Flight II San Antonio class amphibious transport dock (LPD) ship and the 14th overall. Flight II San Antonio class ships were developed for U.S. Navy’s LX(R)-class amphibious warfare ship program as the replacement for its aging LSD 41 Whidbey Island-class and LSD 49 Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ships.
“The people of central Pennsylvania have always played a critical role in forging the strength of our Navy and fighting to defend our nation,” said Spencer. “The future USS Harrisburg will carry on this legacy to every part of the world.”
LPD 30 will be the second U.S. Navy vessel named after the city of Harrisburg. The first was a troopship acquired by the Navy during World War I that served in commission from May 29, 1918 to September 25, 1919. That ship also served with the Navy in the Spanish-American War under another name.
In addition to being the capital of Pennsylvania, the Harrisburg-Carlisle metropolitan statistical area is home to a number of Department of Defense facilities including the Naval Support Activity, Mechanicsburg. During the Civil War, Camp Curtin, located in what is now the Uptown area of the city, served as the largest camp during the conflict with over 300,000 enlistments passing through its’ gates.
San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ships support amphibious assault, special operations or expeditionary warfare missions and can serve as secondary aviation platforms for amphibious ready groups.
The ship provides the Department of the Navy with modern, sea-based platforms that are networked, survivable and built to operate with modern-day transformational platforms, such as the MV-22 Osprey and amphibious assault vehicles.
USS Harrisburg will be constructed at Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The ship will be 684 feet long, have a beam length of 105 feet and be capable of operating at speeds in excess of 22 knots.
On March 26, HII announced that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has received a $1.47 billion, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract from the U.S. Navy for the detail design and construction of LPD 30. The Navy is expected to award the contract for the second vessel in 2022, followed by one each year after that, for a total of a 13-ship class.
The start of fabrication on LPD 30 is scheduled for 2020.
Ingalls has delivered 11 San Antonio-class ships to the Navy and has two more under construction. Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28) will launch in 2020 and deliver in 2021; the keel for Richard M. McCool Jr. (LPD 29) was laid earlier this year. LPD 28 and LPD 29 will serve as transition ships to LPD 30, the first ship of the LPD 17 Flight II class, which was developed for U.S. Navy’s LX(R)-class amphibious warfare ship program.