Amphibious transport dock

An amphibious transport dock, also called a landing platform/dock (LPD), is an amphibious warfare ship, a warship that embarks, transports, and lands elements of a landing force for expeditionary warfare missions.[1] Several navies currently operate this kind of ship. The ships are generally designed to transport troops into a war zone by sea, primarily using landing craft, although invariably they also have the capability to operate transport helicopters.

Amphibious transport docks perform the mission of amphibious transports, amphibious cargo ships, and the older LSDs by incorporating both a flight deck and a well deck that can be ballasted and deballasted to support landing craft or amphibious vehicles. The main difference between LSDs and LPDs is that while both have helicopter landing decks, the LPD also has hangar facilities for protection and maintenance.[2] In the United States Navy, the newer class of LPD has succeeded the older classes of LSDs, and both the Navy and U.S. Marine Corps are looking to the LPD to be the basis of their new LX(R) program to replace their LSDs.[3]

San Antonio class rendering
The interior configuration of the United States Navy's San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock shows features common to most LPDs

LPD classes

In service

Country Class In service Commissioned Length Beam Draft Displacement (mt) Note
 Algeria Kalaat Béni Abbès 1 2015 133 m (436 ft) 21.5 m (71 ft) 5.3 m (17 ft) 9,000 BDSL-474
 Brazil Bahia 1 2016 168 m (551 ft) 23.5 m (77 ft) 5.2 m (17 ft) 12,000 Ex-Siroco (L9012) sold to Brazil Navy in 2015, renamed Bahia (G40). Siroco toulon
 Chile Sargento Aldea 1 2011 168 m (551 ft) 23.5 m (77 ft) 5.2 m (17 ft) 12,000 Ex-Foudre (L9011) sold to Chile Navy in 2011, renamed Sargento Aldea (LSDH-91). USS America (LHA-6) and Sargento Aldea (LSDH-91) underway off Chile in August 2014
 China Type 071 (Yuzhao)[4] 5 2007 210 m (690 ft) 28 m (92 ft) 7 m (23 ft) 25,000 Yuzhao (Type 071) Class Amphibious Ship
 India Jalashwa 1 2007 173.7 m (570 ft) 32 m (105 ft) 6.7 m (22 ft) 16,600 Ex-USS Trenton (LPD-14) sold to the Indian Navy in 2007, renamed INS Jalashwa (L41). INS Jalashwa
 Indonesia Tanjung Dalpele 1 2003 122 m (400 ft) 22 m (72 ft) 4.9 m (16 ft) 11,394 Converted to a hospital ship in 2007, renamed KRI Dr Soeharso (990). 015BANGGA
Makassar 4 2007 122–125 m (400–410 ft) 22 m (72 ft) 4.9 m (16 ft) 11,394 Kri makassar-590
 Italy San Giorgio 3 1987 133 m (436 ft) 20.5 m (67 ft) 7,650 (San Giorgio and San Marco)
7,980 (San Giusto)
San Marco (L9893) underway in the Mediterranean Sea on 16 June 2016
 Japan Ōsumi 3 1998 178 m (584 ft) 25.8 m (85 ft) 6.0 m (19.7 ft) 14,000 OsumiNagasaki
 Netherlands Rotterdam 2 1997 166 m (545 ft) 27 m (89 ft) 6.0 m (19.7 ft) 12,750 (Rotterdam)
16,800 (Johan de Witt)
Johan de Wit L801
 Peru Makassar 2 on order[5] 122 m (400 ft) 22 m (72 ft) 4.9 m (16 ft) 11,394 Kri makassar-590
 Philippines Tarlac 2 2016[6] 123 m (404 ft) 21.8 m (72 ft) 5.0 m (16.4 ft) 11,583 BRP Tarlac homebound
 Singapore Endurance 4 2000 141 m (463 ft) 21 m (69 ft) 5.0 m (16.4 ft) 8,500 Singapore Strait Passing warship
 Spain Galicia 2 1998 166 m (545 ft) 25 m (82 ft) 5.8 m (19 ft) 13,815 Buque de asalto anfibio(L-51) Galicia santander
 Thailand Angthong 1 2012 141 m (463 ft) 21 m (69 ft) 5.0 m (16.4 ft) 8,500 Thai landing ship Angthong (LPD 791) in February 2016
 United Kingdom Albion 2 2003 176 m (577 ft) 28.9 m (95 ft) 7.1 m (23 ft) 19,560 HMS Albion MOD 45151289
 United States San Antonio 11 2006 208 m (682 ft) 32 m (105 ft) 7.0 m (23.0 ft) 24,900 USS San Antonio


Country Class In service Commissioned Length Beam Draft Displacement (mt) Note
 France Ouragan 2 1963–2007 149 m (489 ft) 21.5 m (71 ft) 5.4 m (18 ft) 8,500 FS Ouragan 2
Bougainville 1 1988–2008 113.50 m (372.4 ft) 17.00 m (55.77 ft) 4.24 m (13.9 ft) 4,870 Bougainville p1150183
Foudre 2 1990–2015 168 m (551 ft) 23.5 m (77 ft) 5.2 m (17 ft) 12,000 Sold to Chile and Brazil. Siroco toulon
 United States Raleigh 3 1962–2005 159 m (522 ft) 30 m (98 ft) 7.0 m (23.0 ft) 13,818 USS La Salle (LPD-3)converted from Landing Platform Dock to Auxiliary Flagship and redesignated as USS La Salle (AGF-3) in 1972. Dedalo (R01) USS Raleigh (LPD-1) and USS Saipan (LHA-2) at Rota 1982.JPEG
Austin 3 1965–2007 173 m (568 ft) 32 m (105 ft) 6.7 m (22 ft) 16,914 120828-N-YG591-126
Cleveland 7 1967–2014 173 m (568 ft) 32 m (105 ft) 6.7 m (22 ft) 16,914 Some sources consider Cleveland (seven built) to be a part of the Austin class. USS Coronado (LPD-11) converted from Landing Platform Dock to Auxiliary Flagship and redesignated as USS Coronado (AGF-11) in 1980. USS Cleveland LPD-7
Trenton 2 1971–2017 173 m (568 ft) 32 m (105 ft) 6.7 m (22 ft) 16,914 Some sources consider Trenton (two built) ships to be a part of the Austin class. Ex-USS Trenton (LPD-14) sold to the Indian Navy and in active service with Indian Navy. USS Ponce (LPD-15) converted to an Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) in 2012, redesignated as USS Ponce (AFSB(I)-15). USS Trenton LPD-14 fleetweek2004
 United Kingdom Fearless 2 1965-2002 158.5 m (520 ft) 24.4 m (80 ft) 6.3 m (21 ft) 16,950 Scrapped in between 2002 and 2008 in Belgium and UK. HMS Ocean provided amphibious cover until the two ships of the Albion class were available. HMS Fearless (L10) off North Carolina 1996.JPEG


LCVP III in Hr.Ms. Rotterdam

The well deck of HNLMS Rotterdam

Aboard HNLMS Johan De Witt (L 801)

Aviation hangar of the Rotterdam-class HNLMS Johan de Witt


Stern of USS Juneau ballasted for amphibious operations


The open well deck of the French ship Siroco

USS San Antonio AAV02

The well deck of USS San Antonio

See also


  1. ^ "Northrop wins contract add-on for 10th LPD-class amphibious transport dock ship". The Mississippi Press. 30 April 2010.
  2. ^ "World Wide Landing Ship Dock/Landing Platform Dock". Retrieved 2012-05-17.
  3. ^ "[USMC General] Amos: Replace LSD amphib fleet with LPDs". Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Chinese Amphibious Type 071 Class Landing Platform Dock". May 2, 2013.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-07-13. Retrieved 2013-07-13.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-01-14. Retrieved 2014-01-29.
Algerian amphibious transport dock Kalaat Béni Abbès

Kalaat Beni Abbes (L-474) is an amphibious transport dockof the Algerian National Navy. The ship built by the Italian firm Fincantieri as an enlarged and improved version of the San Giorgio class. The ship measures 143 metres (469 ft) long and 21.5 metres (71 ft) wide.The ship has a continuous flight deck with two deck-landing spots for helicopters at the bow and stern.Ordered in 2011, the ship was commissioned by the Algerian National Navy on 4 September 2014. The first official docking - and commissioning ceremony - was on 28 March 2015 in the presence of the Chief of Staff of the ANP and the High Command of the Algerian National Navy.

Austin-class amphibious transport dock

The Austin class of amphibious transport dock followed the Raleigh class and was followed by the San Antonio class. Note that some sources consider Cleveland (seven built) and Trenton (two built) ships to be a part of the Austin class, but the Naval Vessel Registry lists them as a separate class.

Chinese ship Jinggang Shan

Jinggang Shan (999) is a ship of the People's Republic of China's Type 071 amphibious transport dock Yuzhao class. The ship was launched on 16 November 2010. After finishing trials the ship was commissioned to the South Sea Fleet. Its estimated production cost is USD 300 million.

HNLMS Rotterdam (L800)

HNLMS Rotterdam (Dutch: Zr.Ms. Rotterdam) is a Landing Platform Dock (LPD) amphibious warfare ship of the Royal Netherlands Navy. The ship is named after the Dutch city of Rotterdam.

Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) is an American Fortune 500 shipbuilding company formed on March 31, 2011 as a spin-off of Northrop Grumman. It is the largest military shipbuilder in the United States, with its main shipyard located in Newport News.Mike Petters is currently the president and CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries (formerly president of the Newport News shipyard and president of the Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding).HII is the sole designer, builder, and refueler of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers in the United States. It is one of two nuclear-powered submarine builders (the other being General Dynamics Electric Boat). 70% of the current, active U.S. Navy surface fleet has been built by HII's former units.

Italian ship San Giusto

San Giusto (L 9894) is a San Giorgio-class amphibious transport dock of the Italian Navy. The ship was built by Fincantieri-Cantieri Navali SpA at Riva Trigoso, laid down on 19 August 1991, and launched on 23 October 1993.

List of current ships of the United States Navy

The United States Navy has approximately 480 ships in both active service and the reserve fleet, with approximately 70 more in either the planning and ordering stages or under construction, according to the Naval Vessel Register and published reports. This list includes ships that are owned and leased by the U.S. Navy; ships that are formally commissioned, by way of ceremony, and non-commissioned. Ships denoted with the prefix "USS" are commissioned ships. Prior to commissioning, ships may be described as a "pre-commissioning unit" or PCU, but are officially referred to by name with no prefix. US Navy support ships are often non-commissioned ships organized and operated by Military Sealift Command. Among these support ships, those denoted "USNS" are owned by the US Navy. Those denoted by "MV" or "SS" are chartered.

Current ships include commissioned warships that are in active service, as well as ships that are part of Military Sealift Command, the support component and the Ready Reserve Force, that while non-commissioned, are still part of the effective force of the U.S. Navy. Future ships listed are those that are in the planning stages, or are currently under construction, from having its keel laid to fitting out and final sea trials.

There exist a number of former US Navy ships which are museum ships (not listed here), some of which may be US government-owned. One of these, USS Constitution, a three-masted tall ship, is one of the original six frigates of the United States Navy. It is the oldest naval vessel afloat, and still retains its commission (and hence is listed here), as a special commemoration for that ship alone.

List of ship commissionings in 2007

The list of ship commissionings in 2007 includes a chronological list of all ships commissioned in 2007.

List of ship commissionings in 2013

The list of ship commissionings in 2013 includes a chronological list of all ships commissioned in 2013.

List of ship launches in 1966

The list of ship launches in 1966 includes a chronological list of all ships launched in 1966.

Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility

A Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF) is a facility owned by the United States Navy as a holding facility for decommissioned naval vessels, pending determination of their final fate. All ships in these facilities are inactive, but some are still on the Naval Vessel Register (NVR), while others have been struck from that Register.

The ships that have been stricken from the NVR are disposed of by one of several means, including foreign military sale transfer, ship donation as a museum or memorial, domestic dismantling and recycling, artificial reefing, or use as a target vessel. Others are retention assets for possible future reactivation, which have been laid up for long-term preservation and are maintained with minimal maintenance (humidity control, corrosion control, flood/fire watch) should they need to be recalled to active duty.

The Navy has been reducing the number of inactive ships, which numbered as many as 195 in 1997, but was down to 49 by the end of 2014.The Naval Sea Systems Command's Inactive Ships Management Office (INACTSHIPOFF) is based in Portsmouth, Virginia.There are NISMFs in:

Bremerton, Washington

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,In addition, parts of Norfolk Naval Shipyard and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard are designated for the storage of inactive nuclear powered vessels.

Inactive ship facilities in Suisun Bay, James River and Beaumont, Texas are owned and operated by the Maritime Administration under the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Raleigh-class amphibious transport dock

The Raleigh class of amphibious transport docks served the United States Navy.

San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock

The San Antonio class is a class of amphibious transport docks, also called a "landing platform, dock" (LPD), used by the United States Navy. These warships replace the Austin-class LPDs (including Cleveland and Trenton sub-classes), as well as the Newport-class tank landing ships, and the Charleston-class amphibious cargo ships that have already been retired.Twelve ships of the San Antonio class were proposed, but only eleven were funded. Their original target price was $890 million; as built, their average cost is $1.6 billion. Defense Authorization for Fiscal Year 2015 included partial funding for a twelfth San Antonio-class ship. As of January 2018 eleven warships of this class are in service with the U.S. Navy with an additional two ships under construction or authorized.

San Giorgio-class amphibious transport dock

The San Giorgio class is an amphibious assault ship, a type of helicopter carrier, of the Italian Navy. These ships can carry a battalion of troops, and up to 36 armored vehicles. The stern floodable dock can accommodate three landing craft. The ships are based at the Brindisi naval base on the Adriatic coast.

San Giorgio and San Marco have been extensively modified into landing helicopter docks. They accommodate a full-length flight deck with four landing spots. San Giusto, the third vessel, has not been modified since construction, however featured an improved design, and is normally employed as a training ship.

Type 071 amphibious transport dock

The Type 071 (NATO reporting name: Yuzhao) is a Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) amphibious transport dock. The Type 071 provides the PLAN with capabilities and flexibility not found in its previous landing ships.

USS John P. Murtha

USS John P. Murtha (LPD-26) is the 10th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship of the United States Navy and is named in honor of Congressman John Murtha (1932–2010) of Pennsylvania. John P. Murtha is homeported at Naval Base San Diego.

USS Mesa Verde

USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) is the third San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock of the United States Navy. She is the first U.S. Navy warship to be named after the Mesa Verde National Park in the U.S. state of Colorado.

USS Portland (LPD-27)

USS Portland (LPD-27) is a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship of the United States Navy, named after the U.S. city of Portland, Oregon.

USS San Diego (LPD-22)

USS San Diego (LPD-22), a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, is the fourth ship of the United States Navy to be named for San Diego, California.

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