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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 095-96
February 22, 1996

NAVY TO CHRISTEN DOCK LANDING SHIP PEARL HARBOR (LSD 52)

The Dock Landing Ship Pearl Harbor (LSD 52), will be christened in a ceremony at

10 a.m., on Saturday, February 24, 1996, at Avondale Industries, New Orleans, Louisiana. In

the age-old Navy tradition, Mrs. Beverly Young, wife of the Honorable C. W. "Bill" Young, Chairman, National Security Subcommittee on Appropriations, will break a bottle of champagne across the bow and formally name the ship. Representative Young will be the principal speaker at the ceremony.

Among the honored guests at the ceremony will be the Honorable Richard Danzig, Under Secretary of the Navy; Admiral Jeremy M. Boorda, Chief of Naval Operations; Rear Admiral Paul Robinson, Deputy Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command.

Pearl Harbor honors the naval base on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, and the men and women who fought so valiantly in response to the surprise attack by Japanese forces December 7, 1941. "Remember Pearl Harbor" became a rallying cry for the nation during World War II.

Ships of this class are vital to the U.S. Navy's strategic doctrine of forward presence and rapid deployment of troops and heavy equipment to remote and distant shores, "Forward...From the Sea." Pearl Harbor's mission is to transport Marines with their associated combat equipment, and launch pre-loaded assault landing craft and helicopters during amphibious operations against hostile shores. Pearl Harbor carries Landing Craft Air Cushion vehicles (LCACs), which are assault landing craft capable of exceeding 40 knots while carrying a 60-ton payload. Dock landing ships and LCACs were successfully used in the rapid deployment of troops and equipment to Somalia in Operation "Restore Hope."

Pearl Harbor is the Navy's 12th Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship, and the fourth to be built with a "cargo variant" configuration, which provides additional space for Marine Corps equipment.

The ship is 609 feet in length, has a beam of 84 feet and displaces approximately 17,000 tons. It has a crew of 22 Officers and 397 Sailors and is equipped to carry 504 Marine troops.

For information related to the christening, the Avondale Industries point of contact is

Mr. Ed Winter, at (504) 436-1212.

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