Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig has announced the decision to name the fourth Amphibious Transport Dock ship (LPD) of the San Antonio class for the city of Green Bay.
Following a Navy tradition of naming ships of this class after American cities, LPD 20 is named Green Bay to honor the nation's Midwest "city by the bay." The city of approximately 100,000 residents was founded in 1634 by French explorer, Jean Nicolet.
"Green Bay may be modest in size but it is enormous in spirit," said Danzig. "The oldest community in Wisconsin, Green Bay is well known for its commitment to team efforts, and particularly for its support of its football teams. As Vince Lombardi, a Green Bay coach, put it, 'The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.' LPD 20 will be home to another team -- the Navy-Marine Corps team -- no stranger to hard work and sacrifice to be the best in the world. It is that kind of special relationship that the people of Green Bay more than probably any other community in America understand."
The San Antonio class amphibious transport dock ships are used to transport and land Marines, their equipment and supplies by embarked landing craft or amphibious vehicles augmented by helicopters in amphibious assault.
These versatile ships perform the mission of amphibious transports, amphibious cargo ships and the older dock landing ships (LSD) by incorporating both a flight deck and a well deck that can be ballasted and deballasted to support landing craft.
The 12 ships of the San Antonio class will provide greatly improved warfighting capabilities including an advanced command and control suite, a greatly increased lift capacity, including substantial increases in vehicle and cargo carrying capability, and advanced ship survivability features. These ships have been designed from the keel up to support the Marine Corps 'mobility triad' - the LCAC (Landing Craft Air Cushion vehicle), 'Triple A-V' (AAAV - Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle), and MV-22 (Osprey tiltrotor aircraft), making this class a key element of 21st century amphibious ready groups. The LPD 17 class ships are scheduled to replace the older LPD 4 class.
The San Antonio class design integrates the latest in command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) capability. These capabilities are further enhanced by additional, dedicated intelligence, mission planning, and command and control spaces. The shipboard wide area network (SWAN) developed for LPD 17 is a fiber optic shipwide large area computer network. The SWAN will support everything from combat systems to ship systems to command and control nodes to an integrated training system. This network also provides e-mail and internet access capability.
This highly reliable, warfare-capable ship class will be the most survivable amphibious vessel ever put to sea. The ship's automated combat system includes a highly capable sensor suite and weapons capability that provides for a robust self defense capability. LPD 17's design optimizes radar cross section signature by streamlining topside design and incorporating reduced radar cross section signature technologies including a boat valley instead of boat deck, removable coverings over the rescue boat and fueling at sea stations, and accommodation ladders that fold into the ship's hull. The advanced enclosed mast/sensors, which enclose the ship's radars and communications antennas, characterizes the ship's distinctive profile.
The ship also incorporates the latest quality of life standards for the embarked Marines and sailors, including the sit-up berth, ship services mall, a fitness center and learning resource center/electronic classroom with the flexibility to accommodate mixed gender sailors and Marines as part of the crew and embarked troops. Reduced operational costs and an improved capability to incorporate technological advances over its 40-year service life are also essential design objectives for LPD 17. In working to accomplish these objectives, the design team incorporated hundreds of suggestions and recommendations from more than 1,000 sailors and Marines in the "Design for Ownership" process to ensure that these ships will meet their needs throughout the first half of the 21st century.
Additional information about this class of ship is available on line at http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/factfile/ships/ship-lpd.html.