At the cost of $1.5 billion of American taxpayers money, San Antonio Class Amphibious Transport Dock is the most survivable amphibious assault ship ever designed. 684 feet long LPD weighs around 24,900 tons can carry about 800 Marines - vital for projecting U.S. forces abroad. Amphibious Transport Dock Ship is designed to transport Marines close to shore, equipped with: 2 MK 31 RAM launchers, 2 MK 46 30mm guns, 10 MK 26 .50 caliber machine guns, 14 Expeditionary Fighting Vehicles and 2 LCAC landing craft.
But J. Michael Gilmore, Director of Operational Test and Evaluation doesn’t agree – “The San Antonio-class vessel’s critical systems, such as electrical distribution, ship-wide fiber optics and voice- communications networks, aren’t reliable… The ship’s armaments can’t effectively defend against the most modern anti-ship weapons” The vessel is “not effective, suitable and not survivable in a combat situation,” he said — but the Pentagon is back in business. If You Are An American Taxpayer!
San Antonio-class amphibious Landing Platform Dock ships of the class list:
San Antonio (LPD-17) launched on 12 July 2003 and commissioned 14 January 2006 is active in service.
New Orleans (LPD-18) launched on 11 December 2004 and commissioned 10 March 2007 is active in service.
Mesa Verde (LPD-19) launched on 19 November 2004 and commissioned 15 December 2007 is active in service.
Green Bay (LPD-20) launched on 11 August 2006 and commissioned 24 January 2009 is active in service.
New York (LPD-21) launched on 19 December 2007 and commissioned 7 November 2009 is active in service.
San Diego (LPD-22) launched on 7 May 2010 and commissioned 19 May 2012 is active in service.
Anchorage (LPD-23) launched on 12 February 2011 and planned commission 2013 is Under construction.
Arlington (LPD-24) launched on 23 November 2010 is Under construction.
Somerset (LPD-25) launched on 14 April 2012 is Under construction.
John P. Murtha (LPD-26) is Under construction.
One another LPD-27 is planned.
A total of 12 San Antonio-class amphibious Landing Platform Dock ships is planned, 4 is in building status and 6 on active duty. It can launch or land up to 4 CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters, or up to 2 MV-22 Osprey.