San Antonio, Take Two

By Cid Standifer / March 2, 2011 at 9:55 PM

Work on the San Antonio LPD-17 will be completed in April and the ship will re-enter the fleet after three weeks of sea trials, according to the head of U. S. Fleet Forces Command.

Adm. John Harvey wrote in a blog post on Feb. 28 that of the 32 corrections recommended by Judge Advocate General Manual Investigations, 20 have been completed and the remaining 12 are in progress.

“Work will be completed on San Antonio in April followed by three weeks of rigorous sea trials where she will be fully tested for everything she is supposed to do,” Harvey wrote. “I believe we’ve learned a lot over the past two years. We brought in the right talent and our actions are having the desired effects -- we’re now seeing a big difference between how San Antonio was originally delivered to the Navy and what we now have with New York.”

Harvey said the New York, LPD-21, went through final contract trials in February and received the highest scores to date of any ship in the class.

“Successfully completing the FCT on her first attempt was a significant milestone for this ship,” he added, “and I believe it’s a sign we’re making good progress resolving many of the big issues with the San Antonio class we’ve seen in the past.”