USS SAN ANTONIO is the lead ship in the Navy's new 12-ship LPD 17 Class which serves as the functional replacement of four amphibious ship classes - LPD 4, LSD 36, LST 1179 and LKA 113 - that have reached or are nearing the end of their service lives.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: December 1996|
|Keel laid: December 9, 2000|
|Launched: July 12, 2003|
|Commissioned: January 14, 2006|
|Builder: Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Avondale, New Orleans, La.|
|Propulsion system: four sequentially turbocharged marine Colt-Pielstick Diesels|
|Length: 684 feet (208.5 meters)|
|Beam: 105 feet (31.9 meters)|
|Draft: 23 feet (7 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 24,900 tons|
|Speed: 22 knots|
|Well deck capacity: two LCAC or one LCU and 14 Expeditionary Fighting Vehicles|
|Aircraft: landing platform for all helicopters and the MV-22 Osprey; maintenance facilities for one CH-53E or two CH-46s or one MV-22 or three UH/AH-1s|
|Crew: Ship: 28 officers, 332 enlisted|
|Marine Detachment: 66 officers, 633 enlisted (can be expanded to 800)|
|Homeport: Norfolk, Va.|
|Armament: two Bushmaster II 30 mm Close in Guns; two Rolling Airframe Missile launchers|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS SAN ANTONIO. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
About the Ship's Coat of Arms:
The colors of the shield and star are adapted from the Texas state flag. The star also commemorates the “Lone Star” and first ship to bear the name San Antonio. Red is the color for valor and sacrifice, blue is for loyalty and white, purity of purpose. The Alamo honors the heroes who offered their lives to ensure the freedom of Texas. The bluebonnets refer to the beauty and majesty of Texas and the olive branch highlights the ship's peacekeeping mission.
The trident and cannon represent the old and new weaponry. The cannon balls and nineteenth century cannon were similar weapons used by the brave men that defended the Alamo. The trident, symbol of sea prowess, also represents the “mobility triad” that USS SAN ANTONIO is built for. The mission of the San Antonio class is to transport the U.S. Marine Corps “mobility triad” – that is, the Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAAV), Air Cushioned Landing Craft (LCAC) and vertical flight aircraft including the MV-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft – to trouble spots around the world.
The crossed Navy and Marine Corps swords represent cooperation and teamwork of the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps.
Accidents aboard USS SAN ANTONIO:
|February 4, 2009||Gulf of Aden|
A sailor is lost after the rigid hull inflatable boat he was in turned over. Two other sailors who were also in the boat were rescued and not injured. The accident happened during a routine personnel transfer when the tending line on the front end of the small boat and its crane cable became hooked, causing the boat to flip over. The search for the missing sailor was called off 24 hours after the accident.
USS SAN ANTONIO Construction Gallery:
USS SAN ANTONIO Image Gallery:
Northrop Grumman Photo
The photos below were taken by me and show the SAN ANTONIO at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on October 29, 2010.
The photos below were taken by me and show the SAN ANTONIO at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on May 6, 2012.