Avondale Industries Christens Their Second Landing Ship Dock In Series Of Five

The second in a series of five Landing Ship Dock (LSD) vessels being built for the U.S. Navy was christened the USS Comstock (LSD-45) at recent ceremonies at the Shipyards Division of Avondale Industries, Inc., New Orleans, La.

Named for a historic mining site in Nevada, the Comstock is 609 feet 7 inches long, with a beam of 84 feet, full load draft of 19 feet 7 inches and full displacement of 15,745 tons.

Powered by four medium-speed Colt-Pielstick diesel engines for a total ship's horsepower of 33,000 shp, the Comstock is capable of service speeds in excess of 20 knots.

She is equipped with 60-ton and 20- ton cranes, manufactured by Lake Shore, and will be manned by 22 officers and 390 enlisted men.

The Comstock, like her sister LSDs, is a multifunctional ship capable of a wide range of amphibious assault operations for the Navy and Marine Corps. Her primary mission is to carry, launch and dock up to four Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) vessels. The LCACs and other equipment are carried in the Comstock's 440-foot-long inside well.

At the Comstock's christening, Mrs. Jan Gray, wife of Gen. Albert M. Gray Jr., 29th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, served as the ship's sponsor.

Other christening participants included: the Honorable Robert L.

Livingston, U.S. Congressman, 1st District, Louisiana; the Honorable Lindy Boggs, U.S. Congresswoman, 2nd District, Louisiana; Capt.

Joseph E. King, USN, Deputy Commander, Amphibious, Auxiliary, Mine and Sealift Ships, Naval Sea Systems Command; Albert L.

Bossier Jr., chairman of the board, Avondale Industries, Inc.; Capt. Paul D. Hurst, USN, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, New Orleans; and Richard F. Brunner, executive officer, Avondale Industries, Inc.

The maid of honor at the christening was Miss Janice Peters and the flower girl was Cherie Ann Abadie, the daughter of two Avondale employees.

The Comstock and other LSD ships are constructed by means of modular fabrication. The Comstock is expected to be delivered in February 1989.

Avondale Industries, Inc., specializes in marine fabrication of military and commercial seagoing vessels and offshore structures for the oil and gas industry. For free literature detailing their shipbuilding services, Circle 33 on Reader Service Card

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 38,  Mar 1988 Mistie Shaw

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