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The USS Rushmore is pictured while under construction at Avondale Industries.

Avondale Christens USS Rushmore,

Fourth In Series Of LSDs For USN

NBC anchorman Tom Brokaw and South Dakota Governor

George S. Michelson were among a number of South Dakota dignitar- ies who participated recently in the christening and launch of the USS

Rushmore at Avondale Industries in

New Orleans, La.

The Rushmore is the fourth in a series of Landing Ship Dock (LSD) vessels being built for the U.S. Navy by Avondale's Shipyards Division.

It is scheduled for delivery in early


Mr. Brokaw, a native of South

Dakota, was principal speaker at the christening; his wife, Meredith A.

Brokaw, was the ship's sponsor.

Governor Mickelson also deliv- ered remarks at the ceremony and his wife, Linda Michelson, served as matron of honor.

Another South Dakota native, A1

Neuharth, co-founder of USA To- day, also attended the ceremony.

The Rushmore, like her sister

LSD ships, is 610 feet long, has a beam of 84 feet, and a maximum draft of 19 feet 7 inches, displacing 15,623 long tons. She stands 175 feet tall, has a depth of 44 feet 6 inches and is capable of service speeds of 20 knots.

The LCACs which will be carried by the Rushmore also are being built by Avondale at its recently acquired Gulfport marine facility.

The LSDs are multi-functional ships capable of a wide range of amphibious assault operations for the Navy and the U.S. Marine

Corps. Their primary mission is to carry, launch and dock up to four

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The ship christened and launched at Avondale is the second to bear the name Rushmore. The original

Rushmore was launched in May 1944, and participated in four am- phibious landings, earning three battle stars during World War II.

In addition to Mr. Brokaw and

Governor Michelson, other chris- tening speakers included U.S. Rep- resentative Bob Livingston (R-

La., Albert L. Bossier Jr., chair- man and CEO, Avondale Industries;

Capt. Paul D. Hurst, USN, Super- visor of Shipbuilding Conversion and Repair, New Orleans; and Capt.

Joseph F. King, USN, Deputy

Commander for Amphibious, Auxil- iary, Mine and Sealift Ships, repre- senting the Commander of Naval

Sea Systems Command.

The Rushmore and other Navy ships under construction at Avon- dale are built using state-of-the-art modular construction techniques for prefabricated units. The large modular units are assembled and outfitted with piping, ventilation ducts, electrical wireways, and other equipment, in designated zones of the shipyard. The pre-outfitted modules are then moved to the building site and erected into com- plete ships. Prepackaged units of heavy machinery are assembled ashore and then lifted aboard ship for installation.

Avondale, headquartered in me- tro New Orleans, is one of the nation's leading marine fabricators.

Its Shipyards Division was founded in 1937. In addition to its shipbuild- ing operations, the company spe- cializes in boat and landing craft (LCAC) construction. It is also a major marine repair contractor, serving both military and commer- cial customers in addition to engag- ing in modular construction for many land-based industrial applica- tions, such as electrical power plants.

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Navy Awards $310-Million Contract

To Avondale Industries

Avondale Industries Incorpo- rated, New Orleans, La., was awarded a $310,026,350 modifica- tion to a previously awarded fixed- price contract for three T-AO 187 class fleet oilers. The work is ex- pected to be completed in February 1992. The contract was awarded by the Naval Sea Systems Command,

Washington, D.C. (N00024-89-C- 2050).

Wartsila—Turku Shipyard Delivers

New Baltic Cruiser 'Athena'

The M/S Athena, a new Baltic cruiser ordered by Rederi AB Slite of Sweden, has been delivered by

Wartsila Marine's Turku Shipyard.

The vessel recently departed from

Turku on her maiden voyage, which will include stops in Mariehamn and her home port of Slite before arrival in Stockholm.

The new cruiser will operate in

Viking Line traffic between Stock- holm and Mariehamn. She is in the same size category as the other Bal- tic cruisers which are among the largest in the world. She has a capacity of 2,200 passengers.

The Athena has a maximum length of about 580.4 feet, breadth of 98 feet and draft of 19.6 feet.

With a speed of 21 knots, the 40,058-ton Athena is powered bv 4 x

Wartsila Sulzer 9 ZAL 40 S main engines with a total of 23,760 kw (32,400 hp). She is fitted with 4 x

Wartsila 6R32D auxiliary engines, total 9,000 kw (12,240 hp).

Most of the 2,200-passenger ship's 599 cabins are located on the top decks. All 70 luxury-class cabins have a large, curving panorama win- dow which ensures an excellent view of the sea.

The Turku Shipyard is also build- ing a sister ship for the M/S Athena, with delivery scheduled for next year. The keel block was recently put in place at the Turku yard to mark the beginning of hull assem- bly.

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