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John P. Murtha Passes Builder’s Sea Trials untington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced the suc- cessful sea trials of the com-

Hpany’s 10th San Antonio- class amphibious transport dock, John P.

Murtha (LPD 26).

The ship, built at HII’s Ingalls Ship- building division, spent four days in the

Gulf of Mexico last week with Ingalls’ test and trials team operating the ship and performing more than 200 test events.

“Overall the builder’s trial was suc- cessful, and the ship performed well,” said Kari Wilkinson, Ingalls’ LPD 26 program manager. “This shipbuilding milestone is another accomplishment for a seasoned LPD production and test team that is ready to continue the learn- ing on future LPD platforms.

This team understands the important mission LPDs provide to our nation, and we look forward to delivering another ? ne, much-needed asset to our sailors and Marines.”

Major evolutions during builder’s tri- als include the anchor-handling demon- stration, ballast/deballast demonstration, detect-to-engage exercise, running the

LPD 26 is named in honor of the late John P. Murtha, who represented Pennsylvania’s 12th Con- ship at full power and steering.

gressional District from 1974 to 2010. Murtha was also a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and

Shipbuilders will now prepare John P.

Reserves, serving 37 years and receiving the Bronze Star with Combat “V,” two Purple Hearts

Murtha for acceptance trials in April to and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry for his service in the Vietnam War. demonstrate the same tests and opera- tional success to the U.S. Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). from 1974 to 2010. In addition to his ple Hearts and the Vietnamese Cross of 11th LPD, Portland (LPD 27), under

The ship is scheduled to be delivered to tenured history in the House of Repre- Gallantry for his service in the Vietnam construction. Portland launched on Feb. the Navy in the second quarter of 2016. sentatives, Murtha was also a veteran War. He retired as a colonel in 1990. 13 and will be christened on May 21.

LPD 26 is named in honor of the late of the U.S. Marine Corps and Reserves. Ingalls has built and delivered nine Ingalls received a $200 million advance

John P. Murtha, who represented Penn- He served for 37 years and received the ships in the San Antonio class. In addi- procurement contract for the 12th ship in sylvania’s 12th Congressional District Bronze Star with Combat “V,” two Pur- tion to John P. Murtha, Ingalls has the the class, LPD 28, in December 2015.

Great Lakes Shipyard to Build Damen Tugs

First Damen tugs to be built under license in the U.S.

An agreement was signed between Damen Shipyards Group and Great Lakes Ship- yard for the latter to build two Stan Tugs 1907 ICE at its facility in Cleveland, mark- ing the ? rst instance in which Damen tugs will be built under license in the United

States, according to the Ohio shipbuilder. The ICE Class vessels will be operated by the yard’s af? liate company, The Great Lakes Towing Company, and will replace existing tonnage. Under the agreement, Great Lakes Shipyard will receive full con- struction, design and engineering support from Damen, who will provide assis- tance based on its experience with construction of some 200 1907 design vessels.

The Stan Tug 1907 ICE was chosen on Damen’s proven design and fact-? nding visits made by the management of The Great Lakes Towing Company to Damen in the Netherlands. Stan Tugs 1907 can be found operating in locations around the world including Russia, Qatar and the Netherlands.

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