LPD Flight II is the right choice for the next generation amphibious ship to replace the Whidbey Island (LSD 41) and Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) classes of dock landing ships. The LPD Flight II is substantially more capable than both ship classes at an affordable cost. The design, a derivative of LPD 29, is stable and ready for serial construction of 13 LPD Flight II ships beginning with LPD 30, which was awarded on March 26, 2019.
In response to the customers’ expressed desire for a platform that is ready to conduct split and disaggregated operations, the LPD Flight II will be a mobile, agile airport, seaport, hospital, command and control node, maintenance and logistics facilities supporting a Marine Air Ground Task Force.
The Navy’s decision to utilize the LPD 17 hull as the foundation for LPD Flight II will result in significant capabilities and affordability. The proven LPD hull avoids the risk that accompanies the introduction of a new ship design while saving cost and shortening time to delivery. That means more warfighting capability for the Navy and Marine Corps faster.
Building on a legacy of proven equipment and systems, LPD Flight II maintains commonality with existing fleet assets to provide added value by capitalizing on existing logistics support, crew training and knowledge base for Sailors and Marines. It is the right ship at the right time to efficiently and affordably meet the needs of our Navy/Marine Corps team.