The U.S. Navy commissioned its newest Amphibious Transport Dock ship over the weekend, officials said.
According to a press release from the Navy, it commissioned its newest Amphibious Transport Dock ship USS Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28) July 30, 2022, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Amphibious transport dock ships are warships that embark, transport and land elements of a landing force for a variety of expeditionary warfare mission
LPDs are used to transport and land Marines, their equipment, and supplies by embarked Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) or conventional landing craft and amphibious assault vehicles (AAV) augmented by helicopters or vertical take-off and landing aircraft (MV 22). These ships support amphibious assault, special operations, or expeditionary warfare missions and serve as secondary aviation platforms for amphibious operations.
USS Fort Lauderdale will be homeported at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia.