San Antonio-class USS Portland completes acceptance trials
PASCAGOULA, Miss. U.S. Navy officials announced that the future USS Portland (LPD-27) completed Acceptance Trials on August 18, sailing from and returning to Huntington Ingalls Industries' shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi.
USS Portland is scheduled to be delivered to the Navy later this fall and will be commissioned next spring in her namesake city, Portland, Oregon.
It is the 11th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock to be presented to the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) for acceptance. Acceptance trials are conducted with INSURV and are intended to demonstrate a ship's readiness for delivery through a series of dockside and underway tests and evaluations.
"The USS Portland is a well-designed ship that is going to increase our Navy and Marine Corps warfighting capability for years to come," says Vice Adm. Thomas Moore, commander, Naval Sea Systems Command. "The material condition of the ship is fantastic, and the success she had during acceptance trials is a true testament to the men and women that built her."
Acceptance trials began with dockside checks and continued with demonstrations of several major systems while at sea. Systems tested included main propulsion engineering and ship control systems, combat and communications systems, damage control, food service and crew support.
LPD 27 successfully completed a full-power run, steering checks, quick reversal, boat handling, anchoring and ballast demonstrations, Navy officials say. The ship also completed a flawless detect-to-engage evolution, executed by Portland Sailors.