PCU New Orleans (LPD 18)

New Orleans, La (Oct 23, 2006) – The Pre-Commissioning Unit New Orleans (LPD 18) transits past the city of New Orleans on the Mississippi River. The amphibious transport dock was heading to the Gulf of Mexico to conduct builder’s trials. New Orleans is being built in Avondale, Louisiana, and is scheduled to be commissioned in March of 2007. U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Dan Ball (RELEASED)

The New Orleans is the second San Antonio class amphibious transport dock ship. The next, the Mesa Verde, will also be commissioned next year.

Pics of the New Orleans’ construction are available on the PCU web site.


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