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USS John P. Murtha (LPD-26)


San Antonio Class Amphibious Transport Dock:
  • Laid down, 6 June 2012, at Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, MS.
  • Scheduled for delivery to the Navy in 2015
  • Launched, 30 October 2014
  • Christened, 20 March 2015
  • Delivered and accepted by the US Navy, 13 May 2016
  • Commissioned USS John P. Murtha (LPD-26), 8 October 2016, at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, PA.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 25,000 t.(fl)
    Length 684'
    Beam 105'
    Draft 23 ft.
    Speed 22 kts.
    Complement 33 Officers, 411 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations 66 Officers, 625 Enlisted
    Mission Systems
    Vehicles/Cargo (Net): Three Vehicle Decks (2323 sq m)
    Two Cargo/Ammo Magazines (708 cu m)
    Cargo Fuel, JP-5 (1190 cu m) , MOGAS (38 cu m)
    Two LCACs
    Medical
    Two Operating Rooms
    24 Person Hospital Ward
    100 Casualty Overflow Capacity:
    Aviation Facilities
    Hangar - "O" Level, Maintenance Facilities for; One CH-53E, or Two CH-46s, or One MV-22, or Three UH/AH-1s
    Landing - Two CH-53s, or Four AH/UH-1s, or Four CH-46s, or Two MV-22s, or One AV-8B Harrier:
    Main Propulsion
    4 - Medium Speed Turbocharged Marine Diesels
    2 - Shafts
    2 - Single Reversing Reduction Gears
    2 - Inboard Rotating (top) Fixed Pitch Propellers
    Electric Plant
    5 - 2500 KW Ship Service Marine Diesel Generators
    5 - Main Ship Service 60 Hz SWBS
    3 - Ship Service 400 Hz SWBS
    3 - 60 to 400 Hz solid State Frequency changers
    Zonal 60 Hz Power distribution system
    Advanced Degaussing System
    Auxiliaries
    7 - 700 KW Non-CFC Air conditioning Plants
    5 - 12000 GPD Reverse Osmosis Desalination Plants
    10 - 1000 GPM Navy Standard Firepumps
    2 - HP Air Compressors
    3 - LP Air Compressors
    3 - Deballast Air Compressors
    Navigation
    Digital Flux Gate Magnetic Compass
    AN/WSN-7(V)1 Inertial Navigation System
    AN/WQN-2 Doppler Sonar Velocity Log System
    AN/UQN-4A Sonar Sounding Set, Dead Reckoning System
    Navigation Telex System
    AN/SSN-6 NAVSSI
    Armament
    1 - MK 41, 16 Cell VLS, (Space & Weight)
    2 - MK 31 Mod 0 RAM Launchers
    2 - MK 46 Mod 1 30mm Machine Guns
    2 - MK 26 Mod 17 .50 Cal Machine Guns
    Command & Control
    AN/SPQ-12(V) Radar Display Dist. Distribution System
    MK 2 SSDS
    AN/USQ-119C(V)27 JMCIS
    AN/KSQ-1 Amphibious Assault Direction System
    MK 91, 2 Channel MFCS
    AN/USG-2 CEC
    Radar Systems
    AN/SPS-48E
    AN/SPQ-9B
    AN/SPS-73
    EW & Decoy Systems
    AN/SLQ-25A NIXIE
    AN/SLQ-32Q(V)2
    MK 36 SRBOC
    MK 53 / NULKA

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    Somerset 103k
    Namesake
    John Patrick Murtha, Jr., a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in New Martinsville, Wetzel County, W.Va., June 17, 1932; graduated from Ramsey High School, Mount Pleasant, Pa., 1950; attended Kiskiminetas Spring School, 1951; B.A., University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa., 1962; attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pa., 1963; United States Marine Corps, 1952-1955, and 1966-1967; United States Marine Corps Reserves, 1955-1966, and 1967-1990; member of the Pennsylvania state house of representatives, 1969-1974; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-third Congress by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative John P. Saylor, reelected to the eighteen succeeding Congresses (February 5, 1974 - February 8, 2010); died on February 8, 2010, in Arlington, Va.
    Bill Gonyo
    Somerset 112k John P. Murtha (LPD 26) on the builders ways at Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, MS., circa October 2014.
    Photo courtesy Ingalls Shipbuilding.
    Tommy Trampp
    Somerset 139k Ship Sponsor Donna S. Murtha breaks a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow of the amphibious transport dock LPD 26, 20 March 2015, officially christening the ship John P. Murtha.
    Photo by Lance Davis
    Lee Wahler
    Somerset 241k Overhead view of John P. Murtha (LPD 26) under way in the Gulf of Mexico for Builder’s Trial in March 2016.
    Huntington Ingalls Industries photo.
    Tommy Trampp
    Somerset 219k John P. Murtha (LPD 26) under way on the Delaware River at Philadelphia, 3 October 2016. Ron Reeves
    Somerset 325k People gather together in order to honor the commissioning of USS John P. Murtha (LPD-26) at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia. The ship was named after John P. Murtha, a former Marine and former governor of Pennsylvania. The Marines in the ceremony are from of 2nd Marine Logistics Group, 2nd Marine Division and II Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group at Camp Lejeune, N.C., and 2nd Marine Air Wing at Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C.
    US Marine Corps Photo # 161008-M-SI789-207 PHILADELPHIA(Oct. 8, 2016) by Sgt. Clemente C. Garcia
    Ron Reeves
    Somerset 73k USS John P. Murtha (LPD-26) commissioning ceremony, Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, PA., 8 October 2016.
    Photos by Dave Boone.
    Ron Reeves
    Somerset 34k
    Somerset 198k USS John P. Murtha (LPD-26) transits San Diego Bay as she steams towards her new homeport, Naval Base San Diego.
    US Navy Photo # 161118-N-MZ078-271 SAN DIEGO (Nov. 18, 2016) by MCSN Lucas T. Hans.
    Ron Reeves


    For more photos and information about USS John P. Nurtha see;
  • USS John, P. Murtha (LPD-26)
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • Navy Fact File - Amphibious Transport Dock - LPD
  • Federation of American Scientists, Military Analysis Network, US Navy Ships
  • USS John P. Murtha Commissioning
  • Facebook - USS John P. Murtha
  • You Tube - USS John P. Murtha (LPD-26) arrives at her new homeport of San Diego, 18 November 2016

  • Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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