Amphibious Transport Dock

LPD 18  -  USS New Orleans

 

 

USS New Orleans LPD 18 patch crest insignia

LPD-18 USS New Orleans San Antonio class amphibious transport dock landing ship US Navy

Type, Class:

 

Amphibious Transport Dock (LPD); San Antonio-class;

Builder:

 

Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Avondale Division, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

now a part of Huntington Ingalls Industries

STATUS:

 

Awarded: December 18, 1998

Laid down: October 14, 2002

Launched: December 11, 2004

Commissioned: March 10, 2007

ACTIVE UNIT (Pacific Fleet)

Homeport:

 

Naval Base San Diego, California

Namesake:

 

named after and in honor of the City of New Orleans, Louisiana

Ship's Motto:

 

VICTORY FROM THE SEA

Technical Data:

(Measures, Propulsion,

Armament, Aviation, etc.)

 

see: INFO > San Antonio - class Amphibious Transport Dock

 

ship images

 

lpd 18 uss new orleans san antonio class amphibious transport dock arabian gulf 2013

Arabian Gulf - November 2013

 

lpd 18 uss new orleans everett washington 2012

Everett, Washington - July 2012

 

lpd 18 uss new orleans san antonio class amphibious transport dock san diego

San Diego, California - July 2012

 

uss new orleans lpd 18 san diego california

San Diego, California - July 2012

 

lpd 18 uss new orleans pearl harbor hawaii 2012

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - Jule 2012

 

uss new orleans lpd 18 uss makin island lhd 8 uss pearl harbor lsd 52

USS New Orleans (LPD-18), USS Makin Island (LHD-8) and USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) - Indian Ocean - May 2012

 

LPD-18 USS New Orleans LHD-8 USS Makin Island LSD-52 USS Pearl Harbor Indian Ocean 2012

USS New Orleans (LPD-18), USS Makin Island (LHD-8) and USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) - Indian Ocean - May 2012

 

USS New Orleans LPD-18 Arabian Sea 2012

Arabian Sea - April 2012

 

LPD-18 USS New Orleans

Arabian Sea - April 2012

 

USS New Orleans LPD-18 Gulf of Aden 2012

Gulf of Aden - March 2012

 

LPD-18 USS New Orleans

Gulf of Aden - March 2012

 

LPD-18 USS New Orleans RHIB

Arabian Sea - March 2012

 

USS New Orleans LPD-18 RHIB

Arabian Sea - March 2012

 

LPD-18 USS New Orleans Mk-46 30 mm gun weapon system live fire exercise

Mk-46 30mm gun weapon system live fire exercise - Arabian Sea - March 2012

 

LPD-18 USS New Orleans CH-53E Sea Stallion HMM-268

CH-53E Sea Stallion (HMM-268/REIN) - Arabian Sea - February 2012

 

USS New Orleans LPD-18 LCAC well deck

Arabian Gulf - February 2012

 

LPD-18 USS New Orleans Arabian Gulf 2012 vertrep

Arabian Gulf - February 2012

 

LPD-18 USS New Orleans

Arabian Gulf - February 2012

 

USS New Orleans LPD-18 replenishment

Arabian Gulf - February 2012

 

LPD-18 USS New Orleans CH-46E Sea Knight night operations flight deck

CH-46E Sea Knights (HMM-268/REIN) - Arabian Gulf - February 2012

 

USS New Orleans LPD-18

Arabian Gulf - February 2012

 

LPD-18 USS New Orleans San Antonio class amphibious transport dock

Arabian Gulf - February 2012

 

USS New Orleans LPD-18

Arabian Gulf - February 2012

 

LPD-18 USS New Orleans CH-46E Sea Knight Arabian Gulf 2012

Arabian Gulf - February 2012

 

LPD-18 USS New Orleans LCAC well deck Arabian Gulf 2012

Arabian Gulf - January 2012

 

USS New Orleans LPD-18

Arabian Sea - January 2012

 

LPD-18 USS New Orleans CH-46 Sea Knights on flight deck

Pacific Ocean - October 2011

 

LPD-18 USS New Orleans San Diego 2011

San Diego - August 2011

 

LPD-18 USS New Orleans AAV well deck

AAV’s in the well deck, waiting for launch - Pacific Ocean - August 2011

 

LPD-18 USS New Orleans AAV's returning to well deck

AAV’s returning to the well deck - Pacific Ocean - August 2011

 

USS New Orleans LPD-18 San Diego California

San Diego - July 2011

 

LPD-18 USS New Orleans

San Diego - February 2011

 

USS New Orleans LPD-18 San Diego homeport

San Diego - February 2011

 

LPD-18 USS New Orleans

San Diego - February 2011

 

LPD-18 USS New Orleans leaving dry dock

San Diego - February 2011

 

USS New Orleans LPD-18 dry dock San Diego 2011

San Diego - February 2011

 

LPD-18 USS New Orleans Bahia Malaga Colombia 2010

Bahia Malaga, Colombia - August 2010

 

USS New Orleans LPD-18 AAV's in well deck

AAV’s waiting for launch - Pacific Ocean - July 2010

 

LPD-18 USS New Orleans Pacific Ocean 2010

Pacific Ocean - June 2010

 

USS New Orleans LPD-18

Pacific Ocean - June 2010

 

LPD-18 USS New Orleans

Pacific Ocean - June 2010

 

LPD-18 USS New Orleans

Pacific Ocean - June 2010

 

USS New Orleans LPD-18

Pacific Ocean - June 2010

 

LPD-18 USS New Orleans Pacific Ocean

Pacific Ocean - June 2010

 

USS New Orleans LPD 18 San Diego, California 2009

San Diego, California - August 2009

 

USS New Orleans (LPD 18), USS Boxer (LHD 4) and USS Comstock (LSD 45) - Pacific Ocean 2009

USS New Orleans (LPD 18), USS Boxer (LHD 4) and USS Comstock (LSD 45) underway in the Pacific Ocean - July 2009

 

USS New Orleans (LPD 18), USS Boxer (LHD 4) and USS Comstock (LSD 45) underway in the Pacific Ocean 2009

USS New Orleans (LPD 18), USS Boxer (LHD 4) and USS Comstock (LSD 45) underway in the Pacific Ocean - July 2009

 

USS New Orleans LPD 18 Pacific Ocean 2009

Pacific Ocean - July 2009

 

USS Boxer (LHD 4) and USS New Orleans (LPD 18) underway in the Pacific Ocean 2009

USS Boxer (LHD 4) and USS New Orleans (LPD 18) underway in the Pacific Ocean - July 2009

 

USS New Orleans LPD 18 Sasebo, Japan 2009

Sasebo, Japan - July 2009

 

USS New Orleans LPD 18 South China Sea 2009

South China Sea - July 2009

 

USS New Orleans LPD 18 South China Sea 2009

South China Sea - July 2009

 

USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199) and USS New Orleans (LPD 18) doing replenishment at sea (RAS) South China Sea 2009

USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199) and USS New Orleans during replenishment at sea (RAS) - South China Sea - July 2009

 

USS New Orleans LPD 18 Gulf of Aden 2009

Gulf of Aden - May 2009

 

USS New Orleans in dry dock 2009

in dry dock - May 2009

 

USS New Orleans LPD 18 Bahrain 2009

Bahrain - March 2009

 

USS New Orleans LPD 18 Bahrain 2009

Bahrain - March 2009

 

USS New Orleans LPD 18 Pacific Ocean 2008

Pacific Ocean - November 2008

 

USS New Orleans LPD 18 and landing craft utility LCU-1666 - Pacific Ocean 2008

Landing Craft Utility (LCU-1666) in the well deck - Pacific Ocean - February 2008

 

USS New Orleans LPD 18 and lighter amphibious resupply craft (LARC-V)

Lighter amphibious resupply craft (LARC-V) in the well deck of USS San Antonio - February 2008

 

USS New Orleans LPD 18 San Diego, California 2007

San Diego, California - September 2007

 

USS New Orleans LPD-18 San Diego fleet week 2007

San Diego, California - October 2007

 

USS New Orleans LPD 18 San Diego, California 2007

San Diego, California - May 2007

 

LPD-18 USS New Orleans

San Diego, California - May 2007

 

USS New Orleans LPD 18 San Diego Bay, California 2007

San Diego Bay, California - May 2007

 

USS New Orleans LPD 18 New Orleans, Louisiana 2007

New Orleans, Louisiana - April 2007

 

LPD-18 USS New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana - April 2007

 

USS New Orleans LPD 18 during her commissioning ceremony 2007

USS New Orleans (LPD 18) during her commissioning ceremony - New Orleans, Louisiana - March 10, 2007

 

USS New Orleans LPD 18 New Orleans, Louisiana 2007

New Orleans, Louisiana - March 2007

 

USS New Orleans LPD 18 New Orleans, Louisiana 2007

New Orleans, Louisiana - March 2007

 

USS New Orleans LPD 18 leaves Avondale shipyard for commissioning - Mississippi River 2007

USS New Orleans leaves Avondale shipyard for commissioning - Mississippi River - March 2007

 

USS New Orleans LPD 18 New Orleans, Louisiana 2006

New Orleans, Louisiana - October 2006

 

 

Namesake & History:

USS New Orleans (LPD 18):

 

USS New Orleans is the second vessel in the LPD-17 class of high-tech amphibious assault ships, which ferry Marines and their equipment to and from war zones. The contract to build her was awarded on 18 December 1998 to Northrop Grumman Ship Systems of New Orleans, Louisiana, and her keel was laid down on 14 October 2002. She was christened on 20 November 2004, sponsored by Carolyn Shelton, the wife of General Henry H. Shelton, former Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. The warship was actually launched three weeks later, on 11 December. She completed her Builder's Trials on 26 October 2006.

New Orleans was commissioned on 10 March 2007 in New Orleans, Louisiana, two years behind schedule and 90 percent over budget. After commissioning, she steamed to San Diego, California via the Panama Canal to join the US Pacific Fleet. She arrived at her new homeport of Naval Base San Diego on 3 May 2007 and was assigned to Amphibious Squadron Five.
 

After arriving in San Diego, New Orleans required 400,000 more man-hours of construction to bring it to fully operational status. Commander Scott Davies took command of the ship in June 2008. In August 2008, the ship failed its INSURV inspection. The INSURV inspectors documented 2,600 deficiencies, including problems with the steering system, broken ventilation fans, inoperable elevators, corrosion on the flight deck, and an unreliable propulsion system. "USS New Orleans was degraded in her ability to conduct sustained combat operations," the INSURV report said. "The ship cannot support embarked troops, cargo or landing craft." US Navy officials reported that 85% of the deficiencies were minor issues and that most of the deficiencies had already been corrected.

On January 9, 2009, the "New Orleans" departed San Diego on its initial deployment, as part of a five-ship amphibious strike group that also included the USS Boxer and the USS Comstock. The Boxer strike group and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit included more than 4,000 sailors and Marines.

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March 20, 2009 - USS Hartford (SSN 768) collided with USS New Orleans (LPD 18) in the Strait of Hormuz, between Iran, the United Arab Emirates, and Musandam, an exclave of Oman.
 
The collision occurred about 1:00 am local time (March 19, 2009). It inflicted minor injuries on 15 sailors on the Hartford and ruptured a fuel tank on the New Orleans, spilling 25,000 US gal (95,000 L) of diesel marine fuel. Both vessels continued on under their own power. The boats were traveling in the same direction and heading to port, with the Hartford submerged at the time of the collision.

The Hartford is believed to have rolled about 85 degrees during the collision and sustained damage to its sail, periscope and port bow plane. There was no damage to the nuclear reactor. An inspection of New Orleans in Manama, Bahrain by Navy divers found a 16 by 18 feet (4.9 by 5.5 m) hole in the ship's hull, a ruptured fuel tank, and interior damage to two ballast tanks.
 
The Navy announced April 14, 2009 that the submarine's skipper, Commander Ryan Brookhart, was relieved of duty by Rear Admiral Michael J. Connor because of a loss of confidence in Brookhart's ability to command. The Chief of the Boat, Master Chief Electronics Technician Stefan Prevot, was also relieved. Brookhart was replaced by Commander Chris Harkins, deputy commander of Submarine Squadron Eight.

On April 19, the sub began a surface transit back to the US for further repair, arriving two months later. After reaching home port, the US Navy made three contracts with General Dynamics Electric Boat to repair the sub for a total of $102.6 million. The repairs included the installation of a hull patch and a bridge access trunk, along with a portside retractable bow plane and sail. New Orleans was repaired in the Middle-East for $2.3 million and returned to duty.

On October 28, 2009 Submarine Force Commander Jay Donnelly explained that the primary cause of the collision was complacency and poor management on the part of Hartford's crew. Said Donnelly, "There was a great deal of complacency involved in the crew. They had been at sea for 63 days operating in areas with high contact density. There were a whole host of watchstanders that failed to recognize the sensor data that was presented to them."

 

patches

 

USS New Orleans LPD 18 patch crest insignia

 

 

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