USS Portland passes first sea test as Navy support ship
The U.S. Navy put the USS Portland through its paces last week, and the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock has so far passed the test.
The ship completed the four-day Builder's Trials June 30 after being launched from the Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Builder's Trials are the U.S. Navy's test of the vessel's readiness. The ship still needs to complete Acceptance Trials this summer.
The Portland will be the 11th ship of the LPD 17 San Antonio class to join the fleet. It is scheduled to be commissioned in spring 2018 in Portland, and will stay in San Diego as its home port.
It is the third Navy ship to carry the Portland name, after a World War II heavy cruiser and a similar support ship.
The ship will deploy combat and support elements of Marine expeditionary units and brigades, by transporting air cushion or conventional landing craft and helicopters or MV-22 vertical take-off and landing aircraft.