The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26) is part of a very special type of ships. Part of a fleet consisting of only 12, the San Antonio-class warships were created to replaced 3 other classes of ships: the Austin-class LPDs, the Newport-class tank landing ships, and the Charleston-class amphibious cargo ships. In other words, they are 3-classes of ships in one. It was designed to provide the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps with modern, sea-based platforms that are networked, survivable, and built to operate with 21st century transformational platforms. Even though it carries fewer troops it has twice as much space for vehicles, landing craft, and aircraft, a warship that embarks, transports, and lands elements of a landing force for expeditionary warfare missions.
The Zumwalt-class destroyer is a class of U.S. Navy guided missile destroyers designed as multi-mission stealth ships with a focus on land attack, created with specifications not from the U.S Navy but from the U.S. Marine Corps. This futuristic vessel with an appearance compared to that of the historic ironclad warship class was designed for surface warfare, anti-aircraft warfare, and naval gunfire support, taking the place of battleships in filling the former congressional mandate for naval fire to support U.S. Marines operations.
This video contains footage of the USS John P. Murtha arriving at its new homeport Naval Base San Diego, as well as the future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) getting underway in Bath, Maine to join the fleet, after commissioning, Maryland, on Oct. 15, on its new homeport in San Diego. The future of U.S. Navy vessels, right here.
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