The San Diego (LPD 22) is the sixth ship of the LPD 17 San Antonio class of amphibious ships designed to carry Marines,
landing craft, vehicles and aircraft. Beginning with the San Antonio, the class has been dogged by numerous construction and
design problems. Although each new ship has shown improvement over the previous delivery, the Navy and Huntington Ingalls
are anxious for the newer ships to be delivered in the best condition possible.
During the sea trials, according to the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), the San Diego completed a full power run,
a self defense detect-to-engage exercise, evaluation of key combat and communications systems, rapid ballast/deballast, quick
reversals ahead and astern, steering checks, and an anchor handling demonstration.
Crewed by Huntington Ingalls personnel and assisted by contractors, the ship, NAVSEA said, ran tests intended to prove
the performance of the combat and communications systems, propulsion plant, ship handling, damage control capabilities and
auxiliary systems. The engineering control system and ship control systems also were demonstrated.
Navy experts from NAVSEA, the supervisor of shipbuilding and other government offices were also aboard to observe the
Ingalls LPD 17-class program manager Jay Stefany said in a statement that "these were the first builder's trials of an
LPD 17-class ship executed out of the Ingalls Pascagoula facility in four years, and it is clear that HII is incorporating
many lessons learned from earlier LPD 17-class ships.
"HII's ability to successfully present over 200 separate, successful events during these trials demonstrated solid progress
toward delivery later this year," he added.
The San Diego will spend several weeks at Ingalls undergoing further tweaks in preparation for Navy acceptance trials,
expected to be run in November by the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). Delivery of the ship to the Navy will follow
the successful completion of those trials.
The San Diego is to be commissioned in 2012, and will be based at its namesake city in California.