U.S. Navy To Name An Amphibious Transport Dock Ship The USS Fort Lauderdale
The U.S. Navy will be naming a ship in honor of Fort Lauderdale, highlighting the city's historic ties to the naval branch of the Armed Forces, the city announced Monday.
The USS Fort Lauderdale will be an amphibious transport dock ship designated LPD 28, according to Eric Durie, public affairs officer for the Secretary of the Navy's office. Amphibious transport dock ships are warships that carry Marines, their equipment and supplies from the sea to the shore in support of amphibious assault, special operations and expeditionary warfare missions.
"Having a ship named in our [c]ity's honor provides us with an opportunity to build upon the unique history, tradition, friendship and respect we have established with the U.S. Navy...," Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler said in a release.
Fort Lauderdale's ties to the U.S. Navy date back to the 1830s, when a contingency of Navy sailors reinforced Major William Lauderdale's troops that were stationed along the New River during the Second Seminole War. Fort Lauderdale also served as a Naval training center during World War II.
Local business owner and 20-year Navy veteran Chuck Black helped spearhead the effort to have a ship named after the city.
"The project will create an inseparable bond between the [c]ity and the Navy while leaving a legacy for generations to come, as our service men and women defend our freedom and protect our shores aboard the USS Fort Lauderdale," he said in the release.
Don't expect USS Fort Lauderdale to be sailing the high seas right away, however. From the time of announcement, it can take several years for ships to actually be commissioned. Once they are, ships often remain in use for 20 to 30 years, building a strong affinity between the Navy and the city for which the ship is named, according to a public affairs officer with the Navy.
(Photo above shows the Navy's future amphibious transport dock ship, which recently completed at-sea builder's trials. Courtesy shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries)