USS SAN ANTONIO
LPD 17
  
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July 19, 2003 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) San Antonio was christened, by Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, during a ceremony at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems (NGSS) Avondale Operations in New Orleans. It is the first surface ship ever designed in "virtual reality," using computer modeling to design most of the ship before any steel was ever cut. It is also the first to feature the Advanced Enclosed Mast/Sensor system that replaces conventional masts, protecting radar and communications antennas from weather and allowing their electronic signals to pass through. The San Antonio class will functionally replace more than 41 ships (LPD 4, LSD 36, LKA 113 and LST 1179 classes of amphibious ships) providing the Navy and Marine Corps with modern, sea-based platforms.

January 14, 2006 USS San Antonio (LPD 17) was commissioned during an 11 a.m. CST ceremony at Naval Station Ingleside, Texas.

January 24, Cmdr. Bradley Lee relieved Capt. Jon Padfield as commanding officer of USS San Antonio.

January 25, USS San Antonio arrived to its homeport of Naval Station Norfolk, Va.

May 1, LPD 17 pulled into Port Everglades, Fla., in support of South Florida’s Fleet Week USA. Nearly 3,000 Sailors are participating in this year’s fleet week.

May 24, USS San Antonio arrived in New York City for a six-day port visit to participate in annual Navy Fleet Week. Fleet Week has been sponsored by New York City since 1984 in celebration of the United States sea service.

June 5, USS San Antonio began testing its flight operations capabilities, as part of an overall test of the integration of new aerial technology with the newest maritime advances, using the tilt-rotor V-22 Osprey and the CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter.

July 19, Participants in the Leaders to Sea program toured the amphibious transport dock to increase their understanding of the Navy’s mission and how Sailors accomplish it. Five civilians from a variety of East Coast companies, including Velocity Capital, Inc., Global Maritime Transportation and the Institute for Defense Analyses took part in the program as part of the Navy’s effort to reach out to community leaders and help them gain a better understanding of how the Navy functions on a day-to-day basis.

August 16, LPD 17 is currently underway for Combat Systems Ship Board Qualifications in the Virginia Capes Op. Area.

September 11, USS San Antonio moored at Manhattan's Pier 92 in New York City, N.Y., for a scheduled port visit to commemorate those who lost their lives, five years ago during the terrorist attacks on New York, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa. Twenty-four tons of steel from the World Trade Center were melted down and used in constructing the ship.

December 3, Crew members of USS San Antonio made a daring rescue Dec. 1 in the Atlantic Ocean. With stormy seas and winds upward around 40 nautical miles per hour, fishing vessel "Miss Melissa" was taking on water fast at around 2:30 p.m. when San Antonio sprung into action. The San Antonio answered the distress call immediately deploying a crew of five personnel in a ridged hull inflatable boat (RHIB) to retrieve the crew, later sending a team back to the fishing vessel to assist with dewatering efforts.

December 12, The San Antonio successfully completed the finale of the ship's 10-month Unit Level Training (ULT) with a successful Final Evaluation Period (FEP) off the coast of Virginia.

April 13, 2007 USS San Antonio failed sea trials last month and needs $36 million in repairs. Inspectors found major defects in three critical areas during a review of the ship between March 26-30 at Norfolk Naval Station. Some repairs have already been made to the ship, and the Navy hopes to get the rest completed over the next three months. The failures included a broken electronic circuit card that disabled the starboard steering system and prevented the ship from leaving port; the failure of a ventilation system in the fuel pumping room, which allowed for the build-up of flammable vapors; and momentary loss of radio communications between pilots and landing signal officers on the flight deck, forcing the systems to be reset during take-offs and landings.

December 5, USS San Antonio, commanded by Cmdr. Kurt A. Kastner, went through its Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) inspection from Nov. 26-30 at Naval Station Norfolk. This was the ship's third attempt to get past the inspection.

March 9, 2008 USS San Antonio is currently undergoing an operational evaluation with elements of the 26th MEU off the coast of North Carolina.

July 10, The amphibious transport dock ship is currently underway for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) off the coast of Virginia.

July 28, LPD 17 is currently participating in a Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 08-4 "Operation Brimstone" off the U.S. eastern seaboard, from July 21-31.

August 28, USS San Antonio departed Norfolk for its maiden deployment, as part of the USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG), following a two-day delay because of a mechanical problem with the stern gate.

September 11, The San Antonio arrived in Naples, Italy, for a scheduled port visit.

September 20, USS San Antonio recently moored at Aksaz Naval Base for a liberty port visit to Marmaris, Turkey.

November 7, LPD 17 is currently in shipyard in Manama, Bahrain, for repairs due to oil leaks in the lubrication system.

January 23, 2009 Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, consisting of the flagship USS San Antonio, USS Mahan (DDG 72) and HMS Portland (F 79), is currently conducting couter-piracy operations in and around the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and the Red Sea.

February 4, Petty Officer 1st Class Theophilus K. Ansong was lost at sea after thrown from an inflatable boat as it was being lowered into the water in the Gulf of Aden, about 8 a.m. local time. The boat flipped over when a line and crane cable got hooked, causing the 11-foot boat to flip over. The other two sailors were pulled out of the water and weren’t injured.

February 23, LPD 17 recently arrived in Alexandria, Egypt, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of "The Great White Fleet."

March 3, The San Antonio recently pulled into Santorini, Greece, for a rare port visit.

March 6, USS San Antonio arrived in Split, Croatia, for a three-day port visit.

March 13, The U.S. Department of Defense announced the death of a Petty Officer 1st Class Theophilus K. Ansong who was lost at sea on Feb. 4.

March 27, USS San Antonio returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a seven-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).

April 1, 2010 The San Antonio recently arrived in Baltimore, Md., for a scheduled port visit.

May 14, Adm. John Harvey, commander of Fleet Forces Command, issued a punitive letter of reprimand to San Antonio skipper Cmdr. Eric C. Cash during an admiral’s mast on Thursday, for being "derelict in the performance of his duties" over an Feb. 4 incident last year. The ship is currently undergoing repairs at Earl Industries shipyard to fix problems with its diesel engines and lube oil systems.

June 9, Cmdr. Thomas C. Kait, Jr., relieved Cmdr. Eric C. Cash as CO of USS San Antonio during a change-of-command ceremony.

September 10, LPD 17 returned to Naval Station Norfolk after nine months, although the repairs are not yet complete. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) hopes to begin machinery trials in November, but with the coming holidays the overhaul isn’t expected to be complete until the mid-January.

October 14, Fleet Forces Command announced that USS San Antonio will miss a scheduled deployment next year in order to complete the work. USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19), which returned in August from a seven-month deployment, will take the San Antonio’s place and deploy next summer with the Bataan (LHD 5) ARG.

May 17, 2011 USS San Antonio departed Norfolk for 10-day sea trials. This is the first time the ship will spend a significant period at sea since its maiden deployment more than two years ago.

June 15, The San Antonio returned to homeport, after a 10-day underway off the coast of Virginia, completing the second half of its sea trials. The milestone marks the end of extensive overhauls to address flaws in the ship's mechanical and engineering systems.

July 20, All four of the San Antonio's engines experienced problems while the crew was training off the coast of Virginia last week and one of the engines had to be shut down. LPD 17 returned home on Saturday, 10 days early, after a team of engineers was sent aboard to assess the problems. The repairs will be done pierside at Norfolk Naval Station, and they should be finished in time for the ship and its crew to begin a 20-week, pre-deployment training set for August.

August 3, USS San Antonio returned to homeport after a two-day testing of repairs. With success declared, Afloat Training Group Atlantic trainers were cleared to board the ship and begin the basic phase, a combination of in-port and at-sea assessment and training, in preparation for deployment early 2012.

August 25, The San Antonio emergency sortied from Naval Station Norfolk to avoid the approaching Hurricane Irene.

December 2, Cmdr. Neil A. Koprowski relieved Cmdr. Thomas C. Kait, Jr., as CO of LPD 17 during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship at Norfolk.

January 30, 2012 USS San Antonio departed Norfolk to participate in the largest joint and multinational amphibious assault exercise in the past ten years, Bold Aligator 2012 (BA12), Jan. 30- Feb. 12.

June 13, The San Antonio arrived in Baltimore, Md., for a six-day port visit to participate in Navy Week 2012, as part of Baltimore's Star-Spangled Sailabration and commemoration the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the Star-Spangled Banner.

August 1, USS San Antonio anchored off the coast of Rockland, Maine, for a four-day port visit to participate in Lobster Festival; Returned home on Aug. 10; Underway for a Friends and Family Day Cruise in early October.

October 31, LPD 17 departed Naval Station Norfolk to provide Navy relief to areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, if required. Anchored in New York Harbor on Nov. 2; Returned home on Nov. 12.

December 11, The San Antonio departed Naval Station Norfolk for Group Sail as part of the USS Bataan ARG.

January 22, 2013 USS San Antonio departed Norfolk for a two-week Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 4/Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT), as part of the USS Kearsarge ARG; Onload in Morehead City, N.C., from Jan. 23-24; Commenced COMPTUEX on Jan. 28; Conducted emergent repairs to its four main propulsion diesel engines in early March.

March 11, USS San Antonio departed homeport for a scheduled deployment after a three-day delay due to bad weather.

March 26, The San Antonio pulled into Naval Station Rota, Spain, for a brief port call.

April 1, The amphibious transport dock ship pulled into Souda Bay, Crete, for a three-day port call; Transited the Suez Canal on April 5.

April 21, Approximately 300 Marines assigned to Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, were transported from the USS San Antonio to Camp Al-Galail on CH-53 Super Stallion helicopters to participate in a multinational annual exercise Eagle Resolve 2013, while the ship was underway off the coast of Qatar; Anchored off the coast of Doha to offload Marines and vechiles on April 22.

May 7, USS San Antonio moored at Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP) in Hidd, Bahrain, for a week-long port call before participating in International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) 2013 as flagship of the Combined Task Force (CTF) 523.

June 6, LPD 17 recently arrived in the Gulf of Aqaba to offload Marines and equipment in Jordan for participation in annual multinational exercise Eager Lion 2013; Inport Aqaba Naval Base from June 9-13?; Returned to the Gulf of Aqaba for backload on June 21; Transited Bab el-Mandeb Strait southbound on July 27.

August 18, Capt. Randell W. Dykes relieved Cmdr. Neil A. Koprowski as CO of the USS San Antonio during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship in the Gulf of Aden.

August 29, The San Antonio returned to Mediterranean Sea after transiting Suez Canal.

September 4, The amphibious transport dock ship pulled into Haifa, Israel, for a four-day port visit.

September 22, USS San Antonio arrived in Naval Station Rota for a week-long port call to conduct agricultural counter-measure washdowns.

October 16, The San Antonio rescued 128 men from a distressed boat in the central Mediterranean Sea, at approximately 6 p.m. local time, after responding to a call by the Maltese Government; Inport Rota again for backload from Oct. 24-27.?

November 7, USS San Antonio returned to Naval Station Norfolk after an extended eight-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet AoR.

December 11, LPD 17 moored at Pier 1, General Dynamics NASSCO-Earl Industries shipyard in Portsmouth, Va., for a Phased Maintenance Availability (PMA); Returned to Naval Station Norfolk on Nov. ?, 2014; Underway for sea trials from Dec. 6-9.

February ?, 2015 Capt. Michael D. Patterson relieved Capt. Randell W. Dykes as the 8th commanding officer of USS San Antonio.

May 18, The San Antonio departed Naval Station Norfolk en route to New York City.

May 20, USS San Antonio moored at Berth 5, Manhattan's Pier 92 for a six-day port visit to participate in annual Fleet Week New York.

June 6, USS San Antonio, with embarked 300 Marines from the 1st Battalion, 6th Regiment, moored at Romanian Quay in Port of Gdynia, Poland, for a two-day port call before participating in at-sea phase of a multinational exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2015.

June 19, The San Antonio moored at Scheermole, Tirpitzhafen Naval Base in Kiel, Germany, for a two-day port visit to participate in annual Kiel Week celebration.

June 23, LPD 17 moored at Cruise Quay 27, Old City Harbour in Tallinn, Estonia, for a brief port visit.

July 1, USS San Antonio moored at Skarfabakki Quay, New Harbour in Reykjavik, Iceland, for a brief port call; Returned home on July 13.

July 2?, The San Antonio moored at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Va., to offload ammunition.

October 15, The amphibious transport dock ship is currently moored at Berth 2, Pier 9 on Naval Station Norfolk, undergoing a Continuous Maintenance Availability (CMAV); Underway for sea trials from Feb. 17-19.

March 14, 2016 USS San Antonio departed homeport for an 11-day underway to participate in Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 6/Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT), with the 22nd MEU, in preparation for the upcoming deployment as part of the USS Wasp (LHD 1) ARG; Underway for MEUEX from April 7-25.

May 26, The San Antonio moored at Berth 6, Pier 4 on Naval Station Norfolk after 22-day underway for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX); Commenced CMAV in late May.

June 25, USS San Antonio departed Norfolk for a scheduled Middle East deployment.

June 26, LPD 17 moored at Berth 9, General Cargo Terminal in Port of Morehead City, N.C., for a brief port call to conduct onload; Moored at Berth 3, Pier 1 on Naval Station Rota, Spain, from July 8-9; Transited the Strait of Gibraltar on July 9.

July 16, USS San Antonio pulled into Haifa, Israel, for a brief port call to conduct offload in preparation for a bilateral training exercise Noble Shirley 2016; Moored at Finger Berth in Haifa again for backload on July 20.

July 21, Capt. Darren W. Nelson relieved Capt. Michael D. Patterson as CO of the San Antonio during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship in Port of Haifa.

July 25, The amphibious transport dock ship entered the Red Sea after transiting Suez Canal.

August 22, USS San Antonio moored at Port of Sultan Qaboos in Muscat, Oman, for a four-day liberty visit.

From September 20-21, USS San Antonio and USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41), participated in a non-combatant evacuation operation (NEO) exercise near Muscat, with the U.S. Embassy and Royal Omani Police personnel; Transited the Strait of Hormuz northbound on Sept. 24.

September 27, The San Antonio moored at Berth 12, Mina Salman Port in Manama, Bahrain, for a 10-day upkeep; Transited the Strait of Hormuz southbound on Oct. 8; Transited the Bab el-Mandeb Strait northbound on Oct. 12; Transited the Suez Canal northbound on Oct. 16.

October 23, USS San Antonio relieved the USS Wasp in the Gulf of Sydra in support of Operation Odyssey Lightning; Conducted turnover with the USS Wasp again on Dec. 4.

December 7, LPD 17 moored at Berth 3, Pier 1 on Naval Station Rota for agricultural counter-measure washdowns.