USS ARLINGTON LPD 24
The Arlington (LPD 24) is the eight San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock and the third U.S. Navy ship named for Arlington County, Va., where American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon, on September 11, 2001, killing nearly 200 people.
December 18, 2008 The keel authentication ceremony for the Arlington was held at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding Ingalls Operations in Pascagoula, MS.
November 23, 2010 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Arlington was launched from a floating dry-dock at Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. LPD 24 is currently 77 percent complete and includes upgrades from previous LPDs including a new water purification system and a new operating system for the ship's computing environment.
March 26, 2011 PCU Arlington was christened during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony at Pascagoula, Miss. Mrs. Joyce Rumsfeld, wife of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. Darren W. Nelson is the prospective commanding officer.
August 21, 2012 LPD 24 underway for the first time to conduct three-day Builder's (Alpha) sea trials. Underway for acceptance trials with the INSURV from Oct. 28- Nov. 2.
December 7, The U.S. Navy took delivery of PCU Arlington during a ceremony at Huntington Ingalls Industries - Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss.
March 14, 2013 The amphibious transport dock arrived in Naval Station Mayport, Fla., for a four-day port call.
March 22, The Arlington arrived in its homeport of Naval Station Norfolk after a two-week transit from Pascagoula, Miss.
April 6, USS Arlington was commissioned during a 12.30 p.m. EST ceremony in Norfolk, Va.
May 31, The Arlington completed its first part of Combat Systems Ships Qualification Trials (CSSQT). Underway for CSSQT Phase IB, and routine training in the VACAPES Op. Area from June 3-11; Conducted its first ever underway replenishment (UNREP), with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Big Horn (T-AO 198) on June 4.
June 17, BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair was awarded a $22,5 million modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-10-C-2204) to exercise an option for services and material for the Arlington's Post Shakedown Availability (PSA). Work is expected to be completed by April 2014.
June 24, The Arlington departed Norfolk for Combat Systems Ships Qualification Trials (CSSQT) Phase 2A; Underway for CSSQT Phase 2C in late July.
August 15, USS Arlington conducted a stationary recovery test of the Orion crew module mockup, while moored at Naval Station Norfolk's Pier 12. This phase one test was to determine the best method for recovering NASA's newest manned spacecraft after earth re-entry and splash down in the ocean. Phase 2 will be an open ocean recovery simulation in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California in 2014.
October 23, The amphibious transport dock conducted its first burial at sea while underway in the Virginia Capes Op. Area. Underway for final contract trials from Nov. 18-21.
February 7, 2014 Cmdr. Gregory L. Baker relieved Cmdr. Darren W. Nelson as CO of the Arlington during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at the BAE Systems shipyard.
May 30, USS Arlington departed BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair for sea trials after a five-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA). Returned to Naval Station Norfolk on June 6; Underway for routine training in the VACAPES Op. Area on June 2?; Underway for well deck certification in mid-July; Underway for local operations in late July.
August 4, USS Arlington departed homeport in support of the USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) ARG's Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 8/Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT). Underway for routine training on Sept. ?.
September 15, LPD 24 arrived in Naval Station Newport, R.I., for a five-day port call in conjuction with the 21st Chief of Naval Operation's International Seapower Symposium, hosted by the Naval War College.