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 1B, 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 moored at Pier 2 in Naval Station Newport, R.I., for a four-day port call in conjunction with the 21st Chief of Naval Operation's International Seapower Symposium, hosted by the Naval War College.
October 6, The Arlington moored at Berth 1, Pier 10 on Naval Station Norfolk after a four-week underway.
October 27, USS Arlington departed Norfolk for a 16-day underway, to participate in a multinational amphibious assault exercise Bold Alligator 2014, in the Virginia Capes and Cherry Point Op. Areas.
November 21, The Arlington moored at Berth 5, Pier 5 on Naval Station Norfolk after a five-day underway for local operations; Underway again from Dec. 11-15.
February 12, 2015 USS Arlington moored at Berth 2, Pier 10 in Norfolk after a three-day underway for sea trials, following a 7-week Continuous Maintenance Availability (CMAV); Underway for routine training in the VACAPES Op. Area from Feb. 23-27; Underway again on March 11.
March 13, USS Arlington moored at Black Falcon Cruise Terminal in South Boston, Mass., for a five-day port visit in conjunction with the annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival; Returned home on March 20.
April 29, The Arlington recently moored at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Va., to offload ammunition; Underway for a Friends and Family Day Cruise en route to Norfolk on May 2.?
May 4, LPD 24 departed homeport for an 11-day underway to participate in Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 4/Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT), with the 26th MEU, as part of the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) ARG.
May 15, The U.S. Navy successfully achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for the Block 2 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) aboard the USS Arlington.
June 5, Capt. Sean R. Bailey relieved Cmdr. Gregory L. Baker as the 3rd CO of Arlington during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship.
June 12, USS Arlington departed Pier 10, Naval Station Norfolk for a three-week underway to participate in ARG/MEU Exercise (MEUEX).
June 15, The Arlington moored at Berth 9, General Cargo Terminal in Port of Morehead City, N.C., for a two-day port call to conduct onload.
July 15, The amphibious transport dock departed homeport for a 23-day underway to participate in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).
October 6, USS Arlington departed Norfolk for a scheduled maiden deployment, after a three-day delay due to Hurricane Joaquin.
October 7, LPD 24 moored at Berth 9 in Port of Morehead City for a brief port call to conduct onload.
October 17, USS Arlington moored at Alcantara Cruise Terminal in Lisbon, Portugal, for a three-day port visit before participating in NATO exercise Trident Juncture 2015; Conducted an amphibious landing exercise at Praia do Pinheiro da Cruz Beach, Portugal, on Oct. 20.
October 25, The Arlington entered the Mediterranean Sea after transiting Strait of Gibraltar.
October 27, An CH-53E Super Stallion, currently embarked aboard the USS Arlington, conducted an emergency landing in a public park in Castelvetrano, Sicily, around 5 p.m. while en route to Naval Air Station Sigonella. No one was injured aboard the aircraft or on the ground.
October 29, USS Arlington moored at Berth K10, East Refueling Wharf in Souda Bay, Greece, for a brief port call to refuel.
November 1, The Arlington moored at West Fuel Berth K14 in Souda Bay for a four-day port call to conduct emergent repairs to the controllable pitch propeller system; Transited the Suez Canal on Nov. 9; Inport Eilat, Israel, from Nov. 14-18.
November 18, LPD 24 moored at Aqaba Naval Base, Jordan, for a two-day port visit; Transited the Bab el-Mandeb Strait on Nov. 23.
December 31, USS Arlington moored at Berth 5, Sultan Qaboos Port in Muscat, Oman, for a four-day liberty visit; Transited the Strait of Hormuz on Jan. ?.
January 13, The Arlington moored at Berth 13, Mina Salman Port in Manama, Bahrain, for a week-long upkeep.