LPD Flight II
The Proven Solution For the Next Generation Amphibious Transport Dock
LPD Flight II is the proven solution for the next generation amphibious transport dock. Flight II is a capable variant of the amphibious transport dock LPD 17. Utilizing the LPD 17's proven hull, Flight II is adaptable and can be tailored for specific mission payloads as well as command and decision requirements.
Why Flight II?
LPD Flight II is the affordable, capable, adaptable and survivable next generation amphibious ship, a suitable replacement to the Harpers Ferry and Whidbey Island classes of dock landing ships.
Affordable: Flight II offers the opportunity for uncommon affordability in a new class of ships by using the LPD 17 Class as the baseline for LSD replacement ships. Flight II avoids growing pains that accompany the introduction of a new ship design to save costs and shorten time to delivery.
Building on a legacy of proven equipment and systems, Flight II maintains commonality with existing fleet assets to provide added value by capitalizing on existing logistics support, crew training and knowledge base for sailors and marines.
Capable: Based upon the proven LPD 17 platform, Flight II is an adaptable, capable ship ready to perform all aspects of amphibious warfare using landing craft or air assets. It's inherent design margins enable tailoring the platform for a wide range of mission capabilities.
Survivable: Flight II builds on the investment and legacy of survivability designed into the LPD 17 class ships.
LPD Flight II revises the configuration of the LPD 17 Class Ship's proven baseline design to provide adaptable space and weight for a full range of future mission requirements and payloads. Flight II is a cost-effective alternative to a new unproven design.
How is Flight II different than LPD 17?
- Flight II reduces troop capacity from 800 to 500. This reduction leads to the elimination or modification to associated spaces such as habitability, work spaces, stores, etc.
- Medical facilities such as wards and operating rooms are reduced by 50 percent.
- The helicopter hangar and associated aviation workspaces and storage are eliminated.
- The MK 46 30mm gun weapon system is replaced with a MK 38 Mod 2 remote controlled 25mm chain gun providing offensive and defensive ability.
- RCS features on masts, bulwarks and boat stations are eliminated topside and internal CPS zones are reduced from five to one.
- The mission of the ship to serve as an amphibious command and control platform is eliminated and associated equipment is deleted.
- The AN/SPS-48E air search radar is replaced with a TRS-3D which is currently outfitted on the National Security Cutter providing a more suitable sensor for its mission.
- Cooperative engagement is eliminated.
What's the same as LPD 17?
- Hull form and machinery spaces
- Overall ship dimensions.
- Passageway width
- Arrangement of inclined ladders for ease of access
- Co-location of armories with troop berthing
- Overall high quality of life aboard
- Weapons capability
- Flight deck fueling capacity and helicopter control station maintained
Flight II is the one ship that can be made to meet multiple missions:
Amphibious Warfare: Flight II is an affordable, capable, survivable next generation amphibious ship variant of the amphibious transport dock LPD 17; a suitable replacement to perform the amphibious warfare missions of the Harpers Ferry and Whidbey Island classes. Equipped for support of missions requiring deployment of Marines and their equipment from the air and from the sea, Flight II provides communications, logistic and medical support required for sustained operations.
Ballistic Missile Defense: Flight II can be tailored to perform ballistic missile defense missions with the capacity for powerful radars, mission magazines, and command and control systems.
Joint Command and Control: A Command and Control ship, based on the Flight II design can provide an effective and efficient approach to recapitalizing current aging assets. The flexibility and margin inherent in the design coupled with available internal volume provide ample space for fitting out with services required for sustained Joint Command and Control of theater operations.
Humanitarian Operations: Amphibious warships are naturally configured to lead disaster and humanitarian missions. Communications Systems together with Air and Sea Lift assets and stores inherent in the Flight II are available for instant response providing rapid relief and medical services.
Hospital Ship: Flight II retains the necessary medical capability for the amphibious warfare mission. A Hospital Ship built from Flight II benefits from the flexibility and inherent margin which allows the platform to be tailored to provide a full range of services and enhanced medical capabilities.