On September 17 at Avondale Shipyard U.S. Navy adopted a new helicopter landing ship dock Anchorage (LPD 23) after a two-day test rather short eliminated shortcomings that have become a prerequisite for a two-month delay transmission of ship fleet.
The ship was still in the midst of the sea tests in June, but was found a certain number of defects due to incorrectly installed bolts. According to the schedule should be transferred to the ship was on July 23.
The problem was found inspector Avondale shipyard, which saw incorrectly installed bolts on Somerset ship of the same class, which is terminating under construction. Held later check «Anchorage» also revealed similar difficulties.
«All the work related to verification and substitution bolts completed in late August,» reports Huntington Ingalls Industries — the parent company of Avondale. «Of the 361 recognized applicable bolt 278, 83 modified. Conducted September 12-13, after repair running tests at full power forward and reverse showed the stability of the power plant. The main problems were the prerequisite technological disturbances in the manufacture of bolts at the shipyard Avondale ».
«Anchorage» is the seventh ship of the 11 planned for construction DVKD class «San Antonio» (LPD 17). Ships of this class full displacement 25883 tons are among the largest in the world DVKD, able to carry on board a different aircraft, landing craft, tanks, cars and more than 700 Marines.
«Anchorage» is the penultimate ship built Avondale shipyard near New Orleans. Next year should be transferred DVKD «Somerset» and all of the following ships of this class will be put Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula (Mississippi items).
Date of release of the ship from the shipyard is scheduled for October 24 — just a month from the initial schedule. DVKD «Anchorage» will be based in San Diego and his inauguration ceremony in the fleet will be held in Anchorage, Alaska in the spring of next year.