USS Portland name for new US Navy ship

A rendering of the USS Portland, set for completion in 2017 (Courtesy photo, April 12, 2013)
A rendering of the USS Portland, set for completion in 2017 (Courtesy photo, April 12, 2013)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The next amphibious transport dock ship built by the US Navy will be called the USS Portland.

Sen. Ron Wyden made the announcement Friday.

When it’s completed in 2017, the ship will transport and land Marines in support of amphibious assault, special ops or expeditionary warfare missions. Different types of aircraft, including conventional landers and vertical take-offs, will be able to use the USS Portland.

Construction began in 2011 on the ship, which will be 684 feet long with a beam length of 105 feet.

“I want to thank Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus for naming a ship for Oregon’s largest city,” Wyden said in a statement released Friday. “It is an honor for the City of Portland and for all Oregonians.”

The Landing Dock Platform ships are all named for major American cities. The USS Portland will be the only ship in the current fleet named for an Oregon location.

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