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USS SAN DIEGO
LPD-22

USS San Diego (LPD-22) is a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock of the United States Navy that costs about 1.6 billion dollars to build.  The ship can deliver a fully equipped Marine battalion of 699 officers and enlisted men.

San Diego's keel was laid down on 23 May 2007, at Northrop Grumman's Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. She was launched on 7 May 2010, and christened on 12 June, sponsored by Linda Winter, wife of former Navy Secretary Donald C. Winter.

The San Diego integrates the latest in shipbuilding and naval warfare technologies to support current and future U.S. Marine Corps warplanes, and both air cushion landing craft or conventional landing craft.
The San Diego, as well as other San Antonio ships, is the most survivable amphibious ships ever put to sea. Their design incorporates state-of-the-art self-defense capabilities; and includes facilities for command and control, communications, computers, and intelligence. Reduced operational costs and an improved capability to incorporate technological advances over their estimated 40-year service lives are also essential design objectives. The Advanced Enclosed Mast/Sensors, which enclose the ship's radars and communications antennas, characterize the ship's distinctive profile.  

The San Antonio class was largely designed with the metric system, specifying millimeters and meters for linear dimensions. This is the first major U.S. Navy ship class to be built this way.
The USS San Diego can carry Landing Craft, Air Cushioned (LCACs), the Shipboard Wide Area Network with over 762 fiber optic drops, Total Ship's Training System, Integrated Bridge System, Engineering Control System, and Damage Control System all serve to ensure that sailors and Marines will be able to fully perform their expeditionary warfare missions. The ship also incorporate the latest quality of life standards for the embarked Marines and sailors, including the sit-up berth, ship services mall, and Learning Resource Center/Electronic Classroom with the flexibility to accommodate sailors and Marines of both sexes as part of the crew and embarked troops.



This 48" long model  was ordered by the former Navy Secretary Donald C. Winter as a Christmas present to his wife in 2012.  This was the fourth model Mr. Donald C. Winter  purchased form Model Ship Master.   The first two models were the
Atlanta-class light cruiser class USS San Diego CL-53 and a Mars oiler class USS San Diego (AFS-6) which served as a ceremony gifts to the crew of the LPD-22 in May 2012.  The third one was the USS San Diego CA-6 made a couple months  later also for permanent display on the LPD-22.