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Eighth LSD Class Ship
Commissioned At Avondale
The USS Ashland (LSD-48), the
Navy' eighth ship of the Whidbey
Island (LSD-41) Class, was re- cently commissioned at Avondale
Industries, Inc., Shipyards Divi- sion, Avondale, La.
The principle commissioning address was delivered by Rear
Adm. John B. LaPlante, Vice
Director for Logistics on the Joint
Staff. Other speakers at the cer- emony included Rear Adm.
Millard S. Firebaugh, Deputy
Commander for Ship Design and
Engineering, NAVSEA; Rear
Adm. Andrew M. Granuzzo,
Commander, Amphibious Group
Two; and Edmund C. Mortimer,
Avondale Industries vice presi- dent and manager of the Ship- yards Division.
The USS Ashland is the fifth of the LSD-41 Class Dock Landing
Ships delivered to the Navy by Avon- dale Shipyards of New Orleans. The first ships of the new class, the LSD
Cargo Variant (CV), are currently under construction at Avondale.
Ashland takes its name from the
Kentucky home of Henry Clay and is the second ship in the U.S. Navy to bear this name. She will be homeported in Little Creek, Va.
In other company news, Avondale was recently recognized as one of the safest shipyards in the U.S. Avondale has been awarded, for the second con- secutive term, the OSHA Star Award, and is the only shipyard in the coun- try that is involved in the OSHA's
Voluntary Protection Program.
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The USS Ashland (LSD-48) in the Gulf of Mexico, following her commissioning at Avondale Industries.
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