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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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