Amphibious assault ship completes sea trial

Published 11:15 pm Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The USS Makin Island, an amphibious assault ship, recently completed its Navy acceptance sea trial in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Northrop Grumman vessel is eighth Wasp-class amphibious assault ship being built by Northrop at its Pascagoula facility. It is designed to transport Marines.

Makin Island is the first large deck amphibious assault ship to use a gas turbine, electric-powered propulsion system.

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In December, officials reported the ship performed well during five days of builder’s trials.

The Makin Island is scheduled for an October commissioning at its San Diego homeport.