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The Navy’s newest amphibious transport dock ship, the future USS Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28), began her maiden voyage as the ship departed from Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss., July 11, en route to her commissioning site in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. and homeport in Norfolk, Va.
"With a crew of over 360 Sailors, Fort Lauderdale is the first ship for over 240 of them and for many, this will be their first time at sea,” Quaresimo said. “It is exciting to watch the team come together and operate our ship at sea for the very first time.”