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Politics We took a tour of the USS Arlington, the US Navy's amphibious warship that takes Marines ashore

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The Navy showed off the Arlington during Fleet Week in New York City.

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One of the warships that the US Navy showed off at Fleet Week in New York City in May was the USS Arlington, a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship.

And I got a chance to go aboard.

Amphibious transport dock ships (LPDs) "are used to transport and land Marines, their equipment and supplies by embarked Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) or conventional landing craft and amphibious assault vehicles (AAV) augmented by helicopters or vertical take-off and landing aircraft (MV 22)," according to the US Navy.

The US Navy also displayed an AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter and a UH-1Y Venom helicopter on the Arlington's flight deck.

Check it out below:

Built by Northrop Grumman, the USS Arlington was commissioned in 2013.

Built by Northrop Grumman, the USS Arlington was commissioned in 2013. play

Built by Northrop Grumman, the USS Arlington was commissioned in 2013.

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Northrop Grumman is one of the largest defense contractors and political donors in the US.

Source: US Navy



It's about 684 feet long, 105 feet wide and has a maximum displacement of 25,883 tons.

It's about 684 feet long, 105 feet wide and has a maximum displacement of 25,883 tons. play

It's about 684 feet long, 105 feet wide and has a maximum displacement of 25,883 tons.

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Source: US Navy



Powered by four Colt-Pielstick diesel engines, San Antonio-class ships have a maximum speed of 24.2 miles per hour.

Powered by four Colt-Pielstick diesel engines, San Antonio-class ships have a maximum speed of 24.2 miles per hour. play

Powered by four Colt-Pielstick diesel engines, San Antonio-class ships have a maximum speed of 24.2 miles per hour.

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Source: US Navy



Now, let's go aboard.

Now, let's go aboard. play

Now, let's go aboard.

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Upon entering, the well deck is to the left, which is where the ship transports marines and vehicles, such as the amphibious assault vehicle in the middle, ashore.

Upon entering, the well deck is to the left, which is where the ship transports marines and vehicles, such as the amphibious assault vehicle in the middle, ashore. play

Upon entering, the well deck is to the left, which is where the ship transports marines and vehicles, such as the amphibious assault vehicle in the middle, ashore.

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This is a landing craft air cushion, which brings vehicles and marines ashore. The Arlington can hold two LCACs in the well bay, or one landing craft utility ship.

This is a landing craft air cushion, which brings vehicles and marines ashore. The Arlington can hold two LCACs in the well bay, or one landing craft utility ship. play

This is a landing craft air cushion, which brings vehicles and marines ashore. The Arlington can hold two LCACs in the well bay, or one landing craft utility ship.

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The LCAC is basically a hovercraft, which inflates before taking vehicles and marines ashore.

The LCAC is basically a hovercraft, which inflates before taking vehicles and marines ashore. play

The LCAC is basically a hovercraft, which inflates before taking vehicles and marines ashore.

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But, obviously, this door has to drop before the LCACs or LCUs can disembark.

But, obviously, this door has to drop before the LCACs or LCUs can disembark. play

But, obviously, this door has to drop before the LCACs or LCUs can disembark.

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Like this...

An LCAC enters the Arlington's well deck. play

An LCAC enters the Arlington's well deck.

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Or this...

An LCU enters the Arlington's well deck. play

An LCU enters the Arlington's well deck.

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But in shallower waters, the AAVs can drive off themselves.

An amphibious assault vehicle enters the Arlington's well deck. play

An amphibious assault vehicle enters the Arlington's well deck.

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And here's a shot of the well deck from the storage area above.

And here's a shot of the well deck from the storage area above. play

And here's a shot of the well deck from the storage area above.

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To the right of the entrance, there's even more storage areas for vehicles.

To the right of the entrance, there's even more storage areas for vehicles. play

To the right of the entrance, there's even more storage areas for vehicles.

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And even a lower storage area.

And even a lower storage area. play

And even a lower storage area.

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There's a also a general store for the crew of nearly 400.

There's a also a general store for the crew of nearly 400. play

There's a also a general store for the crew of nearly 400.

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Source: US Navy



Now, let's go out to the flight deck.

Now, let's go out to the flight deck. play

Now, let's go out to the flight deck.

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Here's a wide shot of the flight deck at the pier in Manhattan.

Here's a wide shot of the flight deck at the pier in Manhattan. play

Here's a wide shot of the flight deck at the pier in Manhattan.

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The flight deck can hold two CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters or two MV-22 Ospreys or up to four CH-46 Sea Knights or SH-60 Seahawks.

The flight deck can hold two CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters or two MV-22 Ospreys or up to four CH-46 Sea Knights or SH-60 Seahawks. play

The flight deck can hold two CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters or two MV-22 Ospreys or up to four CH-46 Sea Knights or SH-60 Seahawks.

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The Navy also had an AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter onboard.

The Navy also had an AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter onboard. play

The Navy also had an AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter onboard.

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The Cobra is akin to the US Army's Apache attack helicopter.

You can read more about the Cobra here.



And a UH-1Y Venom helicopter.

And a UH-1Y Venom helicopter. play

And a UH-1Y Venom helicopter.

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You can read more about the Venom here.



San Antonio-class LPDs are also rather heavily armed with two rolling airframe missile launchers (one of which is in the top left), two Mk 46 30 mm guns and 10 .50 caliber machines guns.

San Antonio-class LPDs are also rather heavily armed with two rolling airframe missile launchers (one of which is in the top left), two Mk 46 30 mm guns and 10 .50 caliber machines guns. play

San Antonio-class LPDs are also rather heavily armed with two rolling airframe missile launchers (one of which is in the top left), two Mk 46 30 mm guns and 10 .50 caliber machines guns.

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Source: US Navy



And here's a shot of the tower from the back of the flight deck. Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to go up, marking the end of the tour.

And here's a shot of the tower from the back of the flight deck. Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to go up, marking the end of the tour. play

And here's a shot of the tower from the back of the flight deck. Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to go up, marking the end of the tour.

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