Marines Eyeing New ‘LXX’ Concept

The first LPD Flight II amphibious warship is still in the early stages of construction, but the Marine Corps is already eyeing a more lethal replacement for the ship.

The Navy-Marine Corps team was meant to get a big boost in capability when the services decided that a slightly modified San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock (LPD-17) would replace the aging Whidbey Island-class dock landing ships (LSD-41/49) – the LPDs have much greater command and control capability, a sophisticated medical ward and significant internal space for vehicle maintenance and other needs.

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