Well, here’s a bit of good news. As reported by the Defense Industry Daily website (1), the Navy is performing mid-life extensions on the LSD-41/49 class amphibious ships and, in fact, has been doing so for several years. These ships were commissioned between 1985-1998 and, with the extension, will serve until 2038. Two ships per year are being upgraded with all modernizations scheduled to be completed by 2014.
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Let’s be fair and congratulate the Navy on a wise decision to extend the LSDs.
(1) Defense Industry Daily, http://navy-matters.blogspot.com/2012/06/ship-construction-and-naval-armor.html,