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Ingalls will christen amphibious transport dock Portland

Ingalls Shipbuilding will formally christen LPD 27 — the Portland — during ceremonies set for Saturday at the Pascagoula shipyard.

The Mississippi Press reports LPD 27 is the 11th amphibious transport dock built by Ingalls and is the third ship to carry the name Portland.

The first USS Portland was the lead ship of a new class of heavy cruisers. Launched in 1932, it was named after the city of Portland, Maine, and saw battle during World War II.

The second USS Portland, an amphibious landing ship commissioned in 1970, was named after both Portland, Maine and Oregon. She completed 14 deployments to the Caribbean, Mediterranean and North Atlantic.

The newest Portland is named for the Oregon city.

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