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Model Name: USS SAN ANTONIO (LPD-17)

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History:
USS San Antonio (LPD-17), the lead ship of her class of amphibious transport dock or landing platform dock, is the first ship of the United States Navy to be named for the city of San Antonio, Texas. The ship is designed to deliver up to 800 Marines ashore by landing craft and helicopters.

USS San Antonio was designated as the flagship of Combined Task Force 151, the multi-national anti-piracy naval force off Somalia. The ship would serve as an afloat forward staging base (AFSB) for the following force elements:

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14-member U.S. Navy visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team.
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8-member U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) 405.
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Scout Sniper Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 26th Marine Expeditionary    Unit (26 MEU) cross-decked from the USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7).
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3rd platoon of the 26 MEU 'Golf' Infantry Company, a military police detachment, and intelligence personnel.
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Fleet Surgical Team 8 with level-two surgical capability to deal with trauma, surgical, critical care and medical evacuation needs.
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Approximately 75 Marines with six AH-1W Super Cobra and two UH-1N Huey helicopters from the Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 264 (HMM-264) of the 26th MEU cross-decked from the USS Iwo Jima.
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Three HH-60H helicopters from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 3 (HS-3) cross-decked from USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71).
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During its time off Africa, the crew boarded 20 foreign vessels. The crew discovered hidden explosives on one of the vessels. The ship returned to Norfolk on 27 March 2009.
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