September 20, 2001
Allied Systems Company Supplying “Stealth” Cranes for US Navy LPD-17 Amphibious Assault Vessel Program
(Portland, OR) — Allied Systems Company of Sherwood, Oregon is currently performing the first article testing of a “reduced radar signature” hydraulic crane to be installed on the first of the US Navy’s newest vessel class. The Landing Platform Dock 17, San Antonio class, is the latest class of amphibious force ships that will transport marines with helicopters and air-cushioned landing craft to trouble spots around the world. The first ship, the USS San Antonio (LPD-17) is currently under construction at Litton-Avondale Industries in New Orleans, LA.
Allied is currently under contract to supply four of the 22,000 lb. rated, 65 ft. knuckleboom cranes to Litton-Avondale and Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME. It is anticipated that all of the 12 planned vessels will be built, with Allied supplying the reduced radar signature Boat & Cargo cranes for all hulls.
Allied is a specialized designer and manufacturer of heavy lift equipment, including marine-duty cranes, and has recently supplied cranes for the US Coast Guard’s newest Polar Icebreaker, the Healy. In addition, they have supplied numerous boat davits and cranes for both the US and Canadian Navy and Coast Guard, Military Sealift Command, as well as a variety of nuclear facilities and oil and gas installations.
Click on the thumbnails below to see pictures of the K80-65 crane.
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