The first U.S. Navy ship named in honor of Richard Miles McCool Jr. (4 January 1922–5 March 2008), who received the Medal of Honor for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty” as commanding officer of infantry landing support craft LCS(L)(3)-122 during the Battle of Okinawa (10–11 June 1945). For additional information see: McCOOL, RICHARD MILES [https://history.army.mil/html/moh/wwII-m-s.html] at the United States Army’s Center of Military History.
(LPD-29: displacement 25,883, length 684'; beam 105'; draft 23'; speed 22+ knots; complement 396; troop capacity 720 (surge capacity 800); armament 2 30 millimeter (Bushmaster II), 2 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) launchers, 10 .50 caliber machine guns; aircraft, can launch or land 2 CH-53E Super Stallion or 2 MV-22 Osprey or up to 4 CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters or AH-1 or UH-1 helicopters; landing/attack craft 2 air cushion landing craft (LCAC) or 1 utility landing craft (LCU); 14 expeditionary fighting vehicles/amphibious assault vehicles; class San Antonio)
The Navy awarded the detail design and construction contract for LPD-29 to Huntington Ingalls Industries on 16 February 2018; and Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced the selection of the name Richard M. McCool Jr. for her on 2 May 2018. The company began fabricating the ship on 30 July 2018, at its shipyard at Pascagoula, Miss.
Detailed history pending.
Mark L. Evans
1 August 2018