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SHIP ' S SPONSOR THE HONORABLE HELEN D. BENTLEY The Principal Speaker at Commissioning was the Honorable Helen D. Bentles). United States House of Representatiues. 2nd District. State ofMar iland. Mrs. Bentle ) is a member of several committees including Public Works and Transportation, and Merchant Marine and Fisheries. Prior to her election to congress in 1984. Congresswoman Bentley owned and operated an mternational consulting firm. For more than six ;ears. she served on the Federal Maritime Commission after being appointed to that bodi; bv President Richard M. Nixon. For most of her adult life. Mrs. Bentley has been a journalist and editor, including a twent -four year stint as Maritime Editor on the Baltimore Sun where she simultaneousl covered national labor and transportation fields. She has been a syndicated columnist, public rela- tions counselor, and television documentari producer on maritime subjects. She earned her baccalaureate degree in journalism from the Univer- sity of Missouri. She has also attended the University of Nevada and George Washington University. She holds honorary doctorate degrees from the universities of Maryland. Alaska. Michigan. Portland, and Long Island University. Mrs. Bentley was the Sponsor during FORT McHENRY ' s christening and launching ceremony on February 1. 1986. 10
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SHIP ' S MISSION United States Ship FORT McHENRY (LSD-43) is the third ship of the LSD-41 (WHIDBEY ISLAND) class and the second ship of which to serve in the Pacific Fleet. FORT McHENRY ' s mission is to transport United States Marines with their combat equipment to designat- ed areas around the world, and then to launch and support assault landing craft and helicopters during amphibious operations against hostile shores. FOR McHENRY carries the new Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC). The LCAC is an assault hovercraft with the abiliti; to exceed 40 knots while carr ;ing a 60 ton payload. Using this new craft. FORT McHENRY forces are able to carr ; out an amphibious assault against a wider range of beaches. FORT McHENRY accomplishes her mission through the use of a well deck which is flooded to embark and launch assault craft. After leaving the ship, the assault craft are directed towards the shore by the ship ' s Combat Information Center. To provide continuing support to the assault force. FOR McHENRY is equipped with the Nav] ' s latest advanced technology! including updated communication and combat si;stems. 20ton and 60-ton cranes, expanded repair facilities, two helicopter landing areas, complete medical and dental facilities, and an automated computer based supply s];stem. 11
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