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061023-N-0857S-003 New Orleans, La (Oct. 23, 2006) - The Pre-Commissioning Unit New Orleans (LPD 18) transits past the city of New Orleans on the Mississippi River. The amphibious transport dock was heading to the Gulf of Mexico to conduct builder?s trials. New Orleans is being built in Avondale, Louisiana, and is scheduled to be commissioned in March of 2007. U.S. Navy photo by Mr. Sam Shore (RELEASED)