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USS America (LHA 6) amphibious assault ship set sail for Builder's Trials.


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Naval Forces News - USA
 
 
 
USS America (LHA 6) amphibious assault ship set sail for Builder's Trials
 
The newest amphibious assault ship America (LHA 6) set sail this morning for builder's trials. The ship was christened Oct. 20 2012 at a ceremony in Pascagoula, Miss. The 844-foot ship will be a flexible, multi-mission platform necessary to quickly respond to incidents worldwide and provide forward presence and project power as part of joint, interagency, and multinational maritime expeditionary forces.

America also marks the first of the Navy's newest class of amphibious assault ships replacing the Tawara class. It is considered to be the next generation "big-deck" amphibious ship. The new ship will be more capable to support current and future aircraft such as the tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey and Joint Strike Fighter.
     
The newest amphibious assault ship America (LHA 6) was christened Oct. 20 2012 at a ceremony in Pascagoula, Miss. The 844-foot ship will be a flexible, multi-mission platform necessary to quickly respond to incidents worldwide and provide forward presence and project power as part of joint, interagency, and multinational maritime expeditionary forces.
USS America (LHA 6) amphibious assault ship, first ship of the class, set sail for Builder's Trials
Picture: by Lance Davis / HII

     
As an amphibious ship, its mission will include embarking, transporting, controlling, inserting, sustaining and extracting elements of a marine air-ground task force, and support forces by helicopters and tilt-rotor aircraft.

This is the fourth ship in Navy history to be named America. The first was a 74-gun ship-of-of-the-line that was used by the Continental Navy that was then presented to the king of France as a gift in appreciation for his country's support to the new nation. The preceding America was a Kitty-Hawk class aircraft carrier that played key roles between the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm.

Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss., laid the keel in July 2009. The USS America will be homeported in San Diego.
 
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