The LHA at Sea

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 2, 2010) Sailors prepare aircraft for flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5). Peleliu is on a scheduled deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell/Released)Equipped with two marine gas turbines providing  70,000 horsepower, the 844-foot America-class LHA is capable of reaching more than 20 knots at sea. The largest of all amphibious warfare ships, she is capable of supporting Marine aircraft and providing a superb means of ship-to-shore movement.

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America-class ships will facilitate forward presence and power projection as an integral part of joint, interagency, and multinational maritime expeditionary forces, supporting the Marine Corps tenets of Operational Maneuver From the Sea (OMFTS) and Ship to Objective Maneuver (STOM). As an amphibious ship, her mission includes embarking, transporting, controlling, inserting, sustaining and extracting elements of a marine air-ground task force, and support forces by helicopters and tilt-rotor aircraft.
America also marks the first of the Navy’s newest class of amphibious assault ships replacing theTarawa class. It is considered to be the next generation “big-deck” amphibious ship. At sea, the new ship will be more capable to support current and future aircraft, including the MV-22B Osprey, F-35B Lightning II and the CH-53K Super Stallion.

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Ingalls Shipbuilding Awarded $2.38 Billion Contract for Detail Design and Construction of LHA 7

lha7hThe U.S. Navy awards Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) a $2.38 billion fixed-price-incentive contract for the detail design and construction of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship Tripoli (LHA 7). The ship will be built at the company’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division.

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