Amphibious warships such as the America-Class LHA and San Antonio-Class LPD form the backbone of the Navy-Marine Corps team. Together with their Sailors and embarked Marines, the ships can perform a wide variety of missions from air strikes on hostile forces to providing humanitarian relief. Ingalls Shipbuilding is proud to provide these ships to the Navy, and our shipbuilders, some who served aboard these ships, share why they believe amphibious warships are the best in the fleet.
When the Navy called, Azalea McSwain answered. The Ingalls Shipbuilding rigger served aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) alongside her fellow Sailors and Marines. She brought the ship’s motto, “One Team, One Fight” with her when she joined Ingalls, and encourages her co-workers to take pride in what they do. “We know that someday, somebody is going to call the ships we build home.”
Steve Sloan, LPD program manager, served 18 and a half years at sea in the United States Navy. He says the only thing better than serving aboard a ship at sea is building them. Steve’s experience serving with the USS Wasp (LHD 1) Strike Group and building amphibious warships for Ingalls provides him with a unique perspective on the importance of the amphibious fleet.
Shane Scara, a Communications editor at Ingalls Shipbuilding, joined the Marine Corps at 19. A third-generation shipbuilder, Shane and his brothers served aboard ships built at Ingalls that their father helped construct; something he said he was proud to share with his fellow marines aboard USS Saipan (LHA 2).