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America-class Amphibious Assault Ship

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USS America (LHA-6) conducts flight operations off the coast of Southern California (USA) during the ship's recertification of the flight deck after completing a 10-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) on May 18th, 2016.

The 'America'-class amphibious assault ships (formerly the LHA(R) class) of the U.S. Navy was designed to put ashore a Marine Expeditionary Unit using helicopters and MV-22B Osprey V/STOLs, supported by AV-8B Harrier or F-35B Lightning II V/STOL fighter planes and various attack helicopters. The first of these warships should be delivered to the U.S. Navy in 2013 to replace the USS Peleliu (LHA-5) of the Tarawa-class amphibious assault ships. The design of the America-class was based on that of the USS Makin Island (LHD-8), the last ship of the Wasp-class, but the "Flight 0" ships of the America-class will not have well decks, and they have smaller on-board hospitals in order to give more space for aviation uses. Although they only carry helicopters and V/STOL aircraft, the USS America with a displacement of about 45,000 long tons is similar in size to the fixed wing aircraft carriers of France and India.

The America can be used as a small aircraft carrier with a squadron of jet fighters plus several multipurpose helicopters, such as the SH-60 Seahawk. She can carry about twenty AV-8B Harriers, F-35Bs, or a mixture of the two, but the future ships of this class, starting with USS Bougainville (LHA-08) will have smaller aircraft hangars to leave room for smaller than usual amphibious warfare well decks.


  • Type: Amphibious Assault Ship
  • Service Period: 2014-
  • Characteristics
    • Length: 844 feet (257.25 meters)
    • Beam: 106 feet (32.31 meters)
    • Draft: 26 feet (7.93 meters)
    • Displacement: 45,000 long tons full load
  • Complement: 1,687 marines (+ 184 during surges)
  • Crew: 1,059 (65 officers and 994 enlisted
  • Propulsion:
    • 2 x General Electric LM2500+ gas turbines, 70,000 shp (52 MW)
    • 2 x auxiliary propulsion engines, 10,000 hp (7,500 kW)
    • 6 x diesel generators (24,000 kW)
  • Range:
  • Speed: 22 knots
  • Sensor Suite:
    • AN/SPS-48G E/F-Band 3D Air Search Radar - replaced by EASR from LHA-8 onwards
    • AN/SPQ-9B I-Band Fire Control Radar
  • Countermeasures
    • AN/SLQ-32B(V)2 Electronic Warfare Suite
    • Mk.53 Nulka decoy launchers x 2
  • Armament:
    • 2 x 20mm Vulcan Phalanx CIWS
    • 2 x Mk.29 ESSM Launchers
    • 2 x Mk.49 Rolling Airframe Missile Launchers
  • Aircraft Supported: UH-1Y Venom, AH-1Z Viper, AV-8B Harrier II, CMV-22B Osprey, F-35B Lightning II, CH-53E Super Stallion, CH-53K King Stallion, MH-60R/S Seahawk, CA-200M Sea Scorpion

Unit Run[edit]

Flight 0[edit]

  • USS America (LHA-06)
  • USS Tripoli (LHA-07)

Flight 1[edit]

  • USS Bougainville (LHA-08)
  • USS Unnamed (LHA-09)
  • USS Unnamed (LHA-10)
  • USS Unnamed (LHA-11)
  • USS Unnamed (LHA-12)
  • USS Unnamed (LHA-13)
  • USS Unnamed (LHA-14)
  • USS Unnamed (LHA-15)
  • USS Unnamed (LHA-16)
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