Amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6)

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Classification

Type:
type: Amphibious assault ship

Basic information

Namesake:
United States
Country of build:
Builder:
builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding
Operator:
Laid down:
Launched:
Commissioned:
Status:

Ship measurements

Displacement:
45693 t
Length:
257 m
Beam (overall):
32 m
Draught:
7.9 m

Machine

Propulsion:
  • 2 * marine gas turbines, 70,000 bhp (52,000 kW)
  • 2 * 5,000 hp (3,700 kW) auxiliary propulsion motors
  • 2 * shafts
Speed:
22 knots

Crew

Complement:
1059

Combat assets

Troops:
1687
Electronics:
  • AN/SPQ-9B surface search & fire control radar
  • AN/SPS-48E(V)10 3-D airsearch radar
  • AN/SPS-49(V)1 2-D airsearch radar
  • AN/SPM-43C air traffic control radar
  • Ship Self-Defense System (SSDS) Mod 4
  • Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC)
  • AN/SLQ-32B(V)2 Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program Block 1
  • 2 * Mk53 NULKA decoy launchers
Armament:
  • 2 * Rolling Airframe Missile launchers
  • 2 * Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile launchers
  • 2 * 20 mm Phalanx CIWS mounts
  • 2 * 25mm M242 Bushmaster Machine Gun System
  • 7 * twin .50 BMG machine guns
Aircraft:
  • AV-8B Harrier II
  • MV-22B Osprey
  • F-35B Lightning II
  • CH-53K Super Stallion
  • UH-1Y Venom
  • AH-1Z Viper
  • MH-60S Knighthawk

USS America (LHA-6), the fourth U.S. warship to be named for the colloquial moniker of the United States of America, is the first of the America-class amphibious assault ships for the U.S. Navy. She was delivered in spring of 2014, replacing Peleliu of the Tarawa class. Her mission is to act as the flagship of an expeditionary strike group or amphibious ready group, carrying part of a Marine expeditionary unit into battle and putting them ashore with helicopters and V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, supported by F-35B Lightning II aircraft and helicopter gunships.

The ship's design is based on USS Makin Island, but to allow more room for aviation facilities she does not have a well deck, and has smaller medical spaces. With a displacement of 45,000 tons, she is as large as the aircraft carriers of many other countries' navies, and can fulfill similar missions when configured with 20 F-35B strike fighters.

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