The America Class Amphibious Assault Ship is designed specifically to meet future Navy/Marine Corps requirements, to be able to support the expanded capability of 21st century expeditionary strike platforms, such as the MV-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft and the F-35B short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) airplanes. These ships are able to operate as flagships for expeditionary strike groups. They are optimized for aviation operations and does not contain a well deck for surface interface operations.