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America Class Amphibious Assault Ship

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.
America Class Amphibious Assault Ship Copyright © Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan Riley, U.S. Navy

Status

In active service

Contractors

Builder: Huntington Ingalls Industries
Primary contractor: Bell Helicopter Company

Complement

102 Officers
1102 Enlisted Personnel

Capacity

Troops
1 687 troops (plus 184 surge)
Typical configuration
10 x F-35B Lightning II
12 x MV-22 Osprey
4 x Sikorsky H-53
4 x Sikorsky H-60
8 x AH-1Z Viper
- OR -
F-35B carrier configuration
22 x F-35B Lightning II
4 x Sikorsky H-60
4 other helicopters

Characteristics

Dimensions
Length: 257.25 meters 844 feet
Beam: 32.31 meters 106 feet
Weight
Displacement: ~45 690 metric tons 44 971 long tons
Features
Propulsion: two LM2500+ marine gas turbines, two shafts
Performance: 70 000 brake horsepower
Speed: 22+ knots (40+ kilometers per hour) (25+ miles per hour)

Ship list

Hull number Ship name Commissioned Decommissioned Status
LHA 6 USS America 2014-10-11 - In active service
LHA 7 PCU Tripoli - - Under construction
LHA 8 PCU Bougainville - - Under construction