Special to the MBJ
The newly completed amphibious assault ship America (LHA 6) will sail away from Ingalls Shipbuilding at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, destined for the West Coast and its Oct. 11 commissioning ceremony in San Francisco.
Sailors will “man the rails” in their Navy whites when the ship departs.
LHA 6 is the first ship in the U.S. Navy’s new America class of amphibious assault ships. It is 844 feet long and 106 feet wide and displaces 44,971 long tons. Its fuel-efficient gas turbine propulsion system can drive the ship in excess of 20 knots. It can accommodate 1,204 crew (102 officers) and 1,871 troops. America is capable of carrying a Marine Expeditionary Unit, including Marine helicopters, MV-22 Osprey VTOL tiltrotor aircraft and F-35B Joint Strike Fighters STOVL aircraft.
Huntington Ingalls Industries designs, builds and manages the ship’s life-cycle.