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Ingalls-built Amphibious Assault Ship ‘America’ sails away Thursday

Amphibious Assault Ship ‘America’

Amphibious Assault Ship ‘America’

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.


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