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America class LHA
« on: March 10, 2017, 04:04:48 PM »
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The America class is the US Navy's latest amphibious assault ship. This class of warships is intended to support US Marines during amphibious landing operations against defended positions ashore. America class ships can operate as flagships for expeditionary strike groups. Vessels can also perform sea control operations, using onboard strike fighter aircraft, or serve as small aircraft carriers.

   The USS America is the first ship of the class. It was launched in 2012 and commissioned with the US Navy in 2014. A contract for construction of the second ship, USS Tripoli, was awarded in 2012. Nine more ships of this class are planned. At least three ships are planned to be built in the near future. The America class will eventually replace the ageing Tarawa class.

   The design of the America class is based on that of the USS Makin Island, which is the last ship of the Wasp class. Currently the America class ships are the largest amphibious assault vessels ever built. These are larger than most aircraft carriers.

   The America class has more deck space than the previous ships of this kind. It has been specially optimized for the new MV-22 Osprey tilt rotor transport and F-35B VTOL strike fighter. Vessel has enlarged hangar facilities to house more aircraft below decks. This amphibious assault ship has two elevators.


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Re: America class LHA
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2017, 04:07:04 PM »
Underway on USS America | usni.org - August 17, 2016
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ABOARD USS AMERICA — The new amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) has raised more than a few questions in its short life, with sailors and Marines alike wondering what it will mean to have an amphibious ship without a well deck and therefore without the ability to deploy landing craft to move heavy tanks and equipment ashore.

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America was built to move a lot of people and cargo by helicopter very quickly, with enhanced maintenance facilities to support quick turnaround of aircraft and a 40-percent bigger hangar to store more and bigger aircraft.

“This ship’s about speed and maneuver,” Baze said, adding the ship is fulfilling that role very well. But it will never be a ship that moves tanks and heavy logistics trucks, which forces the Marines to decide if they want to load their heaviest gear on a smaller ship in the Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) or leave it at home.

The Navy will only build two LHAs without a well deck, inserting a smaller two-spot well deck into LHA-8 at the expense of some aviation and medical space. But with amphibious forces in high demand and the ship count still far below the Marines’ stated requirement of 38, the service’s ability to best leverage America will be important going forward.

The amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) conducts flight operations while underway to Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016. US Navy photo.

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Re: USS America LHA 6 takes out drone
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2017, 06:47:55 PM »
USS America LHA 6 takes out drone with Raytheon RAM missile during exercise | navy recognition - 11 April 2017
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The amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) completed a live-fire exercise by destroying a drone utilizing the ship self-defense Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) system, April 6. The live-fire exercise was part of an Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Integration (PMINT) Training Exercise in preparation for America's upcoming maiden deployment with the America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG).

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According to Mirsky, the unmanned drone was put in place to simulate a missile being fired at the ship in order to test the ship's defense capabilities.

A rolling airframe missile (RAM) launches from USS America (LHA 6) during a live-fire missile exercise, April 6. (U.S. Navy/MCSN Chad Swysgood)

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Re: America class LHA
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2018, 08:26:46 PM »
LHA 6 testing proves ability to move marines ashore as needed, USN says | Janes - 23 February 2018
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During initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) exercises held in December 2017, America proved it can move “marines ashore in an adequate timeline to meet power projection requirements”, according to a final report on the drills issued by Commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Force in January, the US Navy (USN) told Jane’s in a statement.

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Re: America class LHA
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2019, 01:36:11 AM »

Five F-35Bs shown here on deck and taking off from the USS America during F-35B Development Test III (DT-III) (Picture source : Lockheed Martin) via airrecognition.com

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Re: America class LHA
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2019, 11:52:36 PM »
https://www.shephardmedia.com/news/mil-log/keel-authenticated-lha-8/

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Keel authenticated for LHA 8
20th March 2019 - 13:30 GMT

The future USS Bougainville is the first Flight I ship of the America-class with a reincorporated well deck to increase operational flexibility while maximising the aviation capability inherent on the Flight 0 ships, America and Tripoli.
The America class accommodates the Marine Corps' Air Combat Element including the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter and MV-22 Osprey.

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Re: America class LHA
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2019, 02:31:07 PM »
https://www.janes.com/article/88154/uss-america-forward-deploys-to-japan-as-usmc-faces-f-35b-parts-issues

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USS America forward deploys to Japan as USMC faces F-35B parts issues
29 April 2019

The amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) is slated to join US Navy (USN) 7th Fleet forward-deployed naval forces (FDNF) in Sasebo, Japan, to replace the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), which will head to Norfolk, Virginia, to undergo scheduled maintenance, USN officials confirmed.

America is one of the USN's few aviation-centric amphibious assault ships, trading off well-deck space for more aircraft capability. Like Wasp , USN officials say, America will also deploy with Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters, which, the US Marine Corps (USMC) says, will anchor future USMC air operations.

However, the USMC has faced parts and associated readiness challenges with F-35Bs for its forward-deployed operations, according to the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, 'F-35 Aircraft Sustainment, DOD [Defense Department] Needs to Address Substantial Supply Chain Challenges', released on 25 April.


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Re: America class LHA
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2019, 05:40:03 AM »
U.S. Navy Amphibious Assault Ship Set Sail with 13 Stealth Fighters | Navy Recognition - 21 October 2019 12:20
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As an earlier proof of concept, USS Wasp in March 2019 deployed to the Pacific region with no fewer than 10 F-35Bs aboard. America in May 2019 forward-deployed to Japan, freeing up Wasp to return to the United States for maintenance.

By comparison, Navy assault ship usually embarks just six F-35s or older AV-8B Harrier jump jets plus dozens of helicopters. The vessels can increase their fixed-wing component by reducing the number of helicopters. At a minimum, an assault ship needs just a pair of H-60 helicopters for search and rescue.

A Lightning carrier would embark between 16 and 20 F-35s, compared to the roughly 40 strike fighters that a supercarrier normally carries. An assault ship in the light-carrier role should be able to sustain 40 sorties per day, the Marines estimated. A new Ford-class supercarrier, by contrast, is supposed to be able to sustain 160 sorties per day.


U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS America (Picture source: U.S. Navy)

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