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America (LHA-6)


America Class LHA(R) Amphibious Assault Ship:
  • Laid down, 17 July 2009, at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp. Pascagoula, MS.
  • Launched, 3 June 2012
  • Scheduled Commissioning date, 11 October 2014, at San Francisco, homeport will be Naval Station San Diego.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 44,971 long t.(lt), 50,000 long t.(fl)
    Length 844'
    Beam 106'
    Speed 22+ kts.
    Endurance 9,500 miles
    Medical Capability
    2 operating rooms
    24 bed ward
    Flight Deck
    nine CH-53K spots
    Elevators1 Port, 1 Starboard
    Vehicle Square 19,112 ft2
    Cargo/Ammo Cube 145,963 ft3
    Aviation Fuel (JP-5) 1,300,000 gal / or 1.6 M gallons
    Aircraft, Standard Configuration:
    Ten F-35B Joint Strike Fighters (JSF) STOVL aircraft
    Twelve MV-22 Osprey VTOL tiltrotors
    Four CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopters
    Eight AH-1Z Super Cobra helicopters
    four MH-60S Seahawk helicopters
    Complement
    65 - 100 officers
    994 - 1,000 enlisted
    Load:
    1,687 troops, plus 184 surge
    Marine Detachment: 1,800
    Armament
    Two Mk-29 NATO Evolved Sea Sparrow launchers
    Tow MK49 Rolling Airframe Missile [RAM]
    Three 20mm Phalanx CIWS mounts
    eight .50 cal. machine guns
    Two - Mk-29 NATO Evolved Sea Sparrow launchers
    Electronics
    AN/USG-2 Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC)
    SSDS MK2
    Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS-N)
    AN/USQ-T46(V) BFTT
    IFF Interrogator System AN/UPX-29 (V)
    AN/SRC-55
    AN/TPX-42A(V)14
    AN/SPN-35C
    AN/WSN-7 RLGN
    AN/SPS-48 Radar
    AN/SPS-49 Radar
    AN/SPQ-9B Radar
    Propulsion
    Two General Electric "LM2500 plus" gas turbines engines, approximately 50 MW
    two propellers, 70,000 total brake horsepower

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    America 267k Artist's rendering of USS America (LHA-6), courtesy of Northrop Grumman. Robert M. Cieri
    America 40k Artist's rendering of USS America (LHA-6), courtesy of Northrop Grumman. Robert M. Cieri
    America 29k Line drawing of USS America (LHA-6), starboard side, courtesy of Northrop Grumman. Robert M. Cieri
    America 47k Line drawing of USS America (LHA-6), overhead view, courtesy of Northrop Grumman. Robert M. Cieri
    America 202k Keel authentication ceremony for America (LHA-6), 17 July 2009, Northrop Grumman Corp., Pascagoula, MS. Mrs. Lynne Pace, sponsor of America (LHA-6) and wife of retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Irwin F. Edenzon (left front), sector vice president and general manager, Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding -- Gulf Coast, thank Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding Welder James Sumlin Jr., a 37-year employee, for welding Mrs. Pace's initials onto the keel plate at the end of LHA 6's keel authentication ceremony. Also observing the event (L-R) US Navy CDR. MacGregor McClellan, Chaplain, US Navy CAPT. Robert Howell, executive officer and director of contracts, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Gulf Coast and US Navy CAPT. Jeff Riedel, program manager, Amphibious Warfare Programs, PEO Ships. Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman Bill Gonyo and Ron Reeves
    America 701k America (LHA-6) Keel Authentication Ceremony, Mrs. Lynne Pace, sponsor of America (LHA-6).
    Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman
    Ron Reeves
    America 419k America (LHA-6) bow assembly at Northrop Grumman Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp. Pascagoula, MS.
    Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman
    Ron Reeves
    America 544k
    America 559k
    America 416k America (LHA-6) at Northrop Grumman Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp. Pascagoula, MS., 20 September 2010.
    Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman
    Ron Reeves
    America 1166k
    America 1411k
    America 1364k America (LHA-6) at Northrop Grumman Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp. Pascagoula, MS., 22 September 2011.
    Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman
    Ron Reeves
    America 366k America (LHA-6) at Northrop Grumman Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp. Pascagoula, MS., 24 September 2011.
    Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman
    Ron Reeves
    America 204k
    America 1799k America (LHA-6) launching at Northrop Grumman Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp. Pascagoula, MS., 4 June 2012. Note Arlington (LPD-24) moored in the background.
    Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman.
    Ron Reeves
    America 196k America (LHA-6) returns to Huntington Ingalls Shipyard after completing sea trials. During the trials, the ship's main propulsion, communications, steering, navigational and radar systems were tested for the first time at sea. America will be the first ship of its class, replacing the Tarawa class of amphibious assault ships.
    US Navy photo # 131109-N-ZZ999-330 PASCAGOULA, Miss. (Nov. 9, 2013) by AOCS Lawrence Grove, USN.
    Robert M. Cieri
    America 245k America (LHA-6) returns to Ingalls Shipyard from acceptance trials, where the ship's main propulsion, communications, steering, navigation and radar systems were tested. America will be the first ship of her class, replacing the Tarawa-class of amphibious assault ships. The ship was christened 20 October 2012 and is undergoing construction in Pascagoula, MS.
    US Navy photo # 140131-N-LQ799-082 PASCAGOULA, Miss. (Jan. 31, 2014) by MC1 Lewis Hunsaker.
    Robert M. Cieri
    America 275k More than 900 Sailors and Marines assigned to America (LHA-6) march to the ship to take custody of it. The U.S. Navy officially accepted delivery of the amphibious assault ship from Huntington Ingalls Industries during a custody transfer ceremony in Pascagoula, Miss., April 10. America is the first ship of its class, replacing the Tarawa-class of amphibious assault ships and is scheduled to be commissioned in October 2014 in San Francisco.
    US Navy photo # 140410-N-LQ799-033 PASCAGOULA, Miss. (April 10, 2014) by MC1 Lewis Hunsaker.
    Ron Reeves
    America 172k America (LHA-6) is saluted as she departs Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, MS. America is scheduled to transit the US Southern Command area of responsibility on its way to San Francisco for a scheduled commissioning ceremony, 11 October 2014.
    US Navy photo # 140711-N-ZZ999-110 PASCAGOULA, Miss. (July 11, 2014) by Shane Scara, courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding.
    Ron Reeves
    America 204k America (LHA-6) arrives at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay for a scheduled port visit. America is scheduled to transit the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility on its way to San Francisco for a scheduled commissioning ceremony October 11.
    US Navy photo # 140721-N-FI736-022 GUANTANAMO BAY (July 21, 2014) by MC2 Scott Pittman
    Ron Reeves
    America 212k America (LHA-6) approaches Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, for a scheduled port visit. America is traveling through the US. Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet areas of responsibility on her maiden transit, "America visits the Americas." The ship is scheduled to be commissioned Oct. 11 in San Francisco.
    US Navy photo # 140805-N-YB590-245 RIO DE JANEIRO (Aug. 5, 2014) by MC1 John Scorza.
    Ron Reeves
    America 293k A tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey assigned to the Argonauts of Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron (VMX-22) transports distinguished visitors and guests from Uruguay to America (LHA-6). America is traveling through the U.S. Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility on her maiden transit, "America visits the Americas".
    US Navy photo # 140813-N-MD297-005 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 8, 2014) by MC3 Huey D. Younger Jr..
    Ron Reeves
    America 212k America (LHA-6) is underway with the Brazilian navy frigate BNS Unio (F-45). United States and Brazilian navies are participating in bilateral training exercises, officer exchanges and senior leadership engagements during the ship's port visit to Rio De Janerio, Brazil.
    US Navy photo # 140809-N-AC979-387 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 9, 2014) by MC1 Michael McNabb.
    Ron Reeves
    America 328k America (LHA-6) front, and ships from the Peruvian navy are underway in formation during a passing exercise in the Pacific Ocean. America is traveling through the U.S. Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility on its maiden transit, "America Visits the Americas."
    US Navy photo # 140903-N-MZ309-088 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 3, 2014) by MC2 Ryan Riley.
    Ron Reeves
    America 234k America (LHA-6) arrives at her new homeport of San Diego. America will be commissioned at San Francisco, 11 October 2014.
    US Navy photo # 140915-N-DH124-049 SAN DIEGO (Sept. 15, 2014) by MC1 Rosalie Chang.
    Lee Wahler
    America 201k Sailors assigned to America (LHA-6) hold the American flag for an aerial photo as they pass under the Golden Gate Bridge during a scheduled port visit to San Francisco for the Navy's 34th annual fleet week. During the visit, the crew is scheduled to participate in a variety of community service projects throughout the Bay area. America is scheduled to be commissioned near the end of fleet week.
    US Navy photo # 141006-N-CC789-082 SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 6, 2014) by MC1 Vladimir Ramos.
    Lee Wahler

    There is no DANFS history available for USS America (LHA-6) at the US Naval Historical Center
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Amphibious Assault Ships - LHA/LHD/LHA(R)
    Builder's Sea Trials video, courtesy Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp. Pascagoula, MS.
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