Large Amphibious Assault Vessels

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    The first two LHA are without a well deck, but the follow on LHA will each have a small well deck as far as I heard.
     
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    Yes that's what Jeff said

    Basically first two America Class will free up two super carriers which can do the serious duties while America Class can provide thier own air cover for when it's required

    They are called "air centric" for a reason
     
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    I've heard it jokingly said that the USMC are the "Navy's Army," but this recent reorientation towards aviation will provide it the "Navy's Army's Air force".
     
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    So, I was reflecting on the successfully completed sea trials for the USS America, LHA-6 and the recent launch of the USS Gerald R. Ford, CVN-78.

    As Asif has said, there has been a significant increase in the number sof nations building and acquiring aircrft carriers, including the multi-purpose flattops that can serve as either a STOVL carrier or an amphibious/air assault carrier (like the America).

    The PLAN acquired the Varyag in 1998 and turned her into the Liaoning, commissioning her in 2012, and now working up her air wing for eventual operational capability.


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    PLAN Liaoning, CV-16, Acquired 1998, Launched 2011, Commissioned 2012


    I had not really added it all up before, but in the time that that was occurring, here is what the US Navy did with aircraft carriers:


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    USS Iwo Jima, LHD-7, Laid down 1998, launched 2001, commissioned 2001



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    USS Ronald Reagan, CVN-76, laid down 1998, launched 2001, commissioned 2003



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    USS Gerorge H.W. Bush, CVN-77,laid down 2003, launched 2006, commissioned 2009



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    USS Malkin Island, LHD-8, laid down 2004, launched 2006, commissioned 2009



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    USS America, LHA-6, laid down 2009, launched 2012



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    USS Gerald R. Ford, CVN-78, laid down 2009, launched 2013


    That's six major carrier vessels in 15 years. Pretty impressive. Many Americans sometimes think that US Naval shipbuilding has somehow let down...but clearly, it has not. In those same 15 years, the US launched and commissioned 34 Arleigh Bukre Flight IIA Destroyers. A very impressive record too.

    Now, with the carriers, the US has decommissioned just as many as it has built (even more), and that in itself is another major point. That the US has these vessels in such abundance that it can decommission and dispose of them tells you that the US Navy shipbuilding industry continues on very strongly, and it keeps on going too.

    In addition to those six, two more carriers are already under construction:

    USS John F. Kenned, CVN-79, laid down 2013
    USS Tripoli, LHA-7, laid down 2013
     
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    CVN-79? 1st steel was cut long ago. The carrier is already almost completely funded and numerous contracts have already been let and portions of the carrier are being built as we speak.

    Whether they have actually started putting them together in the Newport News Shipbuilding dry dock or not (and they are supposed to start that before the end of 2013) the actual work has already started at many places.

    As to LHA-7, we know it is already under construction and about 5% complete, from this US Naval Institute article about the completion of builder's sea trials fro LHA-6.

     
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    Sorry no hi-res..

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    philbob, I'm not understanding that first link.. at all.

    Where is the "good stuff" about LHA-8 in the second link? Thank you!.
     
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