Large Amphibious Assault Vessels


Kurt

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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.
 

asif iqbal

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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
 

Bltizo

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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".
 

Jeff Head

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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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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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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
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. 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:

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Jeff Head

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I read this
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, page 18, since construction began ?
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
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about the completion of builder's sea trials fro LHA-6.

USNI said:
The second ship of the class — Tripoli (LHA-7) — is currently under construction at Ingalls and about 5 percent complete.
 
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bd popeye

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Photos by the French Navy
Feb 12,2014
At Sea - An MV-22B Osprey from Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response lands aboard the French Mistral-class assault ship, Dixmude, to increase squadron proficiency while enhancing interoperability with the U.S. and their NATO allies during a bi-lateral engagement in the Mediterranean Sea, Feb. 8. The U.S. and French carrier qualification was the first time a U.S. MV-22B Osprey landed on a French carrier, showcasing the interagency cooperation between U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa, the Department of State, and the governments of France, Spain, and Morocco.
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philbob

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good pictures and informative PDF's LHA-8 is now coming into shape. good stuff on the AFSB and MLP,

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-you would think some of the stuff on the flight III AMDR DDG-51 should be classified :roll:

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good stuff on LHA-8
 

bd popeye

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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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