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America 2014

Ships


No Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
LHA6 America 7306 Huntington Ingalls, Pascagoula 27.4.2009 4.6.2012 11.10.2014 in service (2019)
LHA7 Tripoli 7307 Huntington Ingalls, Pascagoula 5.3.2014 1.5.2017 2019 building (2019)
LHA8 Bougainville 7308 Huntington Ingalls, Pascagoula 2018 2022 2024 building (2019)


Technical data


Displacement standard, t

34000

Displacement full, t

45700

Length, m

237.00 pp 257.4 oa

Breadth, m

32.3 wl 45.7 fd

Draught, m

8.00

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 General Electric LM-2500 gas turbines / 6 Fairbanks-Morse diesel-generators, 2 electric motors

Power, h. p.

70000 / 10000

Max speed, kts

22

Fuel, t

gas turbine/diesel oil

Endurance, nm(kts)

9500(20)

Armament

2 x 8 ESSM SAM (16 RIM-162), 2 x 21 RAM SAM (42 RIM-116), 3 x 1 - 25/75 Mk 38, 2 x 6 - 20/76 Mk 15 Block 1B, 8 x 1 - 12.7/90, 24 aircraft ((20 F-35B fighters, 6 MH-60 helicopters) or (12 MV-22, 4 UH-1Y, 4 AH-1Z) or (6 F-35B fighters, 4 CH-53K helicopters)

Military load

1687 troops, vehicles, cargo

Electronic equipment

SPS-48E, SPS-49(v)5, SPS-73, SPQ-9B, 4x Mk 95, 2x Mk 90, SPN-35, SPN-43 radars, SLQ-32(v)3 ECM suite, 6x Mk 36 SRBOC decoy RL, SLQ-25 Nixie torpedo decoy, ICDS, SSDS Mk 4 and others CCS

Complement

1060



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<i>America </i>2015
America 2015


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<i>America </i>2014
America 2014


Project history

Replacement of Tarawa class. This class represents a further evolution of the previous LHA and LHD designs, optimized for aviation: they can carry and operate up to 24 F-35B fighters. Improvements over the Tarawa and Wasp classes include an enlarged hangar deck, enhanced aviation maintenance facilities, additional equipment support and stowage space and increased aviation fuel capacity (3100m³). Propulsion is provided by two LM-2500 gas turbines and two electric auxiliary propulsion motors. Each ship has 4531m³ capacity of cargo holds with 1115m² vehicle parking space. Medical spaces were reduced by two thirds of from the LHD1 class in order to expand the aviation hangar bay. Unlike the Tarawa and Wasp classes these ships do not have a well deck for landing craft.

Modernizations

planned, all: - SPS-48E radar; + SPY-3, SPY-4 radars

Naval service

No significant events.