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Last Updated: December 11, 2015
The America Class LHA(R) will replace the LHA 1, Tarawa class of amphibious assault ships, and will have the flexibility to operate in the traditional role as the flagship for an Expeditionary Strike Group as well as potentially playing a key role in the maritime pre-positioning force of the future(MPFF).
Air Assault and Sea Control Optimized:
The air assault role is optimized for conducting larger air assault operations from much further out, allowing troops to arrive on scene more quickly and the LHA(R) to be better protected from its station further out to sea. In the air assault role, a typical air wing of the America and her sister ACE vessel would be as followd:
- Air Assault Aiw Wing
The America also has the capability and is designed to function as a "Sea Control: aircraft carrier, conducting sea lane protection, area denial, and war at sea function. In this role her typical air wing would include:
- Sea ControlAiw Wing
In addition, as an ACE optimized vessel and number of Aviation Combat Element (ACE) configurations are possible, varying the amount F-35B Joint Strike Fighters (JSF) STOVL aircraft; MV-22 Osprey VTOL tiltrotors; CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopters; UH-1Y Huey helicopters; AH-1Z Super Cobra helicopters; MH-60S Seahawk helicoptersare also supportable depending on the specific mission requirements.
Three traditional LHA vesse4ls to follow:
- Amphibious Assault Aiw Wing
All of the vessels will be capable of embarking 1,670 US Marines and the equipment to support them, the America class carries all of the equipement necessary to provide air assault or amphibious assault (depneding on the variety of vessel) on the objectives of those marines, while giving them the logistical, command and control, close-air support (through its embarked wing of VSTOL fighter bombers), and the hospital support they require while doing so.
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USS AMERICA, LHA-6, ON SEA TRIALS, NOV 2013|
USS AMERICA, LHA-6, LAUNCHED, JUN 2012
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