Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Improvements to USS America 75 percent complete

Improvements to the U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) are 75 percent complete and expected to be completed in March, the service reported.
The improvements by the ship's crew and contractors come during the ship's post-shakedown availability, which began last summer."One of the big challenges with LHA 6 is that it is the first of its class," said post-delivery hull manager Michael Galecki. "Even with its similarities to the LHD class, there has been nothing like it before."The USS America was built by Huntington Ingalls Industries and commissioned into service in late 2014. It is designed to put ashore a Marine Expeditionary Unit using helicopters and MV-22B Osprey V/STOL aircraft. It can also be used as a small aircraft carrier.
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