Posted by: arbeam | December 17, 2013

PCU America LHA 6 New Design in Large Deck Amphibs

Pre Commissioning Unit America LHA 6 on Seatrials

Pre Commissioning Unit America LHA 6 on Seatrials

When USS America (LHA 6) joins the Navy next year, a new design of amphibious assault ships will be introduced to the fleet incorporating enhanced expeditionary aviation capabilities. LHA 6 will be the first warship designed from the keel up to operate and maintain the F-35B Lightning II short take-off and vertical landing fighter aircraft, as well as the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport. LHA 6 encompasses numerous modifications throughout the ship that will change the way ARG/MEU operations are currently conducted and sustained; most notably, with increased aviation maintenance spaces in lieu of a well deck. “The America-class will be a key enabler for future joint forces and will change the way we employ our ‘big decks’,” said Rear Adm. Scott B. Jerabek, commander, NWDC.

 

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