US Navy commissions new America-class amphibious assault ship

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The United States Navy has commissioned to service America-class amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA 7) on July 15, 2020.

Because of public health and safety restrictions on large public gatherings, the US Navy commissioned USS Tripoli administratively and the amphibious assault ship transitioned to normal operations.

Amid the situation, the US Navy said it is “looking at a future opportunity to commemorate the special event with the USS Tripoli’s sponsor, crew and commissioning committee.”

“LHA 7 incorporates key components to provide the fleet with a more aviation-centric platform. Tripoli’s design features an enlarged hangar deck, realignment and expansion of the aviation maintenance facilities, a significant increase in available stowage for parts and support equipment, and increased aviation fuel capacity. The ship is the first LHA replacement ship to depart the shipyard ready to integrate the entire future air combat element of the Marine Corps, to include the Joint Strike Fighter,” the US Navy said.

“Along with its pioneering aviation element, LHA 7 incorporates gas turbine propulsion plant, zonal electrical distribution, and fuel-efficient electric auxiliary propulsion systems first installed on USS Makin Island (LHD 8). LHA 7 is 844 feet in length, has a displacement of approximately 44,000 long tons, and will be capable of operating at speeds of over 20 knots,” it added.