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US Navy received America-class amphibious assault ship Tripoli

WASHINGTON, (BM) – Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) delivered the America-class amphibious assault ship Tripoli (LHA 7) to the US Navy in a ceremony at its shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Shephard Media.

The ship will be commissioned as USS Tripoli later in 2020 and will then sail to its homeport in San Diego, California. It is expected to be deployed on a variety of missions including maritime security, anti-piracy, humanitarian assistance and supporting ground forces.

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Bryan Williams, LHA 7 programme manager at HII, said: ‘The LHA team is proud to witness the delivery of the 15th large-deck amphibious ship built at Ingalls.’

HII is the only manufacturer of large-deck amphibious ships for the USN. The vessel will accommodate tiltrotor MV-22 and F-35B Joint Strike Fighter aircraft after joining the Amphibious Ready Group.

The design of Tripoli is based on USS Makin Island, which is itself an improved version of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship. Approximately 45% of the Flight 0 design is based on LHD-8, with the well deck removed to allow more room for aircraft and aviation fuel.

The removal of the well deck for landing craft allows for an extended hangar deck with two significantly wider high bay areas, each fitted with an overhead crane for aircraft maintenance.

Other enhancements include a reconfigurable command and control complex, an on-board hospital, and numerous aviation support spaces. The design of Tripoli features an enlarged hangar deck, realignment and expansion of the aviation maintenance facilities, and a significant increase in her available stowage for parts and support equipment.

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She was intended to be the first LHA replacement ship to deliver fully ready to integrate the entire future air combat element of the U.S. Marine Corps to include the F-35B Lightning II, but construction delays have pushed final F-35 capability installs until after delivery.

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