Accession Number : AD1019496

Title :   LHA 6 America Class Amphibious Assault Ship (LHA 6)

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : U.S. Navy Washington United States

Personal Author(s) : Rivers,Thomas

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Report Date : 01 Dec 2015

Pagination or Media Count : 36

Abstract : The LHA Replacement (LHA (R)) Program is planned to replace existing LHA 1 Class Amphibious Assault Ships, which reach the end of their extended service lives between 2011 and 2015. The LHA (R) will be the key platform in the Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG)/Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) of the future and will provide the Joint Force Commander options to project expeditionary power. The LHA 6 America Class, the first ship of the LHA (R) Program, will embark and support all of the Short Take-off Vertical Landing (STOVL) and Vertical Take-off Landing Marine expeditionary aviation assets in the ESG/ARG, including the MV-22 and the F-35B, the STOVL model of the Joint Strike Fighter. The LHA 6 America Class is an LHD 8 gas turbine variant with enhanced aviation capability. The Flight 0 ship will embark over 1,600 Marines and transport them and their equipment ashore by rotary-wing aircraft when the situation requires. The Flight I ship maintains an aviation centric capability with the addition of a well deck that will accommodate two Landing Craft, Air Cushion. The Flight I ship will embark over 1,400 Marines and transport them and their equipment ashore by rotary-wing or surface connector.

Descriptors :   BUDGETS , NAVAL VESSELS (COMBATANT) , procurement , test and evaluation , contracts , military acquisition , cost analysis , cost estimates , costs , navy , amphibious assault ships , shipbuilding , maintenance

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE