USS America (LHA 6) seeking high-caliber Sailors for New Construction
It is time to begin manning USS America (LHA 6) and we are looking for our Navy's best and brightest talent to join the team that will set the watch, man the rails and return AMERICA to sea! The first wave of crewmembers will begin arriving in November 2011 and will continue arriving through the Summer of 2013. For those potentially reporting in the early manning phases – NOW is the time for action, decision and dialogue with your detailer!
This will be no ordinary ship and that's why we seek EXTRAORDINARY Sailors to be a part of something special.
AMERICA will stand alone among the warships of the world in her design and capability. She replaces an aging Tarawa-class and represents a conscious decision to increase the aviation capacity of future big-deck amphibious assault ships in order to maximize the Navy's investment in future aircraft. She will be built with no well-deck, but with an extended hangar deck with two larger hangar bay areas, each fitted with an overhead crane for aircraft maintenance. This is a major change in traditional big-deck amphibious design. She will also provide increased aviation fuel capacity, stowage for aviation parts and associated support equipment. As a result, she will be able to embark and launch the newest in naval aviation – the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft and the short take-off vertical landing (STOVL) variant F-35B Lightning II Strike Fighter.
AMERICA will be 844 feet long and 106 feet wide and host an impressive displacement of approximately 44,971 long tons. Her propulsion system will drive it to speeds in excess of 22 knots, and she will accommodate a crew size of 1,204 Sailors and an additional 1,871 embarked Marines. She will use the same gas-turbine propulsion plant, zonal electrical distribution and electric auxiliary systems designed and built for the recently delivered USS Makin Island (LHD 8), replacing the maintenance intensive steam turbines of earlier ships. This unique auxiliary propulsion system (APS) was designed for fuel efficiency. Instead of using main propulsion engines to power the ship's shaft, the APS uses two induction-type auxiliary propulsion motors powered from the ship's electrical grid.
AMERICA will ultimately facilitate forward presence and power projection as an integral part of joint, interagency, and multinational maritime expeditionary forces, supporting the Marine Corps tenets of Operational Maneuver From the Sea (OMFTS) and Ship to Objective Maneuver (STOM).
Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding began construction of AMERICA in December 2008 at its shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. The ship’s keel was laid on July 17, 2009 and the ship’s sponsor is Lynne Pace, wife of retired Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace, former Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff.
But for all the capability of the ship, the difference-maker will be our PEOPLE! So as you consider your next assignment, please consider joining the crew of AMERICA. We promise you that you will enjoy a challenging and fulfilling tour, which will inevitably enhance your career for years to come.
If you have any questions regarding assignment to AMERICA, contact our Sea Special Programs detailer at (901) 874-4161. Please check out our website at www.public.navy.mil/surfor/lha6. Also, become our fan on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/USSAmerica.
HOMEPORT: PAC FLT
PCD: SAN DIEGO, CA
PCU: PASCAGOULA, MS
DSN: 882-2282 COMMERCIAL: 901-874-2282