America Visits Peru for final stop of Maiden Transit
CALLAO, Peru (Aug. 31, 2014) Lance Cpl. Leo Andrade showcases an M-220 Tow system, an anti-tank weapon, to Peruvian Minister of Defense Pedro Cateriano and Minister of Foreign Affairs Gonzalo Gutierrez during a tour aboard the future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). America is traveling through the U.S. Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility on her maiden transit. The ship is scheduled to be commissioned Oct. 11 in San Francisco. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Huey D. Younger Jr./Released)
America Visits Peru for final stop of Maiden Transit
From USS America Public Affairs
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- The future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) will reach Callao, Peru Aug. 31. This will be the final scheduled port visit of her maiden transit, "America Visits the Americas".

During the visit, Sailors and Marines assigned to America and Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) South are scheduled to conduct bilateral exercises with the Peruvian Navy, offer ship tours, host a reception for Peruvian guests and distinguished officials, participate in friendly sporting competitions and take part in local community relations projects.

The ship's military and civilian crew will also have the opportunity to experience the rich culture of this host nation and serve as goodwill ambassadors.

The ship has already completed port visits to Cartagena, Colombia; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Valparaiso, Chile; and transited the Strait of Magellan at the southernmost point of continental South America. During the transit, America has also conducted bilateral engagements with other valued partners in the area of responsibility such as Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay, testing the ship's capabilities and strengthening partnerships within the 4th Fleet area of responsibility.

America is the first ship of its class, replacing the Tawara-class of amphibious assault ships. As the next generation "big-deck" amphibious ship, America is optimized for aviation, capable of supporting current and future aircraft such as the tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey and F-35B Joint Strike Fighter. The ship is scheduled to be commissioned Oct. 11 in San Francisco.

U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command / U.S. 4th Fleet and U.S. Marine Forces South support U.S. Southern Command's joint and combined military operations by employing maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations in order to maintain access, enhance interoperability, and build enduring partnerships in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.
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