SAN DIEGO - The Navy's newest amphibious assault ship, the future USS America (LHA 6), arrives at its new homeport of San Diego on Sept. 15 to make preparations for formal commissioning.
America was delivered to the Navy April 10, after completing construction in Pascagoula, Mississippi. While transiting to San Diego, America circumnavigated South America, on what has been called "America Visits the Americas," conducting exchanges and working with partner nation navies.
America's crew consists of 1,100 Sailors and can embark more than 1,500 Marines. The ship is 844 feet in length and has a displacement of approximately 45,000 tons.
America is scheduled to be formally commissioned on Oct. 11 in San Francisco and will then conduct operations and training within the 3rd Fleet Area of Responsibility.
U.S. 3rd Fleet leads naval forces in the Eastern Pacific from the West Coast of North America to the international date line and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy.