USS AMERICA is an aviation-centric amphibious assault ship that provides forward presence and power projection as an integral part of Joint, Interagency and Multinational Maritime Expeditionary Forces. It will support Marine aviation requirements, from small-scale contingency operations of an Expeditionary Strike Group, to forcible entry missions in major theater war.
Ecological & Economical
AMERICA uses two modes of propulsion, the General Electric LM2500 + Gas Turbine engine and the Auxiliary Propulsion Motor (APM). The gas turbines can be used at all speeds to drive the ship in excess of 20 knots, but is least fuel efficient at speeds of 12 knots or less. The Auxiliary Propulsion Motor (APM) allows us to travel at speeds up to 12 knots using electrical power provided by the ship which results in significant fuel savings.
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