USS AMERICA is an amphibious assault ship that will provide 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.
Accomadations - 65 Officers; 995 Enlisted; 1687 Marine Detachment
Length-844 ft, Width 106 ft
Displacement-Approximatley 45,000 tons (full load)
Two Rolling Air Frame missile launchers, two Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) launchers, two 20MM Phalanx CIWS mounts, and seven MK95 Mod 1 twin .50 CALIBER machine gun mounts.
USS AMERICA design is optimized for operation and maintenance of the future Marine Corps Aviation including the MV-22 OSPREY Tiltrotor, AV-8B Harrier Jet, CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters, AH-1Z Super Cobra helicopters, MH-60S Seahawk helicopters, and the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter. in leu of a well deck, AMERICA enhances the aviation capability by providing an enlarged hanger deck for aircraft maintenance and storage.
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The USS America will be a gas-turbine powered warship capable of carrying a Marine Expeditionary Brigade with the capacity for carrying many Marine helicopters and aircraft. It will also be able to serve in the role of a small aircraft carrier. This warship is due to be delivered to the Navy in 2013.