History Facts

 Builder  Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula , Miss.
 Power Plant  Two boilers, two geared steam turbines, two shafts, 70,000 shaft horsepower
 Length  844 feet (253.2 meters)
 Beam  106 feet (31.8 meters)
 Displacement  Approx. 40,500 tons (41,150 metric tons) full load
 Speed  20+ knots (23.5+ miles per hour)

 2 RAM launchers
 2 NATO Sea Sparrow launchers
 2 20mm Phalanx CIWS mounts 
 4 .50 cal. machine guns 
 3 25 mm Mk 38 machine guns

  • Aircraft
    • Assault:
      • 42 CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters
    • Sea Control:
      • 5 AV-8B Harrier attack planes.
      • 6 ASW helicopters

  • Crew
    • Ships Company:
      • 104 officers
      • 1,004 enlisted
    • Marine Detachment:
      • 1,894

Sister Ships
USS Wasp (LHD 1), Norfolk, Va.
USS Essex (LHD 2), Sasebo, Japan
USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), Norfolk, Va.
USS Boxer (LHD 4), San Diego, Calif.
USS Bataan (LHD 5), Norfolk, Va.
USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), Norfolk , Va.
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