Amphibious warfighting is ever-evolving and today’s Navy and Marine Corps team is more versatile and adaptable than ever before.
This year, the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) proudly served as the amphibious task force command and control platform during the 2016 Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC).
Embarked flag staffs from the Royal New Zealand Navy and Expeditionary Strike Group 3 joined America’s crew alongside over 800 U.S. Marines from 3rd Marine Regiment. These Marines make up the Provisional Marine Expeditionary Brigade-Hawaii for the exercise and were joined by Marines, Soldiers and Sailors from Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Republic of Korea and Tonga. United States rotary wing and tilt-rotor Navy and Marine Corps aircraft, as well as multiple aircraft from other RIMPAC participant nations, operated with America during the exercise to improve interoperability while honing the skills needed during amphibious operations.
America is capable of supporting a wide range of Navy/Marine Corps missions across the spectrum of conflict, from peacetime operations like humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, defense support of civil authorities and theater security cooperation; to non-combatant evacuation operations; to full combat operations in support of Marine landing forces. In addition to this inherent versatility, America is well suited as a command and control platform at the center of an amphibious readiness group.