After five days of sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico, the multipurpose amphibious assault ship developed by Huntington Ingalls Industries‘ Ingalls Shipbuilding, has returned to the company’s facility in Pascagoula, Miss.
During the sea trials, the Ingalls Shipbuilding’s America or LHA 6 was subjected to 200 test events and all the required sea trial evolutions, Ingalls Shipbuilding announced Nov. 14.
These trials included gas turbine/electric-powered propulsion system operations, anchor handling, flight operations and combat systems’ evaluations.
“The test and trials team implemented a rigorous schedule of testing, including a day of dock trials, before the ship left, said Richard Schenk, Ingalls’ vice president of test and trials.
“We look forward to continuing the hard work on our company’s newest large-deck amphibious ship as our test group works with the LHA 6 program/ops team to prepare for acceptance trials,” he added.
Like all America-class ships, the LHA 6 accommodates a crew of 1,059 and 1,687 troops.
It is also able to carry a Marine Expeditionary Unit, Marine helicopters, MV-22 Osprey aircraft and F-35 aircraft.
“Our team will work to ensure LHA 6 will be prepared for her acceptance trials. We have confidence this will be a great opportunity for America to prove her mettle as she prepares to enter the U.S. Navy fleet,” said George Jones, Ingalls’ LHA 6 program manager.
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