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Navy Orders USS Tripoli from Huntington Ingalls Industries

by: Matthew Potter
June 4, 2012

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The U.S. Navy continued its investment into new amphibious warfare ships by awarding a contract to Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) for LHD-7. The USS Tripoli will follow its sister ship, USS America, onto the ways in the near future. The value of the contract is for over $2 billion.

Currently the Navy is building two major amphibious ship classes. The LSD-17 class San Antonio ships and the bigger, more capable LHA class. The America and Tripoli are numbered sequentially with the Tarawa class built in the Seventies. Due to the need to support the bigger tilt rotor V-22 aircraft the America and Tripoli are designed for maximum aircraft capability and do not have a well deck for landing craft. That has been corrected in future ships of the class.

The LHA provide the ability to support large number of helicopters and V/TOL aircraft as well as carry Marines and their support equipment. The ones with a well deck allows landing craft to be loaded and deployed. They also offer hospital and C2 capabilities for operations.

The LHA and LHD ships followed the LPH class of helicopter carriers that went into service in the Sixties and saw extensive use in Vietnam. The new Tripoli name comes from one of those class ships although the Navy has operated several other ships in honor of the Marine service in North Africa against the Barbary Pirates.

HII is the ship building division of Northrop Grumman (NOC) that was spun off into a separate company. It builds amphibious warfare ships, destroyers as well as nuclear submarines at yards in Mississippi and Virginia.

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