Huntington Ingalls Industries have announced the successful completion of builder’s trials on the American amphibious assault ship Tripoli.
The second ship in the America class spent four days at sea in the Gulf of Mexico, testing the ship’s main propulsion, combat and other systems before returning to HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division say the firm in a release.
“Congratulations to the Navy and Ingalls team for a solid LHA 7 builder’s trials,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias.
“We have an excellent leadership team, and they will now be focusing on getting the ship ready for acceptance trials and delivery to the Navy. The flight deck modifications to support the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft provide an increased aviation capacity and demonstrate how an experienced team can evolve the platform to meet the current threats across the globe.”
Ingalls is currently the sole builder of large-deck amphibious warships for the U.S. Navy.
The shipyard delivered its first amphibious assault ship, the Iwo Jima-class USS Tripoli, in 1966. Ingalls has since built five Tarawa-class ships, eight Wasp-class ships and the first in a new class of ships, USS America. The third ship in the America class, Bougainville, is currently under construction at the shipyard and will be the 16th large-deck amphibious ship built at Ingalls.
Like the lead ship in the class, Tripoli is designed for survivability with increased aviation capacity, including an enlarged hangar deck, realignment and expansion of the aviation maintenance facilities, a significant increase in available stowage for parts and support equipment, and increased aviation fuel capacity.
Similar to its predecessors, the ship will be able to operate as the flagship for an expeditionary strike group, say the US Navy.