VIDEO RELEASE -- Ingalls Shipbuilding's Newest Large-Deck Amphibious Ship
America Returns From Successful Builder's Trials
PASCAGOULA, Miss., Nov. 14, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls
Industries' (NYSE:HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division's multipurpose amphibious
assault ship America (LHA 6) returned Saturday from successful builder's sea
trials in the Gulf of Mexico. Ingalls' test and trials team started with dock
trials Monday and then spent five days operating the ship at sea, where it
conducted more than 200 test events.
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"It's an awesome feeling riding this ship, knowing the hard work that took
place to get her ready for sea trials," said George Jones, Ingalls' LHA 6
program manager. "The LHA 6 team continued to work diligently during our time
underway. The ship performed well, and 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.
During builder's trials, America performed all required sea trial evolutions,
including the operation of the gas turbine/electric-powered propulsion system.
Other tests included anchor handling, flight operations, and combat systems'
"America, designed to take sailors and Marines into harm's way, proved her
seaworthiness during builder's trials," said Richard Schenk, Ingalls' vice
president of test and trials. "The test and trials team implemented a rigorous
schedule of testing, including a day of dock trials, before the ship left. The
Ingalls team and the ship performed very well. 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."
The ship will now prepare for acceptance sea trials in late January to
demonstrate the same tests and operational success to the U.S. Navy's Board of
Inspection and Survey (INSURV).
When America enters the fleet, she will be the flagship of an Expeditionary
Strike Group, strategically positioning Marine Expeditionary Units ashore
across a full spectrum of missions, including humanitarian, disaster relief,
maritime security, antipiracy and other operations while providing air support
for ground forces.
America-class ships are 844 feet long and 106 feet wide and displace 44,971
long tons. The gas-turbine propulsion system drives the ships in excess of 20
knots. They will accommodate a crew of 1,059 (65 officers) and 1,687 troops.
The America-class will be capable of carrying a Marine Expeditionary Unit,
including Marine helicopters, MV‐22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft and F‐35B Joint
Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft.
The newest class has an increased aviation capacity to include 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.
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) designs, builds and maintains nuclear and
non-nuclear ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and provides after-market
services for military ships around the globe. For more than a century, HII has
built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder at
its Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls Shipbuilding divisions. Employing
more than 37,000 in Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana and California, HII also
provides a wide variety of products and services to the commercial energy
industry and other government customers, including the Department of Energy.
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CONTACT: Bill Glenn
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