• Assault Carrier Wasp class

An updated version of the previous Tarawa class, Wasps not longer have the bow sponsons and they also are 7 meters longer in overall length to better accommodate the LCAC landing craft in their well deck.

    Derivatives / Succeeded by
America (2014) class 2014

Specifications Login to Edit

41180full load (tn)
257.20length (m)
33.50beam (m)
9.10draught (m)
22max speed (knots)
70000power (shp)
2Naval Engine steam turbines
3Close-In Weapon System CIWS Phalanx 20 mm

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    Typical Max
USMC Bell v-22 Osprey 010
USMC B-V 107M H-46 Sea Knight 1242
USMC Bell UH-1N 20
USMC Sikorsky s-80 H-53E 40
USMC Bell 209 ah-1 cobra 40

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Shipyards Login to Edit

Ingalls Shipbuilding - 8

Ships on Database - all derivatives Login to Edit

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US NavyLHA-7America (2014) class USS Tripoli7----
US NavyLHD-1USS WaspNEBP - 11989--
US NavyLHD-2USS EssexNESX - 21992--
US NavyLHD-3USS KearsargeNNKP - 31993--
US NavyLHD-4USS BoxerNBXR - 41995--
US NavyLHD-5USS BataanNBAT - 51997--
US NavyLHD-6USS Bonhomme RichardNBHR - 61998--
US NavyLHD-7USS Iwo JimaNXXG - 72001--
US NavyLHD-8USS Makin IslandNMXG - 82009--
US NavyLHA-6America (2014) class USS America62014--

10 units

Events Login to Edit

1985-may-30Laid down LHD-1 USS Wasp
1986-sep-10Ordered LHD-2 USS Essex
1987-aug-4Launched LHD-1 USS Wasp
1989-mar-20Laid down LHD-2 USS Essex
1989-jul-29Commissioned LHD-1 USS Wasp
1990-feb-6Laid down LHD-3 USS Kearsarge
1991-feb-23Launched LHD-2 USS Essex
1991-apr-18Laid down LHD-4 USS Boxer
1991-dec-20Ordered LHD-5 USS Bataan
1992-mar-26Launched LHD-3 USS Kearsarge
1992-oct-17Commissioned LHD-2 USS Essex
1992-dec-11Ordered LHD-6 USS Bonhomme Richard
1993-aug-13Launched LHD-4 USS Boxer
1993-oct-16Commissioned LHD-3 USS Kearsarge
1994-jun-22Laid down LHD-5 USS Bataan
1995-feb-11Commissioned LHD-4 USS Boxer
1995-feb-28Ordered LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima
1995-apr-18Laid down LHD-6 USS Bonhomme Richard
1996-mar-15Launched LHD-5 USS Bataan
1997-mar-14Launched LHD-6 USS Bonhomme Richard
1997-sep-20Commissioned LHD-5 USS Bataan
1997-dec-12Laid down LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima
1998-aug-15Commissioned LHD-6 USS Bonhomme Richard
1999-marAircraft LHD-4 USS Boxer on board H-46 151927, 151933, 153952, 154039, 154040, 154831. H-53 162499
2001Homeport LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Norfolk, Virginia
2001-mar-25Launched LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima
2001-jun-30Commissioned LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima
2001-octDeployment LHD-5 USS Bataan Launched CH-63Es from HMM-264 carrying US Marines from Task Force 58 in their assault on Rhino.
2004-feb-14Laid down LHD-8 USS Makin Island
2005-sep-4Deployment LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Hurricane Katrina relief efforts
2006-sep-22Launched LHD-8 USS Makin Island
2007-jan-26Aircraft LHD-6 USS Bonhomme Richard MH-60S 166310 accident
2007-sep-4Aircraft LHD-5 USS Bataan First CV-22 Osprey trials by USAF 8th SOS
2007-sep-17Deployment LHD-1 USS Wasp To Iraq with 10 Osprey from VMM-263 in their first combat deployment
2009-may-26Aircraft LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima NYC Fleet Week, VMM-162 MV-22B 165847
2009-aug-7Aircraft LHD-2 USS Essex Australian Black Hawk A25-112 in the Coral Sea
2009-oct-24Commissioned LHD-8 USS Makin Island
2010-jun-28Port Visit LHD-1 USS Wasp Fleet Review: 100th anniversary of Canadian Navy visited Halifax for MARLANT Fleet Review
2010-julAircraft LHD-2 USS Essex RAN Sea King N16-125 in the Coral Sea
2010-julDeployment LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Exercise Auriga 2010 Participated in the Amphibious component of Ex Auriga, with HMS Albion, HMS Ocean and RFA Largs Bay, until Aug 2010.
2012-apr-11Aircraft LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima MV-22 Osprey 165844 accident
2012-apr-17Deployment LHD-1 USS Wasp NOLA Navy Week visited New Orleans to commemorate War of 1812
2013-may-2Deployment LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Gulf of Oman
2013-jul-15Deployment LHD-6 USS Bonhomme Richard Talisman Saber 2013
2014-apr-20Deployment LHD-6 USS Bonhomme Richard Part of PHIBRON 11, 31st MEU, SAR operations for the sunken ferry Sewol of the coast of the Republic of Korea
2015-apr-2 LHD-6 USS Bonhomme Richard with VMM-262 Ospreys aboard
2015-jul-7Deployment LHD-6 USS Bonhomme Richard Talisman Sabre 2015 participated in Exercise Talisman Sabre 15. Flagship for US Expeditionary Strike Group 7.
2016-oct-8Deployment LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Hurricane Matthew relief operations embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit plus Humanitarian stores and departed Mayport for Haiti, to assist, and then relieve USS Mesa Verde.
2017-mayDeployment LHD-6 USS Bonhomme Richard Departed Sasebo for a 4 month deployment in 7th Fleet area of operations. Returned on 25 Sep.
2017-sep-2 LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Hurricane Harvey Ready for Hurricane Harvey relief support
2017-sep-5 LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria Relief Operations Departed Naval Station Mayport, Jacksonville, FL to Norfolk, VA to load 26th MEU elements in support of Hurricane Irma relief operations
2017-sep-7 LHD-1 USS Wasp Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria Relief Operations Arrived in the US Virgin Islands for Hurricane Irma relief support
2017-sep-9 LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria Relief Operations in route to the US Virgin Islands for Hurricane Irma relief support
2017-sep-20Deployment LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria Relief Operations Operating around US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, following Hurricane Maria disaster.

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