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

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Shipyards Login to Edit

US Ingalls Shipbuilding - 8

Ships on Database - all derivatives Login to Edit

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

10 units

Events Login to Edit

1985-may-30Laid downUS LHD-1 USS Wasp
1986-sep-10OrderedUS LHD-2 USS Essex
1987-aug-4LaunchedUS LHD-1 USS Wasp
1989-mar-20Laid downUS LHD-2 USS Essex
1989-jul-29CommissionedUS LHD-1 USS Wasp
1990-feb-6Laid downUS LHD-3 USS Kearsarge
1991-feb-23LaunchedUS LHD-2 USS Essex
1991-apr-18Laid downUS LHD-4 USS Boxer
1991-dec-20OrderedUS LHD-5 USS Bataan
1992-mar-26LaunchedUS LHD-3 USS Kearsarge
1992-oct-17CommissionedUS LHD-2 USS Essex
1992-dec-11OrderedUS LHD-6 USS Bonhomme Richard
1993-aug-13LaunchedUS LHD-4 USS Boxer
1993-oct-16CommissionedUS LHD-3 USS Kearsarge
1994-jun-22Laid downUS LHD-5 USS Bataan
1995-feb-11CommissionedUS LHD-4 USS Boxer
1995-feb-28OrderedUS LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima
1995-apr-18Laid downUS LHD-6 USS Bonhomme Richard
1996-mar-15LaunchedUS LHD-5 USS Bataan
1997-mar-14LaunchedUS LHD-6 USS Bonhomme Richard
1997-sep-20CommissionedUS LHD-5 USS Bataan
1997-dec-12Laid downUS LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima
1998-aug-15CommissionedUS LHD-6 USS Bonhomme Richard
1999-marAircraftUS LHD-4 USS Boxer on board H-46 151927, 151933, 153952, 154039, 154040, 154831. H-53 162499
2001HomeportUS LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Norfolk, Virginia
2001-mar-25LaunchedUS LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima
2001-jun-30CommissionedUS LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima
2001-octDeploymentUS 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 downUS LHD-8 USS Makin Island
2005-sep-4DeploymentUS LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima Hurricane Katrina relief efforts
2006-sep-22LaunchedUS LHD-8 USS Makin Island
2007-jan-26AircraftUS LHD-6 USS Bonhomme Richard MH-60S 166310 accident
2007-sep-4AircraftUS LHD-5 USS Bataan First CV-22 Osprey trials by USAF 8th SOS
2007-sep-17DeploymentUS LHD-1 USS Wasp To Iraq with 10 Osprey from VMM-263 in their first combat deployment
2009-may-26AircraftUS LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima NYC Fleet Week, VMM-162 MV-22B 165847
2009-aug-7AircraftUS LHD-2 USS Essex Australian Black Hawk A25-112 in the Coral Sea
2009-oct-24CommissionedUS LHD-8 USS Makin Island
2010-jun-28Port VisitUS LHD-1 USS Wasp Fleet Review: 100th anniversary of Canadian Navy visited Halifax for MARLANT Fleet Review
2010-julAircraftUS LHD-2 USS Essex RAN Sea King N16-125 in the Coral Sea
2010-julDeploymentUS 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-11AircraftUS LHD-7 USS Iwo Jima MV-22 Osprey 165844 accident
2012-apr-17DeploymentUS LHD-1 USS Wasp NOLA Navy Week visited New Orleans to commemorate War of 1812
2013-may-2DeploymentUS LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Gulf of Oman
2013-jul-15DeploymentUS LHD-6 USS Bonhomme Richard Talisman Saber 2013
2014-apr-20DeploymentUS 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-2US LHD-6 USS Bonhomme Richard with VMM-262 Ospreys aboard
2015-jul-7DeploymentUS LHD-6 USS Bonhomme Richard Talisman Sabre 2015 participated in Exercise Talisman Sabre 15. Flagship for US Expeditionary Strike Group 7.
2016-oct-8DeploymentUS 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-mayDeploymentUS LHD-6 USS Bonhomme Richard Departed Sasebo for a 4 month deployment in 7th Fleet area of operations. Returned on 25 Sep.
2017-sep-2US LHD-3 USS Kearsarge Hurricane Harvey Ready for Hurricane Harvey relief support
2017-sep-5US 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-7US LHD-1 USS Wasp Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria Relief Operations Arrived in the US Virgin Islands for Hurricane Irma relief support
2017-sep-9US 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-20DeploymentUS 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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