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Inside USS America (LHA 6)

The future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) approaches Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, for a scheduled port visit, Aug. 5, 2014. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John Scorza/Released)

The Navy will commission its newest amphibious assault ship, USS America (LHA 6), during a 1 p.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, October 11, 2014, in San Francisco, Calif., that you can watch here.USS America is the first ship of its class, replacing the Tarawa class of amphibious assault ships. Go inside America with …

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Maiden Transit of USS America a Total Success: People, platforms, power and partnerships, realized through the pride, professionalism, patriotism and passion of our Sailors and Marines


By Rear Adm. Frank L. Ponds Commander Task Force 49 Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 3 During our recent transit through the Strait of Magellan, USS America (LHA 6) received a special visit from the Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. After dinner with the crew, SECNAV was greeted with applause …

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101st Birthday of CVN 78 Namesake Recognized

The aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) pier side at Newport News Shipbuilding, April 9, 2014. CVN 78 is the first of a new class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers under construction at Newport News Shipbuilding for the U. S. Navy. The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) is undergoing inactivation in the background. (Photo courtesy of Ricky Thompson, Newport News Shipbuilding)

By Rear Adm. Moore This week, we celebrate the 101st birthday of former President Gerald Ford, namesake of the CVN 78-Class, as well as CVN 78 herself. We have made tremendous progress since the launch of the ship in November 2013, having nearly completed installation of all major ship’s systems. …

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LCS Virtual Training a Reality

The U.S. Navy has the most advanced and complex aircraft, submarines, unmanned vehicles and weapon systems that enable our Sailors to defend our nation. The Navy’s newest class of ship, the littoral combat ship, is a huge part of what makes the U.S. Navy unique and, with their new virtual training, …

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Saying Farewell to Rentz

The guided-missile frigate USS Rentz (FFG 46) participates in the start of the annual UNITAS multinational maritime exercise in the Caribbean Sea, Sept. 9, 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Corey Barker/released)

By Cmdr. Lance Lantier As Rentz’ final commanding officer, I can tell you that this ship is going out with a bang. Like any ship, with age come unique challenges – and Rentz Sailors showed what a 30-year-old frigate with 30-year-old SH-60B helicopters are capable of. But, the thing I …

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USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) Facts

An AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter assigned to the 4th Aerial Reconnaissance Battalion (Attack), 2nd Aviation Regiment, lands on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) in the East China Sea, April 11. Bonhomme Richard is the lead ship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Achterling/Released)

The U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) is engaged in search and rescue operations, April 17, near the site of Korean passenger ship Sewol that sank near the island of Jindo off the southwestern coast of the Republic of Korea. Advanced platforms like USS Bonhomme Richard allow …

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