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  • The amphibious assault ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) America (LHA 6) returns to Ingalls Shipyard from acceptance trials, where the ship's main propulsion, communications, steering, navigation and radar systems were tested. America will be the first ship of its class, replacing the Tarawa-class of amphibious assault ships. The ship was christened on Oct. 20, 2012 and is  undergoing construction in Pascagoula, Miss.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Lewis Hunsaker (Released)  140131-N-LQ799-082
  • An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 311 prepares to land on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). America is conducting maritime training operations off the coast of California. The ship is the first of its class and is optimized for Marine Corps aviation.  U.S. Navy photo by Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman John Kelvin Chavez (Released)  150225-N-ZZ999-004
  • An MV-22 Osprey, assigned to the "White Knights" of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 165, prepares for take-off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) during flight operations. America is underway conducting maritime exercises with partner nations for Rim of the Pacific 2016. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ryan Riley (Released)  160730-N-MZ309-046
  • U.S. Air Force F-16 aircrafts from the Wild Ducks of the 309th Fighter Squadron fly over the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) during a training exercise. America is conducting combat systems testing off the coast of California.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan Riley (Released)  150427-N-MZ309-124
  • U.S. Marines assigned to combat cargo on board the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) prepare to offload an armored personnel transport vehicle via a CH-53E Super Stallion cargo helicopter assigned to Heavy Marine Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 463 from the ship's flight deck. America is underway conducting maritime exercises with partner nations for Rim of the Pacific 2016. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea-lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle Goldberg (Released)  160730-N-VR008-360
  • The amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) test-fires a NATO Sea Sparrow surface-to-air missile to intercept a remote-controlled drone during an exercise to test the ship's defense capability. America is the first of its class and is optimized for Marine Corps aviation.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Vladimir Ramos (Released)  150312-N-CC789-005
  • Ship's Sponsor Lynne Pace smashes a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow of the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) America (LHA 6). With Pace are commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, left, Capt. Robert A. Hall Jr., America's prospective commanding officer, and Ingalls Shipbuilding President Irwin F. Edenzon. America's Sailors are Warfighters, a fast and flexible force deployed worldwide. Join the conversation on social media using #warfighting.  U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Ingalls Shipbuilding (Released)  121020-O-ZZ999-001
  • Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens holds an all-hands call with Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) America (LHA 6). Stevens also met with senior leaders and toured the ship.   U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Lewis Hunsaker (Released)  131211-N-LQ799-068

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