Tripoli Completes Acceptance Trials


Story Number: NNS191029-01Release Date: 10/29/2019 8:37:00 AM
A  A  A   Email this story to a friend   Print this story
From Team Ships Public Affairs

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (NNS) -- The future USS Tripoli (LHA 7) completed acceptance trials when she returned to the Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII)-Ingalls Shipbuilding Division’s shipyard following three days underway in the Gulf of Mexico.

During the underway, the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey performed a rigorous evaluation on all of the ship's major systems including propulsion, communications, navigation, combat systems and aviation capabilities.

“The capability that our large deck amphibs bring to the fight is tremendous,” said Tom Rivers, amphibious warfare program manager for Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships. “Their ability to embark Joint Strike Fighters and MV-22 Osprey enable this versatile platform to increase the lethality of our expeditionary warfighters.”

Tripoli is the second ship of the America (LHA 6) class, built to facilitate forward presence and power projection. LHA 7 is the last Flight 0 ship planned for construction and features an enlarged hangar deck, realignment and expansion of the aviation maintenance facilities, an increase in available stowage for parts and support equipment, and increased aviation fuel capacity. LHA 8 will be the first Flight I ship, reincorporating a well deck to enhance expeditionary warfighting capabilities while maintaining the principal aviation characteristics of the Flight 0 ships.

“There’s been a lot of hard work accomplished to get LHA 7 to this point”, said Capt. Nathan Schneider, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair Gulf Coast. “The team’s focus is now on delivering the LHA 7 to the fleet in the best possible condition, fully capable and ready to deploy if called upon.”

LHA 7 incorporates gas turbine propulsion plant, zonal electrical distribution, and fuel-efficient electric auxiliary propulsion systems first installed on USS Makin Island (LHD 8). LHA 7 is 844 feet in length, has a displacement of approximately 45,000 long tons and is capable of operating at speeds of over 20 knots.

HII's Pascagoula shipyard is also currently in production on Bougainville (LHA 8), the guided missile destroyers Delbert D. Black (DDG 119), Frank E. Peterson (DDG 121) Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123), Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125), and amphibious transport dock ships, Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28) and Richard M. McCool Jr. (LPD 29).

As one of the Defense Department's largest acquisition organizations, PEO Ships is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all destroyers, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships, boats and craft.

 

Get more information about the Navy from US Navy facebook or twitter.

For more news from Naval Sea Systems Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/navsea/.

 
RELATED PHOTOS
The future amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA 7) transits the Gulf of Mexico during builder's trials.
190715-N-N0101-150 GULF OF MEXICO (July 15, 2019) The future amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA 7) transits the Gulf of Mexico during builder's trials, July 15, 2019. Tripoli is the third U.S. Navy ship named for the Battle of Derne in 1805, the first land battle the United States fought overseas. Tripoli is expected to be commissioned in the summer of 2020. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of HII by Derek Fountain/Released)
October 31, 2019
Navy Social Media
Sign up for email updates To sign up for updates or to access your subscriber preferences, please click on the envelope icon in the page header above or click Subscribe to Navy News Service.