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HII begins building US Navy’s LHA 8

19th October 2018 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has begun fabrication of the America-class amphibious assault ship Bougainville (LHA 8), the company announced on 16 October.

LHA 8 will retain the aviation capability of the America-class design and will add the surface assault capability of a well deck. The well deck will give the US Marine Corps the ability to house and launch two landing craft air cushion hovercraft or one landing craft utility during maritime missions.

The vessel will also feature a larger flight deck configured for Joint Strike Fighter and V-22 Osprey aircraft, which can be used for surface and aviation assaults. The additional area on the flight deck comes in part from a smaller deck house and an additional sponson.

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