Keel authenticated for LHA 8
Construction of the US Navy's third America-class amphibious assault ship, Bougainville (LHA 8), is well underway at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division, with the keel laid on 14 March.
The keel laying ceremony marks the joining together of the ship’s components and is a major milestone of construction, which began in October 2018.The future USS Bougainville is the first Flight I ship of the America-class with a reincorporated well deck to increase operational flexibility while maximising the aviation capability inherent on the Flight 0 ships, America and Tripoli.
The America class accommodates the Marine Corps' Air Combat Element including the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter and MV-22 Osprey.
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