US Navy Amphibious Assault Ship USS America (LHA 6) Test Fires RIM-116 Missile
US Navy Amphibious Assault Ship USS America (LHA 6) Test Fires RIM-116 Missile

US Navy Amphibious Assault Ship USS America (LHA 6) Test Fires RIM-116 Missile

The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) fired a RIM-116 rolling airframe missile, during routine operations, while underway in the Philippine Sea, January 24. The crew aboard the ship detected, tracked, and engaged a target to maintain proficiency of the onboard weapons systems and confirm the crew’s warfighting readiness. USS America with Amphibious Squadron 11 and USS Green Bay (LPD 20) are sailing as the America Amphibious Ready Group to create a warfighting team committed to maintaining freedom of navigation and stability in the area of operations.

“The ship has to always be ready to deploy a lethal combat capability if necessary,” said Capt. Shockey Snyder, America’s commanding officer. This evolution reminds every Sailor aboard this ship that they, as tactical watchstanders, are the tip of the spear and we are ready to execute the nation’s defense strategy.

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“This exercise demonstrated our team’s ability to work together, coordinate across multiple departments, and ultimately execute safely and effectively. We demonstrated that through the hard work of our technicians and logistics support,” said Cmdr. Avery Wilson, America’s operations officer.

Fire Controlman 2nd Class William Crank, left, from Redding, Pennsylvania, and Fire Controlman 2nd Class Aaron Hanks, from Carson City, Nevada, both assigned to the forward-deployed amphibious assault carrier USS America (LHA 6), load a Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) into a RAM launcher during a missile handling evolution while underway, Jan. 10.
Fire Controlman 2nd Class William Crank, left, from Redding, Pennsylvania, and Fire Controlman 2nd Class Aaron Hanks, from Carson City, Nevada, both assigned to the forward-deployed amphibious assault carrier USS America (LHA 6), load a Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) into a RAM launcher during a missile handling evolution while underway, Jan. 10. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cole Pursley)e Pursley)

America, lead ship of the America Amphibious Ready Group, is operating in the 7th Fleet area of operations. 7th Fleet is the U.S. Navy’s largest forward-deployed numbered fleet, and routinely interacts and operates with Allies and partners in preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific region. USS America (LHA-6), is an amphibious assault ship of the United States Navy and the lead ship of the America-class amphibious assault ship. The fourth U.S. warship to be named for the United States of America, she was delivered in spring of 2014, replacing Peleliu of the Tarawa class. America’s original homeport was San Diego, California, until in 2019 it was changed to Sasebo, Japan.

Her mission is to act as the flagship of an expeditionary strike group or amphibious ready group, carrying part of a Marine expeditionary unit into battle and putting them ashore with helicopters and V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, supported by F-35B Lightning II aircraft and helicopter gunships. The ship’s design is based on USS Makin Island, but to allow more room for aviation facilities she does not have a well deck, and has smaller medical spaces. With a displacement of 45,000 tons, she is as large as many other countries’ aircraft carriers and can fulfill similar missions when configured with 20 F-35B strike fighters.

US Navy Amphibious Assault Ship USS America (LHA 6) Test Fires RIM-116 Missile
The forward-deployed amphibious assault carrier, USS America (LHA 6), fires a RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile during routine operations while underway in the Philippine Sea, Jan. 24. America, lead ship of the America Amphibious Ready Group, is operating in the 7th Fleet area of operations. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Thomas B. Contant)

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