Tripoli (LHA 7):
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Secretary of the Navy Ray
Mabus announced May 4, 2012 the selection of USS Tripoli as the name for the
Navy's next large-deck amphibious assault ship (LHA 7).
The USS Tripoli will be the third ship to bear the name Tripoli. The name
commemorates the capture of Derna in 1805 by a small force of U.S. Marines
and approximately 370 soldiers from 11 other nationalities. The battle, later
memorialized in the Marines' Hymn with the line "to the shores of
Tripoli", brought about a successful conclusion to the combined
operations of the First Barbary War. The first USS Tripoli, an escort
carrier, fought in the battle of the Atlantic during World War II. The
second, an amphibious assault ship, earned nine battle stars, a Meritorious
Unit Commendation, and a Navy Unit Commendation for service in Vietnam.
"USS Tripoli and the proud heritage the name represents will be an
inspiration for generations of sailors and Marines who serve aboard and those
who come in contact with her, reminding all the freedoms our Navy protects
are as vital today as they were centuries ago," Mabus said.
Like the future USS America (LHA 6), LHA 7 has an increased aviation capacity
to include an enlarged hangar deck, realignment and expansion of the aviation
maintenance facilities, a significant increase in available stowage for parts
and support equipment, and increased aviation fuel capacity.
The LHA 7 will use the same gas turbine propulsion plant, zonal electrical
distribution and electric auxiliary systems designed and built for the USS
Makin Island, replacing the maintenance intensive steam plants of earlier
ships. This unique auxiliary propulsion system is designed for fuel
The LHA 7 will provide a flexible, multi-mission platform with capabilities
that span the range of military operations -- from forward deployed crisis
response to forcible entry operations. The ship also will provide forward
presence and power projection as an integral part of joint, interagency and
multinational maritime expeditionary forces. The ship will operate for
sustained periods in transit to and operations in an amphibious objective
area to include: embarking, transporting, controlling, inserting, sustaining
and extracting elements of a marine air-ground task force, and supporting
forces by helicopters and tilt rotors supported by Joint Strike Fighters
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy awarded a
$2,381,448,356 contract to Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. (HII) May 31,
2012 for the detail design and construction of the future USS Tripoli (LHA
7), the Navy's next large-deck amphibious assault ship.
"I'm very proud of our Navy-Industry shipbuilding team and the
tremendous effort that has culminated in the award of this critical
shipbuilding program," said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. "This
ship will ensure that the amphibious fleet remains capable of expeditionary
warfare well into the 21st century."
The ship will be constructed at HII's Ingalls Operations in Pascagoula, Miss.
Ship delivery is expected in fiscal year 2018.
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (NNS) -- The keel laying
and authentication ceremony for the amphibious assault ship, the future USS
Tripoli (LHA 7) was held at the Huntington Ingalls Industries Pascagoula
shipyard June 20, 2014.
Ship Sponsor Mrs. Lynne Mabus and retired Lt. Cmdr. Steve Senk, the chief
engineer of the previous Tripoli (ex-USS Tripoli, LPH 10) served as the keel
authenticators. The laying of the keel traditionally marked the first step in
ship construction. With today's advanced modular shipbuilding, the keel
laying ceremony now recognizes the joining together of a ship's components
and is a major milestone in the ship's construction. Fabrication of Tripoli
started in July 2013.
"We're honored to have Mrs. Mabus with us today to confirm the ship's
keel is truly and fairly laid. Mrs. Mabus is a part of this ship's history
and together we can look forward to many more ship milestones," said
Capt. Christopher Mercer, Amphibious Warfare Program Manager within Program
Executive Office, Ships. "This keel laying ceremony marks a significant
first step in bringing shape to the Navy's next amphibious assault
Like the recently delivered America (LHA 6), LHA 7 incorporates key
components to provide the fleet with a more aviation centric platform. The
design of the future Tripoli features an enlarged hangar deck, realignment
and expansion of the aviation maintenance facilities, a significant increase
in available stowage for parts and support equipment, and increased aviation
fuel capacity. The ship will also be the first LHA replacement ship to
deliver fully ready to integrate the entire future air combat element of the
Marine Corps to include the Joint Strike Fighter.
"Like America, Tripoli boasts a very credible and capable aviation
centric design that replaces the Tarawa class of amphibious assault
ships," said Mercer. "The design brings with it increased
capabilities and will maximize the Navy's investment in future
Along with its pioneering aviation element, LHA 7 incorporates the fuel
efficient gas turbine propulsion plant, zonal electrical distribution, and
electric auxiliary systems first installed on USS Makin Island (LHD 8). LHA 7
will be 844 feet in length, will have a displacement of approximately 44,971
long tons, and will be capable of operating at speeds of over 20 knots.
"We look forward to working with the professional shipbuilders of
Huntington Ingalls Industries as LHA 7 takes shape here in Pascagoula,"
said Capt. Joe Tuite, commanding officer of Supervisor of Shipbuilding Gulf
LHA 7 is the third Navy ship to be named Tripoli. The name honors and
commemorates the force of U.S. Marines and approximately 370 soldiers from 11
other nationalities who captured the city of Derna, Libya during the 1805
Battle of Derna. The battle resulted in a subsequent peace treaty and the
successful conclusion of the combined operations of the First Barbary War.