SLIDESHOW: Navy's USS America

SLIDESHOW: Navy's USS America

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When you have a ship this big, it's a big deal for the US Navy and a big deal for the hundreds of men and women who put it together.  Dozens of sailors march to and aboard the America.  The Navy and Ingalls signed the paperwork and cut the cake to turn over this massive new ship the people who will be using it.  

“It's bitter sweet because you do miss the people you work with everyday you get to know the crew, captain, so you establish new relationships,” says LHA 6 Program Director George S. Jones.  

Nearly 1,100 sailors will be on board on a regular basis but it has room for another 1,600 depending on the Marines needed for different missions. The ship is so new--and so big it was challenging to get around the ship.  They took us from the bridge--through the bowels of the ship.  It's so big Ingalls couldn't do all the work.  The USS America was in Mobile at BAE Systems to get some work done under its hull.

“Well we just looked at the most economical way to do it and BAE was the way to go,” says Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias.  It's a ship geared to do--well—anything.

“From presence to power project, to humanitarian, disaster response, raids, assaults, very multi capable ship,” says Commanding Officer Captain Robert Hall.  The ship and crew will spend three more months here running drills and training before heading to a more permanent home in San Diego.
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