American shipbuilding agency Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has launched the US Navy’s third America-class amphibious assault ship named “Bougainville.”
The vessel was launched into the Pascagoula River in southeastern Mississippi final week, following a collection of preparation and dry dock trials.
In line with HII, the Bougainville is the primary ship within the America class to be constructed with a properly deck, supporting floor assault functionality.
The boat could have the identical aviation capabilities as different ships inside the class whereas including a bigger flight deck configured for the F-35B and MV-22 Osprey.
The amphibious assault ship is predicted to be delivered to the US Navy in 2024.
In October 2022, the US Navy awarded HII a $2.4-billion contract to assemble the USS Bougainville.
It said that the brand new ship ought to be capable to function in a excessive density, multi-threat atmosphere and function an integral member of an expeditionary strike group, an amphibious job pressure, or an amphibious prepared group.
It should additionally be capable to accommodate over 1,000 personnel and journey at speeds greater than 20 knots (37 kilometers/23 miles per hour).
The vessel should additionally function top-of-the-line medical services with full working suites and triage capabilities.
The US Navy already has two operational amphibious assault ships underneath America class: the USS American delivered in 2014 and the USS Tripoli handed over to the service in early 2020.