The U.S. Navy’s newest America-class amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA 7) arrives at its new homeport at Naval Base San Diego, the service has introduced.
At the announcement, the U.S. Navy reported that the newest America-class amphibious assault ship, USS Tripoli arrived at Naval Base San Diego following its commissioning and subsequent sail round South America this summer time.
“Our Sailors did an outstanding job in getting Tripoli safely to our new homeport of San Diego,” mentioned Capt. Kevin Meyers, Tripoli’s commanding officer. “Now, we shift our focus to preparing this ship for her future mission: supporting combat operations and providing humanitarian assistance around the globe, in the air, on land, and sea.”
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Tripoli, the one America-class amphibious assault ship in San Diego, joins the Wasp-class giant deck amphibious assault vessels USS Essex (LHD 2), USS Boxer (LHD 4), USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), and USS Makin Island (LHD 8). As the biggest amphibious ship on the waterfront, Tripoli serves as an LHD variant designed to accommodate the Marine Corps’ future Air Combat Element (ACE) together with the F-35B Lightning II and MV-22 Osprey.
“Tripoli serves as a fine example of our Sailors’ ability to learn, adapt, and continuously improve even in the face of uncertainty,” mentioned Capt. Jennifer Ellinger, commodore of Amphibious Squadron (CPR) 7. “The ship’s arrival here today is exciting and the crew has worked diligently to get to this point.”
Tripoli’s arrival brings roughly 1,100 Sailors and their members of the family to the San Diego space.
“It will be nice to get the ship to her homeport in San Diego, a city that is renowned for its continuing support of our service members,” mentioned Master Chief Alicia Harrison, Tripoli’s appearing Command Master Chief. “This crew has not ceased to amaze me in how they have risen to every challenge from ship’s delivery, to crew move aboard, to operating under new health guidelines, to sail around.”
Tripoli is the second LHA to be delivered to the Navy, and the third in naval historical past to bear the title which harkens again to the primary U.S. battle fought on overseas soil. The title Tripoli was beforehand assigned to a Casablanca-class escort service which noticed service in the Second World War. Later, the primary amphibious assault ship with the title USS Tripoli (LPH 10) served in Vietnam and through the Gulf War.
Tripoli was constructed in Pascagoula, Mississippi, by Huntington Ingalls Industries. Prior to departing for San Diego, Tripoli’s crew carried out a 14-day restriction of motion (ROM) in accordance with U.S. Navy pre-deployment pointers. In addition, the Navy cancelled the ship’s conventional commissioning ceremony as a COVID mitigation measure. The Navy commissioned Tripoli through naval message on 15 July and transitioned the ship into service as scheduled.