The amphibious assault ship America (LHA 6) has departed the Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division, sailing to the West Coast in preparation for her Oct. 11 commissioning in San Francisco.
The sail away has sparked considerable interest from the public who were eager to see the steel giant move across the sea in all her beauty. To get a taste of the sail away check out the video below:
America is the first ship in the U.S. Navy’s new class of amphibious assault ships. The ship is 844 feet long and 106 feet wide and displaces 44,971 long tons.
Its fuel-efficient gas turbine propulsion system can drive the ship in excess of 20 knots.
America was delivered to the U.S. Navy on April 10.
Press Release; July 13th, 2014