Future amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli completes builder's trials

The future USS Tripoli at its May 1, 2017, launching ceremony at Huntington Ingalls Industries' Pascagoula shipyard Image: US Navy The future USS Tripoli at its May 1, 2017, launching ceremony at Huntington Ingalls Industries' Pascagoula shipyard

The US Navy's second America-class amphibious assault ship (LHA), the future USS Tripoli, has successfully completed builder's trials conducted by Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division.

Dock trials and more than 200 at-sea test events were carried out on Tripoli for four days in the Gulf of Mexico, after which the vessel returned to HII's shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi, for final fitting out.

Tripoli is scheduled for commissioning within the year. It is the last America-class LHA not to be fitted with a well deck for expeditionary landing craft whereas all subsequent vessels in the class will incorporate well decks.

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