US Navy commissions amphibious assault ship Tripoli

The America-class amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli during builder's trials in the Gulf of Mexico in 2019 (Photo: US Navy)

The US Navy commissioned the amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli into service on Wednesday, July 15.

Although the navy canceled the traditional public commissioning ceremony due to public health and safety restrictions on large public gatherings, Tripoli was commissioned administratively and has already transitioned to normal operations.

The seventh America-class amphibious assault ship has a length of 257 metres and a displacement of approximately 45,000 tonnes. It is designed to transport elements of a brigade-sized US Marine expeditionary unit including aircraft and landing craft.

Tripoli was built by Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division.

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