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LHD 1 Wasp  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1989
Total Production: 8
Unitary Cost: USD$1.3 billion
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Northrop Grumman
Parent System: LHD 1 Wasp
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1989
Total Production: 8
Total Cost: USD$10.0 billion
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Description: The LHD 1 Wasp class amphibious assault ships are the US navy's largest amphibious ships and are designed to put troops on hostile shores. They use LCAC, LCU and helicopters to move Marine assault forces ashore. The AV-8B Harrier provides limited air defense and air dominance to LHD ships, as well as sea control through ASW helicopters. Amphibious assault ships are designed to support assault from the sea against defended positions ashore. The US Navy is the largest operator of that type of ships worldwide. The US Navy planned to procure 8 LHD ships with the last one, the LHD 8 Makin Island, commissioned in 2007.

The LHD 8 Makin Island will be the first ship of this class featuring hybrid electric drive system. It will combine electric motors for loitering speeds with two General Electric's LM2500+ gas turbines rated at 35,000 brake horsepower (bhp). The LHD 8 will become the first ever military ship to be powered by the LM2500+ gas turbines. The US Navy expects the LHD 8 ship to pave the way for this gas turbine on future naval applications. The US Navy christened Makin Island (LHD 8) on Saturday, August 19, 2006 at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

LHD 1 Wasp Applications

Fighting Ships LHA 6 America

LHD 1 Wasp Specifications

Crew: 1,108
Number of Engines: 2
Troops: 1,894
Length: 253 meter (831 foot)
Ship's Height: 31.8 meter
Total Combined Power: 70,000 shp (52 MW)
Top Speed: 10.3 mps (20 knot)
Service Life: 40 year
Full Displacement: 40,500 ton
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
Pound (lb)   Kilogram (kg)   kN (KiloNewton)   Ton (t)
Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
Year (yr)   Minutes (min)   Second (sec)
Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

LHD 1 Wasp News

There are 14 news between
3 Aug 2004 and 30 Oct 2018
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Tuesday, October 30, 2018F-35B Demonstrates Digital Air Connection with US Navy Ship Self Defense System
Friday, September 28, 2018US Marine Corps Conducts First Combat Strike Involving F-35 Aircraft Ever
Friday, October 27, 2017US Marines Fire HIMARS Rocket System from Amphibious Ship
Thursday, May 28, 2015UK and US Test F-35B Lightning II Jets at Sea
Tuesday, August 20, 2013F-35B Lightning II Accomplishes First Night Vertical Landing
Friday, August 16, 2013Two F-35B Lightning II Conducting Testing Aboard USS Wasp
Monday, November 5, 2012Raytheon Awarded US Navy Contract for Ship Self-Defense System
Tuesday, October 25, 2011USS Wasp Concludes F-35B Joint Strike Fighter Testing
Monday, October 3, 2011US Marine Corps F-35B Completes Initial Shipboard Vertical Landing Aboard USS Wasp
Monday, July 6, 2009US Navy to Conduct Maritime Laser Demonstration in Support of its Surface Fighting Ships

Operators & Related Equipment


Grand Total 81
Armored Vehicles
Auxiliary Vessels
LCAC 1x3
Combat Aircraft
AH-1W Super Cobrax4
AV-8B Harrier IIx6
Defensive Weapons
RIM-7M SeaSparrow
RIM-7P Sea Sparrow
Propulsion Systems
Protection Systems
Mk 15 Phalanx Block 1/1Ax3
Mk-31 RAMx2
Sensor Systems
Support Aircraft
CH-46E Sea Knightx12
CH-53E Super Stallionx9
MV-22C Osprey
UH-1N Hueyx4

LHD 1 Wasp Ship Listing

SerialNameStatusLaunch DateCommissionDecommission
LHD 1 USS Wasp-1989-
LHD 2 USS Essex-1992-
LHD 3 USS Kearsarge-1993-
LHD 4 USS Boxer-1995-
LHD 5 USS Bataan-1997-
LHD 6 USS Bonhomme Richard-1998-
LHD 7 USS Iwo Jima-2001-
LHD 8 USS Makin Island19 Aug 200624 Oct 2009-

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