USS America (LHA 6), the latest amphibious warship, arrived at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, her second port visit on her way to her homeport in San Diego, California. The port’s strategic position is essential to maritime strategy and serves as a cornerstone of U.S. military operations in the U.S. Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility.
USS America with its embarked 280 U.S. Marines, four MV-22B Osprey and more than 1,000 Sailors will stop in several South American countries for training exercises with partner nations, including Brazil, Chile and Peru.
Amphibious warships have a number of unique capabilities vital to the success of the U.S. Navy-Marine Corps team’s mission. Specifically engineered to sail into harm’s way, U.S. Navy amphibious warships, like LHA 6, are built for survivability, with electric and mechanical systems that are shock hardened for blast survivability. These warships have the facilities on board to store and perform the necessary maintenance on helicopters and aircraft, such as the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft.
Amphibious warships have wide band secure satellite communications, which gives them command and control capabilities, allowing them to embark an amphibious squadron or expeditionary strike group for a wide range of missions.
We will continue to provide updates on USS America’s whereabouts as we “follow USS America through the Americas.”
Read more from the U.S. Navy on USS America’s recent stop Naval Station Guantanamo Bay: http://1.usa.gov/1paFPsJ