While on her maiden transit, “America Visits the Americas,” the ship circumnavigated South America testing the ship’s capabilities and strengthening relations with partner nation navies. The ship completed port visits in Callao, Peru; Cartagena, Colombia; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Valparaiso, Chile; and transited the Strait of Magellan at the southernmost point of continental South America. During the transit, America also conducted bilateral engagements with other valued partners in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility such as Uruguay and Trinidad and Tobago.
America was delivered to the Navy on April 10, after completing construction in Pascagoula, Miss. The ship is 844 feet in length and has a displacement of approximately 45,000 tons. America’s crew consists of 1,100 Sailors and can embark more than 1,500 Marines.
America is the first ship of its class, replacing the Tarawa-class of amphibious assault ships. As the next generation “big-deck” amphibious ship, America is optimized for aviation, capable of supporting current and future aircraft such as the tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey and F-35B Joint Strike Fighter.
Following commissioning in San Francisco, America will conduct operations and training within the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of responsibility.