The amphibious assault ship USS America completed a brief underway off Southern California on Thursday following an extended period of scheduled maintenance.
During the four-day underway period, the San Diego-based ship’s crew tested a number of shipboard systems, including damage control, navigation and the propulsion plant.
“Our first underway in 51 weeks was a success,” said Capt. Daniel Nowicki, USS America’s commanding officer. “Everyone worked together as a team to bring her to life and take her back out to sea. It felt great!”
The $37 million maintenance project included upgrades to the flight deck to support the Marines’ new F-35B stealth fighters, which generate intense heat during vertical take-offs and landings.
The America is the Navy’s newest amphibious assault ship and the first in its class. The second in the class, the USS Tripoli, was launched in 2017.
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