USS America (LHA 6) Christening
HII's Ingalls Shipbuilding will christen the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship America (LHA 6) on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 10 am.
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Gen. James F. Amos, 35th commandant of the Marine Corps, will be the keynote speaker and will join Lynne Pace, wife of U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.) Gen. Peter Pace, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, when she smashes a ceremonial bottle of sparkling wine across the bow of the ship.
America (LHA 6), under construction at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss., is the first in a new class of large deck amphibious ships and the fourth United States Navy vessel named America.
CAPT. Robert A. Hall, Jr. is the ship's prospective commanding officer. He will lead a crew of 1,059 Officers and Sailors.
When America enters the fleet, she will be the flagship of an Expeditionary Strike Group, strategically positioning Marine Expeditionary Units ashore on a full spectrum of missions including humanitarian, disaster relief, maritime security, antipiracy and other operations while providing air support for ground forces.
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Join in the America conversation by using #AmericaTheShip during the christening.