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Amphibious assault ship Tripoli completes builder's sea trials at Ingalls

The amphibious assault ship Tripoli, in the Gulf of Mexico on builder's sea trials in July, 2019.

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By WARREN KULO | Alabama Media Group, Birmingham | Published: July 26, 2019

PASCAGOULA, Mississippi (Tribune News Service) — Ingalls Shipbuilding’s latest amphibious assault ship, the Tripoli (LHA 7) has successfully completed four days of builder’s sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico.

Over the course of the four days, the ship’s main propulsion, combat and other systems were put through their paces before returning to the Pascagoula shipyard.

"Congratulations to the Navy and Ingalls team for a solid LHA 7 builder’s trials,” said Ingalls president Brian Cuccias. “We have an excellent leadership team, and they will now be focusing on getting the ship ready for acceptance trials and delivery to the Navy.

"The flight deck modifications to support the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft provide an increased aviation capacity and demonstrate how an experienced team can evolve the platform to meet the current threats across the globe.”

The $2.38 billion Tripoli is the second ship in the America class. Ingalls is the lone builder of large-deck amphibious warships for the U.S. Navy. LHA 7 is the second amphibious assault ship to carry the name Tripoli built at Ingalls. The Iwo Jima-class USS Tripoli (LPH 10) was built at the Pascagoula yard in 1966 — Ingalls’ first amphibious warship.

Since then, Ingalls has constructed five Tarawa-class amphibious ships, eight Wasp-class ships, and the USS America, the first in the newest class. In addition to LHA 7, the Bougainville (LHA 8) is also under construction at Ingalls.

"We work with an amazing team of individuals who are committed to making each LHA better than the last,” said George S. Jones, Ingalls’ vice president of operations. “From our shipbuilders, test and trials crew, and our Navy Supervisor of Shipbuilding partners, there is never a doubt that when these warships go to sea for trials they go out with the confidence and dedication of our team behind them.

"We build these state-of-the-art warships for the men and women of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, and that is a responsibility our shipbuilders take great pride in, and that pride really showed during this trial.”

Like the class namesake, Tripoli is designed for survivability with increased aviation capacity, including an enlarged hangar deck, realignment and expansion of the aviation maintenance facilities, a significant increase in available stowage for parts and support equipment, and increased aviation fuel capacity.

Similar to its predecessors, the ship will be able to operate as the flagship for an expeditionary strike group.

Tripoli will be the third ship to bear the name that commemorates the capture of Derna in 1805 by a small force of U.S. Marines and approximately 370 soldiers from 11 other nations.

The battle, memorialized in the Marines’ Hymn with the line “to the shores of Tripoli,” brought about a successful conclusion to the combined operations of the First Barbary War.

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