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  • 10 Apr 2014 6:30 PM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)
     

    Published on Apr 10, 2014

    More than 900 Sailors and Marines assigned to Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) America (LHA 6) march to the ship to take custody of it. The U.S. Navy officially accepted delivery of the amphibious assault ship from Huntington Ingalls Industries during a custody transfer ceremony in Pascagoula, Miss. April 10. America is the first ship of its class, replacing the Tarawa-class of amphibious assault ships and is scheduled to be commissioned late 2014 in San Francisco.

    PASCAGOULA, Miss. (NNS) -- The Navy accepted delivery of the future USS America (LHA 6) from Huntington Ingalls Industries April 10.

    America, the lead ship of the class, is the first of the Navy's next generation amphibious assault ships which replaces the aging Tarawa class. Delivery marks the official turnover of custody of the ship from the shipbuilder to the U.S. Navy.

    "This is a great Navy and Marine Corps day," said Capt. Christopher Mercer, Amphibious Warfare program manager for the Program Executive Office, Ships. "This ship's delivery will bring significant new capability in both amphibious assault and aviation support, while enhancing forward presence around the world."

    America completed sea trials in February, with no major deficiencies identified. Following delivery, the commissioning crew will move aboard and begin shipboard training in preparation for ship sail away. The ship's commissioning is slated for late 2014 in San Francisco.

    The ship will provide forward presence and power projection throughout the world as an integral part of joint, interagency and multinational maritime expeditionary forces. Her addition to the fleet brings not only added amphibious capabilities, but also further aviation capabilities as she will be able to handle current and future aircraft such as the tilt-rotor MV-22 and the Joint Strike Fighter.

    LHA 6 uses the same zonal electrical distribution, electric auxiliary systems, and auxiliary propulsion system as the USS Makin Island (LHD 8), resulting in lower fuel, maintenance and lifecycle costs. By using these proven systems, the U.S. Navy is avoiding design and development costs often associated with a first in class ship.

    America is the first ship of the Amphibious Assault Replacement Program, LHA(R). The LHA 6 design removes the traditional well deck to include space for an enlarged hangar deck, expanded aviation maintenance facilities, and an increase in available stowage for parts, support equipment and aviation fuel. America spans an expansive 844 feet, displaces an impressive 44,971 long tons and can operate at speeds of over 20 knots.

    As one of the Defense Department's largest acquisition organizations, PEO Ships is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all destroyers, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships, and special warfare craft. Delivering high-quality war fighting assets - while balancing affordability and capability - is key to supporting the Navy's Maritime Strategy and the future of U.S. Maritime strength.


  • 04 Mar 2014 9:02 AM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

    The 2014 USS America Reunion will be held in Virginia Beach, VA

    Register with the CVA online or download a pdf registration form.

    You must make your own reservations with the hotel by calling them direct.

    You WILL NOT get the rate on their website.

    The Virginia Beach Resort Hotel and Conference Center

    2800 Shore Drive

    Virginia Beach, VA. 23451

    (757) 481-4300

    http://www.virginiabeachresort.com/

    The room rate of $89 per night will be honored from September 3, 2014 to September 17, 2014 when you mention the

    USS AMERICA CARRIER VETERANS ASSOC. REUNION 2014

  • 18 Feb 2014 1:09 PM | David Kenney (Administrator)

    You may find this recent article written by Greg Densmore, Editor at the Katy Times in Katy TX of interest. The 13 year old (Alise Gabriles ) who had worn the POW bracelet for RADM Fuller tracked him down and met him. As it turn out, the subject of the story also happens to be the wife of Mr. Densmore. He has graciously given us permission to link the article here: 

      (Click on Photo to read article)

    Click here to view story @Katy Times News

     

  • 28 Jan 2014 7:37 PM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)

    CVA SCHOLARSHIP

    The USS AMERICA CARRIER VETERAN’S ASSOCIATION, INC. (CVA) IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT ONCE AGAIN WE WILL BE OFFERING A $1000.00 SCHOLARSHIP TO A HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR WHO IS THE CHILD OR GRANDCHILD OF A CVA MEMBER, WHO SERVED ABOARD THE USS AMERICA. YOU CAN OBTAIN AN APPLICATION BY CLICKING ON THE "CVA SCHOLARSHIP" PAGE AND DOWNLOAD THE FORM AT THE BOTTOM. SEND COMPLETED APPLICATIONS TO OUR DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS, DON RICHARDSON.

    THE CUTOFF DATE FOR THE CVA TO RECEIVE COMPLETED APPLICATIONS IS

    JUNE 1, 2014.

  • 25 Jan 2014 12:37 PM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)

    The CVA Board of Directors will meet on 3 May 2014

    10:30 am

    at the

    Best Western Sovereign Hotel

    1228 Western Ave.

    Albany,  New York 12203

    (518) 489-2981

    www.sovereignhotels.com

    a room rate of $82 per night is available when you book using the code USS America

    you must make your reservation by April 11, 2014

    The CVA Board Meetings are open to all CVA Members

  • 04 Jan 2014 12:53 PM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)

     The CVA Board of Directors has been busy working with our Director of Reunions planning for Reunion 2014. 

    You must make your own reservations with the hotel

    by calling them direct.

    You WILL NOT get the group rate on thier website.

    The Virginia Beach Resort Hotel and Conference Center

    2800 Shore Drive

    Virginia Beach, VA. 23451

    (757) 481-4300   http://www.virginiabeachresort.com/

     

    The room rate of $89 per night will be honored from September 3, 2014 to September 17, 2014 when you mention the

    USS AMERICA CARRIER VETERANS ASSOC. REUNION 2014 

    We all are looking forward to seeing you in September.

  • 13 Dec 2013 12:32 PM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)

      The CVA Board of Directors will meet on the following dates in 2014

    May 3, 2014

    July 26, 2014

    September 12, 2014

    October 25, 2014

  • 22 Nov 2013 8:06 AM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)

    After failed attempts to save the USS America CVA/CV66 and then further attempts to have a new Carrier named America, the CVA had changed course and was able to put the name AMERICA back to sea. The LHA6 America, Christened in October of 2012 and having just finished her first builder’s trails, will be commissioned in late Aug. early Sept. of 2014.

    Our former shipmate and life member of the CVA William Schmidt is the Social Media Manager
    Commissioning Committee for USS America - LHA 6. He has asked the CVA for its support in making this commissioning become a reality.

    Tom Tramantano

    President

    Dear USS America Shipmates:

    I served aboard USS America from 1967 - 1969 in the Medical Department's H Division. Most of my time during the Vietnam deployment was spent as Medical Night Master at Arms. I may have even sutured a few of you who had the misfortune of walking into an aircraft wing, fallen down a ladder or had a rough night out on liberty. I left USS America as an HM 2 at age 20 about 5 months after we returned from Vietnam. My Navy training and experience aboard America was a solid foundation for the rest of my life.

    With that introduction, I'd like to ask you a favor. If you loved our "America" as much as I did, would you please visit and "Like" the Facebook Page "Commissioning USS America - LHA 6". This is the official Facebook Page that I created and maintain for the USS America’s Commissioning Committee. Once there, please follow the link to the official Commissioning Committee Web Page and sign up for updates. Would you also please consider contributing to this cause? I plan on being there for the commissioning ceremony in September 2014. I hope to see you there too, as the name “USS America” returns to duty on the seas.

    Thank you.

    Best Wishes,

    William H Schmidt
    Social Media Manager
    Commissioning Committee for USS America - LHA 6
    &
    Past Commander - New York Commandery
    Vice Commander General - Commandery Support
    Naval Order of the United States

    https://www.facebook.com/commissioningamericalha6
    http://commissioningamerica.org/

  • 11 Nov 2013 6:59 PM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)

    Once again the CVA was represented by an outstanding group

     

    of former shipmates.

  • 16 Oct 2013 1:08 PM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)
    Special thanks to Geoffrey McDermott for supplying the photos that were once lost with the website crash.  Please visit http://www.ussamerica.org/rest to view the images
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