USS Wasp (LHD-1)

USS Wasp (LHD-1)

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The Wasp class amphibious assault ships of the United States Navy are designed to land forces on hostile shores, and they are the largest vessels of this type in service anywhere in the world. They are named after former aircraft carriers, United States Marine Corps battles such as the USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7), and previous amphibious assault ships. The Wasp class has an air group of helicopters that are used to ferry Marines and equipment to the shore from the ships. These helicopters are supplemented by a squadron of up to eight AV-8B Harrier II V/STOL ground-attack aircraft. Up to 20 Harriers can be embarked when the ship is used as a temporary STOVL or "Harrier Carrier." They also possess a "well"-deck for launching smaller landing craft, up to three Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) hovercraft or Landing Craft Utility (LCUs). The Wasp class ship design was derived from the earlier Tarawa class design. Tarawa class ships have a "notched" flight deck and forward sponsons, which originally carried two 5-inch Mk 45 lightweight guns, while the Wasp class has a squared-off forward flight deck and no forward sponsons. In addition, the Wasp class are 24 feet longer to better accommodate the LCAC landing craft. Each Wasp class warship has 600 hospital beds and six operating rooms. (V 1.0) #amphibious #assault #battleship #carrier #class #navy #ship #Wasp
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