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  • 14 Sep 2014 6:03 PM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)


    REUNION 2016


  • 11 Jul 2014 11:35 AM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)

    PASCAGOULA, Miss. (NNS) -- The future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) departed in commission without ceremony from Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss., July 11 in transit to its homeport of San Diego.

    America is scheduled to be formally commissioned during a ceremony in San Francisco, California Oct. 11, witnessed by the friends and family of the ship's 1,100 plankowners. The Navy officially accepted delivery of the ship from Ingalls Shipbuilding during a ship custody transfer ceremony, April 10.

    America earned commission status after the crew successfully completed the light-off assessment, anti-terrorism force protection certification and crew certification. These are the three major inspections needed before a U.S. Navy warship can get underway for the first time.
    "This is the beginning, but we have a long way to go," said Capt. Robert A. Hall Jr., America's commanding officer, to his crew during an all hands call. "You guys make the foundation. What we do from this point forward will dictate the kind of ship America's going to be, and I'm excited to get out there and introduce her to the fleet."

    America is scheduled to transit U.S. Southern Command's area of responsibility (AOR) throughout the next couple months. During the transit, referred to as "America Visits the Americas," the ship will engage in cooperative maritime security operations with partner nations in order to maintain access, enhance interoperability and build enduring partnerships that foster regional security in the AOR. In addition, America will embark more than 300 Marines assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) South.

    The ship will visit Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Peru as well as Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba while also conducting engagements with other valued partners in the AOR. These nations are valued friends and partners and the visits to these ports will enhance these partnerships. During these port visits, the ship's military and civilian crew may have the opportunity to experience the rich culture of their host nation and to serve as goodwill ambassadors. Additionally many of America's Sailors and Marines will have the chance to volunteer for enhancement projects at local schools, orphanages, and other facilities.

    America is the first ship of its class, replacing the Tawara-class of amphibious assault ships. As the next generation "big-deck" amphibious ship, America is optimized for aviation, capable of supporting current and future aircraft such as the tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey and F-35B Joint Strike Fighter.

    U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command / U.S. 4th Fleet and U.S. Marine Forces South support U.S. Southern Command's joint and combined military operations by employing maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations in order to maintain access, enhance interoperability, and build enduring partnerships in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.

  • 18 Jun 2014 9:30 AM | David Kenney (Administrator)

    In coordination with the U.S. Navy Memorial, we invite all former crew members of USS America CVA/CV-66, friends & family of USS America Carrier Veterans Association to sponsor the placement of a 22" bronze Lone Sailor statue in tribute to all those who served on the revered USS America CVA/CV-66. The statue will be installed aboard the USS America LHA-6 at her commissioning on 11 October 2014 in San Francisco, California. 

    Click here for more information on how you can donate!

  • 07 Jun 2014 8:21 PM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)

    It's Official

    The USS America LHA 6 will be commissioned on

    October 11, 2014 in San Francisco, CA.

  • 16 May 2014 6:57 PM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)

    For any of The America's crew who may have served onboard the Intrepid, here is an opportunity to share your story.

    April 2015 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Fall of Saigon. To commemorate this anniversary, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will open a temporary exhibition about the Vietnam War in the spring of 2015. As many of you know so well, Intrepid was one of more than twenty U.S. Navy aircraft carriers deployed to Vietnam. The ship and crew served three tours of duty in the Vietnam War between 1966 and 1969.

    The Intrepid Museum’s exhibition will use the experiences of Intrepid’s crew as a lens for understanding the history of the war with a particular emphasis on the role of the U.S. Navy. The exhibition will use the Museum’s largest artifact undefined the aircraft carrier Intrepid undefined to convey the day-to-day experiences of the sailors, aviators and marines who served on board the ship in the Gulf of Tonkin.

    Click on Read More to see how you can tell your story.


    Information from former crew members will help us bring these spaces to life.

                Did you serve on board Intrepid during the Vietnam War?

    Do you know someone who did?

                Do you have any stories, photographs, documents or other information from this period?

    If you have anything to share, please contact the Museum by email at or by phone at (646) 381-5241.


    The Exhibits/Collections Department

  • 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.

  • 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)




    AUGUST 31, 2014

    FOR THE 2015 - 2016


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

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

    October 25, 2014 (Albany, NY)

  • 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


    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

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