Sunday, February 2, 2014

Amphibs with a Well Deck? No Kidding.

The third incarnation of the America-class LHA will bring the well deck back to the newest class of big-deck amphibs. Eliminating the well deck in America and Tripoli never really made much sense - they're essentially small CVNs with much less capability. Even if amphibious landings are a thing of the past, humanitarian missions certainly aren't. Airlifting supplies and people is infinitely more expensive, cumbersome, and time-consuming than ballasting down the well deck and utilizing LCUs and LCACs. Between supporting the ground fighter, sending aid ashore, or evacuating civilians, Classic amphibs with well decks are certainly the right call.

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