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US Navy amphibious assualt ships
Latest update: January 2019
Abbr.: Order and inventory status information: Abbr.: Order and inventory status information:
COMPTUEX Composite Training Unit Exercise LHD Landing Helicopter Deck
CV Multi-purpose aircraft carrier MEU Marine Expeditionary Unit
CVA Aircraft Carrier, Attack PCU Pre-Commissioning Unit
CVN Nuclear-powered Aircraft Carrier PIA Planned Incremental Availability (PIA)
CVW Carrier Air Wing RCOH Mid-life Refueling and Complex Overhaul
LHA Landing Helicopter Assault USS United States Ship
LHA(R) Landing Helicopter Assault (replacement)    
Amphibious Assualt Ships
USN Amphibious Assault Ships Commission Home port State Fleet MEU Status
USS America (LHA 6) 11-10-14 San Diego California Pacific 15 MEU Homeport
PCU Tripoli (LHA 7)           Under construction
PCU Bougainville  (LHA 8)           Under construction
USS Wasp (LHD 1) 29-07-89 Sasebo Japan Pacific 31 MEU Deployed
USS Essex (LHD 2) 17-10-92 San Diego California Pacific 13 MEU Deployed
USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) 16-10-93 Norfolk Virginia Atlantic 22 MEU Deployed
USS Boxer (LHD 4) 11-02-95 San Diego California Pacific 11 MEU Deployed
USS Bataan (LHD 5) 20-09-97 Norfolk Virginia Atlantic   Southern California
USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) 15-08-98 San Diego California Pacific   Homeport
USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) 25-03-00 Mayport Florida Atlantic 24 MEU Homeport
USS Makin Island (LHD 8) 24-10-09 San Diego California Pacific   Homeport
Amphibious Assualt Ships maintenance

Planned Incremental Maintenance.


Mid-life Refueling and Complex Overhaul done at Norfolk, Virginia. Newport News Shipbuilding is the only facility conducting the midlife refueling. During RCOH the ship will be refuelled and receive modifications. The entire process takes over four years to complete. All aircraft Nimitz class carriers will undergo the RCOH halfway of their expected 50 year service life.
Amphibious Assualt Ships news
The Amphibious Assault Ships deploy as either an Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) or Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) together with  accompanying ships). A Marine Expeditionary Unit is embarked on the Ready/Strike group.