USS Bougainville (LHA-8)
Graphical depiction of USS Bougainville (LHA-8)
|Awarded:||30 June 2016|
|Builder:||Huntington Ingalls Industries|
|Laid down:||14 March 2019|
|Sponsored by:||Ellyn Dunford|
|Class and type:||America-class amphibious assault ship|
|Displacement:||44,971 long tons (45,693 t)|
|Length:||844 ft (257 m)|
|Beam:||106 ft (32 m)|
|Draft:||26 ft (7.9 m) (7.9 meters)|
|Propulsion:||Two marine gas turbines, two shafts, 70,000 bhp (52,000 kW), two 5,000 hp (3,700 kW) auxiliary propulsion motors.|
|Speed:||over 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)|
|Boats & landing |
|Sensors and |
|Electronic warfare |
USS Bougainville (LHA-8) is a planned America-class amphibious assault ship to be built for the United States Navy. It will be the second Navy ship to be named Bougainville. Bougainville will be built by Huntington Ingalls Industries at its shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi and is expected to be delivered to the U.S. Navy in 2024.
Bougainville officially started fabrication on 16 October 2018.
The design of Bougainville is based on USS Makin Island, itself an improved version of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship. While Makin Island has a well deck, the earlier two Flight 0 America-class ships USS America and USS Tripoli were designed and built without a well deck to make space for aircraft and aviation fuel. Bougainville will be the first Flight 1 America-class ship, and as such will include a well deck. The design of the Flight 1 America-class ships, including that of the Bougainville, adopts a compromise, incorporating a slightly smaller aircraft hangar as well as smaller medical and other spaces to fit a small well deck for surface connector operations. The island structure will also be modified to free up more room on the flight deck to accommodate maintenance of V-22s, compensating for some of the lost aircraft hangar space.
Bougainville will be the first in her class built with a redesigned and stronger main deck; the earlier America-class vessels America and Tripoli each required retrofitting in order to handle the strain of daily Marine F-35B Lightning II STOVL operations. In addition, Bougainville will incorporate the Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar (EASR) volume air search radar in lieu of the AN/SPS-48G air search radar in America and Tripoli. The Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers starting with John F. Kennedy and the planned LX(R)-class amphibious warfare ships will also have this radar.
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