posted on Mar, 25 2017 @ 10:32 PM
a reply to: TheBadCabbie
They're basically the same hull, but one is considered a helicopter assault ship, the other a landing craft dock. The Tarawa class LHAs have been
decommissioned, and the America has been commissioned as the first of a new class. The Tripoli is almost complete. Those two won't have a well deck,
and only aircraft to move Marines around. Starting with the Bougainville, they'll have a well deck again.
The Wasp class LHD started out as Tarawa LHAs, but were modified to allow for the AV-8B and LCAC to operate from them. The LHD has a wider flight
deck, and displaces less than the Tarawa.