US navy has successfully completed its CSSQT Trials on February 3rd 2016. CSSQT Stands for Complete Combat systems ship qualification trial.
They are preparing for its first overseas deployment at the head of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit/Amphibious Ready Group (MEU/ARG). This new class of LHA will use the added space traditionally taken up by a well deck and heavy vehicle stowage for increased aircraft hangar space, and storage for aviation maintenance and fuel.
The vessel when proposed in January become a big source of Controversy initially. Many senior officers in the USMC argued that an amphibious assault ship meant to head an MEU/ARG must have amphibious assault capability.
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