USS America (LHA 6) completes total ship survivability trial


The US Navy's USS America (LHA 6) America-class amphibious assault ship has completed total ship survivability tests (TSST) off the coast of California.

TSST activities were conducted over a four-day period in order to assess the ship's systems and procedures following a simulated conventional weapon hit.

The trials included evaluating the ship's ability to contain and control damage and respond to personnel casualties, as well its restore and continue mission capabilities.

TSST team member Electrician Mate 1st Class William Isom said: "For the past four days we've been at general quarters where we fought simulated fires in multiple spaces, in addition to restoring power during various electrical failures and combating the ship's fire main pressure being down.”

"For the past four days we've been at general quarters where we fought simulated fires in multiple spaces, in addition to restoring power during various electrical failures."

More than 1,600 Marines participated in the exercise, and saw crew members handle various simulated damage control scenarios, including fire, smoke, electrical failure, flooding, ruptured piping, and structural failure.

USS America is the first ship of its class, which was designed to replace the Tarawa-class of amphibious assault ships.

It is an aviation-centric amphibious assault vessel that will be used to support marine aviation requirements, ranging from small-scale contingency operations of an expeditionary strike group, to forcible entry missions in major theatres of war.

The ship is currently conducting Amphibious Squadron / Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration operations with a crew of more than 1,000 sailors and 1,600 embarked marines.


Image: Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class Zoe Nelson conducts total ship survivability training in the hangar bay aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ramon Go / Released.