The US Navy’s latest amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA 7) has departed to its homeport in San Diego from Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division in Mississippi.

Constructed by the Ingalls Shipbuilding division, the America-class amphibious ships support the tilt-rotor MV-22 and F-35B Joint Strike Fighter, boosting the aviation capabilities of the Marine Corps.

To serve as the flagship of an Amphibious Ready Group, the Marine Expeditionary Units, based ashore, can deploy USS Tripoli for missions including humanitarian, disaster relief, maritime security, as well as offering air support to ground forces.

Ingalls Shipbuilding president Brian Cuccias said: “Tripoli sailing away to join the fleet is a proud moment for all of our shipbuilders, industry partners, and the hundreds of suppliers that contributed to the production of this remarkable ship.

“LHA 7 is an incredible asset that will strengthen the navy’s fleet and protect our nation. We look forward to what the future holds for Tripoli and the sailors and marines aboard her.”

LHA 7 has an enlarged hangar deck and expanded aviation maintenance facilities that provide the fleet with an aviation-centric platform.

USS Tripoli’s design features increased stowage space for parts and support equipment, as well as an expanded aviation fuel capacity.

The US Navy commissioned USS Tripoli into the fleet last month.

Earlier this month, HII Ingalls Shipbuilding division was contracted to build an additional Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) Flight III destroyer.

The contract, worth $936m, was awarded by the US Navy.