The contract for the construction of LHA 6 America was issued on 1 on June 2007 of the year, the actual construction of the ship in Pascagoula was launched in December on 2008 of the year, and the official bookmark ceremony was made on 17 on July of 2009. UDC was launched on June 4 2012 of the year. The construction is facing delays, including due to the constant changes made to the project, so the ship’s initial deadline (August 2012 of the year) was postponed first to 2013, and now to the 2014 fiscal year. The total cost of the design and construction of the lead ship is 6,8 billion dollars, including 3,4 billion dollars - the actual cost of construction.
31 in May 2012, the corporation Huntington Ingalls Industries won the US Navy contract worth 2,38 billion for the construction of the second LHA 7 Tripoli of the same type, which will also be carried out at the Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula. The official bookmark Tripoli was scheduled for April 2013, but so far it has not taken place. The transfer of the US Navy Tripoli is scheduled for the 2018 fiscal year.
In total, the US Navy plans to build an UDC 11 type LHA 6. A feature of the first ships of the type LHA 6 (Flight 0 series) is the lack of a dock camera, which was available on the two previous types of UDC (Tarawa and Wasp). On the following ships of type America, the dock camera will apparently be restored.
Universal landing ship LHA 6 America goes to sea on factory running trials