US Navy takes delivery of amphibious assault ship Tripoli

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division delivered amphibious assault ship Tripoli (LHA 7) to the US Navy on February 28.

Tripoli (LHA 7) during builder’s sea trials. Photo: Derek Fountain/Huntington Ingalls Industries

Tripoli, the navy’s newest America-class unit, will be commissioned later this year before sailing to its homeport of San Diego, California.

“The LHA team is proud to witness the delivery of the 15th large-deck amphibious ship built at Ingalls,” Bryan Williams, LHA 7 program manager, said.

Tripoli is the third ship to bear the name that commemorates the capture of Derna in 1805 by a small force of Marines and nearly 370 soldiers from 11 other nations. The battle brought about a successful conclusion to the combined operations of the First Barbary War.

Ingalls is currently the sole builder of large-deck amphibious ships for the US Navy. America-class ships are designed to enhance Marine Corps aviation, capable of supporting the tilt-rotor MV-22 and F-35B Joint Strike Fighter.

When Tripoli enters the fleet, it will be the flagship of an Amphibious Ready Group, strategically positioning Marine Expeditionary Units ashore across a full spectrum of missions, including humanitarian, disaster relief, maritime security, antipiracy and other operations while providing air support for ground forces.


Amphibious assault ship Tripoli (LHA 7) passes US Navy trials