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Navy To Christen New San Diego-Based Ship, The USS America

The Navy plans to christen its newest amphibious assault ship on October 20. Called the USS America, the ship will eventually be homeported in San Diego.

The christening ceremony for the USS America will take in place in Pascagoula, Mississippi at 10 in the morning local time.

The soon-to-be USS America will be the first ship of its class, according to the Navy:

As the next generation "big-deck" amphibious ship, [the USS America] will be optimized for aviation, capable of supporting current and future aircraft such as the tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey and Joint Strike Fighter.

The [USS America] will use the same gas turbine propulsion plant, zonal electrical distribution system, and electric auxiliary system built for USS Makin Island. This unique auxiliary propulsion system is designed for fuel efficiency.

The future USS America will be the fourth Navy ship to bear that name.

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