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USS Tripoli completes review meant to 'fully flex' ship's crew, systems

By Jake Thomas
USS Tripoli completes review meant to 'fully flex' ship's crew, systems
The USS Tripoli, pictured at Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., conducted it's final contract trails successfully last week and will now conduct a post-shakedown availability before tasking with the fleet. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy

Aug. 31 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy has completed the final in-depth review of its newest amphibious assault ship, the USS Tripoli, the branch announced.

The USS Tripoli completed the final contract trials, an in-depth review of its crew and systems, and will now move on to a post-shakedown availability period for maintenance and improvements, the Navy said Monday in a press release.

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The trials were conducted over four days by the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey and included evaluations in port and at sea.

The at-sea phase was designed to "fully flex the ship's crew and its systems," Navy officials said.

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The evaluation included full power runs, demonstrations of combat systems, simulated damage control situations and other scenarios.

"Tripoli is ready to significantly contribute to a larger, more lethal and more ready fleet," Capt. Cedric McNeal, program manager for Amphibious Warfare Programs iin the ships program executive office, said in the press release.

Homeported in San Diego and assigned to Amphibious Squadron 7, the USS Tripoli was christened in 2017 and commissioned in July 2020.

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The 844-foot-long USS Tripoli is meant for use in landing and supporting ground forces in amphibious assaults and will be the Navy's second America-class amphibious assault ship.

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The ship's design is intended to be more aviation-centric and includes an enlarged hangar deck and maintenance facilities, as well as more room for parts, equipment and fuel.

The ship recently conducted its first trials to test the effectiveness of its weapons system to engage and destroy incoming threats, the Navy said Monday.

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Tripoli will now undergo post-shakedown availability for maintenance and improvements before its eventual fleet tasking, the branch said.

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