The US Navy recently christened its newest America-class amphibious assault ship, USS Bougainville (LHA 8), alongside its Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

Through its Ingalls Shipbuilding division, the ceremony also honored the naming of the vessel and paid tribute to the collaborative efforts of the US Navy, the US Marine Corps, and allied forces during the World War II campaign on Bougainville Island in the Solomon Islands.

USS Bougainville (LHA 8) is the second ship named after Bougainville Island and the third America-class amphibious assault ship, which can be deployed in any highly contested conditions.

Moreover, LHA 8 is the America-class’s first Flight I ship with a reincorporated well deck to provide operational flexibility while leveraging the aviation capability inherent in the Flight 0 ships, USS America (LHA 6) and USS Tripoli (LHA 7).

Versatility of the America-Class LHA

Initiated in 2014, ships under the America-class amphibious assault ship are known to be versatile and multi-functionally designed to operate in high-density, multi-threat environments.

It serves as an integral part of various naval groups, including expeditionary strike groups, amphibious task forces, and amphibious ready groups, showcasing its adaptability and utility across diverse operational scenarios.

It can also accommodate the Marine Corps Air Combat Element, which includes the F-38B Joint Strike Fighter and the MV-22 Osprey—both critical for power projection, air superiority, and theater logistics.