The U.S. Navy is making 14 different design changes costing an estimated $40 million on its LHA-6 amphibious ship, the USS America, to accommodate heat and downwash from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, says ship program official Capt. Chris Mercer. At the same time, Mercer says, the Navy has modified the flight decks for its LH(R) amphibious ships to accommodate some of the stresses created by V-22 Osprey takeoffs and landings, and the service has also restricted operations on Wasp-class ...


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