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This LHA combines many of the features of other amphibious  ships  into  a  single  platform,  as  does the LHD. Both the LHD and the LHA carry NATO Sea   Sparrow   missiles   and   the   20-mm   Vulcan Phalanx close-in weapon system (CIWS). Tarawa Class Data Displacement 39,300 tons Length 778 feet Beam 106 feet Draft 27.5 feet Shaft horsepower 70,000 Aircraft 30 Accommodations 800 Troops 1,825 Another    amphibious    assault     ship     (LPH) designed  to  embark,  transport,  and  land  marines by means of transport helicopters is the Iwo Jima class (fig. 19-1 2). When not used in an amphibious role,   LPHs   have   the   capability   of   assisting   in antisubmarine warfare. Iwo Jima Class Data Displacement 18,000 tons Length 602 feet Beam 84 feet Draft 29 feet Shaft horsepower 22,000 Helicopters 20 CH-46s Accommodations 1,075 Officers/troops 143/1,581 13.86 Figure 19-12.-Amphibious assault ship USS Guam (LPH-9). 19-13

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