USS Pegasus. These ships can operate in all
weather conditions and can move in heavy seas
with a stability that is usually found only in much
larger ships. The Pegasus-class PHM displaces
231 tons; is 131 feet long and 28 feet wide; and
carries a crew of 21, including officers and enlisted
personnel. It is designed for strike, patrol, and
surveillance missions. Its armament consists of a
rapid-fire, 76-mm gun and an 8-tube Harpoon
ship-to-ship missile launcher.
AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT SHIPS. Am-
phibious assault ships (general purpose) (LHAs)
and amphibious assault ships (multipurpose)
(LHDs) can embark, deploy, and land a Marine
battalion landing team. They can use helicopters,
combinations of these methods.
The newest class of amphibious assault ships is
the Wasp class. The USS Wasp (LHD-1), shown in
figure 19-11, is the largest amphibious ship in the
world. It combines many of the features of other
amphibious ships into a single ship. The electronic
and communications systems of the Wasp will
allow it to serve as a command post.
Wasp Class Data
Also falling under the category of an
amphibious assault ship is the Tarawa-class LHA.
Figure 19-11.-Artists conception of USS Wasp (LHD-1).