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Amphibious Assault Ship USS Guam (LPH-9)
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, landing craft, amphibious vehicles, and 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 Displacement 40,533 tons Length 844 feet Beam 106 feet Draft 28 feet Shaft horsepower 70,000 Aircraft 33 Accommodations 1,321 Troops 1,894 Also    falling    under    the    category    of    an amphibious assault ship is the Tarawa-class LHA. 134.113 Figure 19-11.-Artist’s conception of USS Wasp (LHD-1). 19-12

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