USS Tarawa

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USS Tarawa LHA 1 (The Legacy Lives On)[edit]

  • USS TARAWA is the lead ship of the Navy’s first class of amphibious assault ships able to incorporate the best design features and capabilities of several amphibious assault ships currently in service: the Amphibious Assault Ship (LPH), Amphibious Transport Dock (LPD), Amphibious Cargo Ship (LKA), and Dock Landing Ship (LSD).

General Characteristics:[edit]


  • Keel Laid: 1971
  • Launched: December 1, 1973
  • Commissioned: May 29, 1976
  • Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding, West Bank, Pascagoula, Miss.
  • Propulsion system: two boilers, two geared steam turbines
  • Propellers: two
  • Aircraft elevators: two
  • Length: 833,34 feet (254 meters)
  • Flight Deck Width: 132,2 feet (40.3 meters)
  • Beam: 106,6 feet (32.5 meters)
  • Draft: 26,25 feet (8 meters)
  • Displacement: approx. 39,300 tons full load
  • Speed: 24 knots

Aircraft: - Depends Upon Mission -[edit]

Mission Scenario Alpha
  • 6 AV-8B Harrier attack planes
  • 4 AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopters
  • 12 CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters
  • 9 CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters
  • 4 UH-1N Huey helicopters

Mission Scenario Bravo
  • 6 AV-8B Harrier attack planes
  • 12 CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters
  • 9 CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters


  • 82 officers, 882 enlisted

Marine Detachment
  • 1,900+ Deployment vehicles can vary.
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  • 2 Rolling Airframe Missile Systems (RAM)
  • 4 25mm Mk 38 Gun Mounts
  • 2 Phalanx CIWS

  • 5 .50 Cal. Mounts


  • San Diego, California

Notes of Interest:[edit]

  • USS TARAWA can ballast 12,000 tons of seawater for trimming the ship to receive and discharge landing craft from the well deck.
  • USS TARAWA has a 900 horsepower bow thruster for lateral movement at low speeds that can move the bow with 20,000 lbs. of force - equivalent to half the pulling power of a diesel-electric locomotive.
  • USS TARAWA has a 300 bed hospital, four medical operating rooms, and three dental operating rooms.
  • USS TARAWA has 1,200 tons of air conditioning equipment - sufficient to environmentally control a 42 story office building or 500 average size homes.
  • USS TARAWA has an electrical power subsystem developing 14,000 kilowatts to provide electrical power for the ship - adequate electrical power to light 11,500 homes for 50,000 people.
  • USS TARAWA has two boilers - the largest ever manufactured for the United States Navy. They can generate a total of 400 tons of steam per hour, and develop 140,000 HP - equivalent to the horsepower of 700 average automobiles.
  • USS TARAWA has 9 elevators and two horizontal conveyors - more than most major department stores.

USS Tarawa Patches[edit]


  • LHA 1 EAGLE of the SEA

USS Tarawa Images[edit]

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See also[edit]

USS Tarawa CV 40