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Navy to christen the USS Tripoli — a ship that will pack helicopters, F-35s, and thousands of Marines
Once it hits the fleet around 2018, the Tripoli will join the USS America (LHA-6) on the high seas.
The Marine Corps wants small, agile ‘Lightning carriers’ with 20 F-35s to tackle China’s ‘carrier killers’
Marines call for "Lightning carriers," or an amphibious assault ship of 20 F-35Bs and an "embarked, organic aerial refueling capability" to extend their range.
The USS America produced "the most powerful concentration of combat power ever put to sea in the history of the world," according to one F-35 test pilot.
"As we all know, we can't choose the battle and the location of the battle, so sometimes we have to go into rough seas with heavy swells."
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