Welcome!

The USS AMERICA (LHA 6) Commissioning Committee welcomes you! We are honored that the US Navy chose San Francisco to welcome the fourth ship bearing our nation’s name into the fleet.

Captain Bob Hall, the ship’s Commanding Officer, describes her thus:

USS AMERICA (LHA 6) will be the fourth U. S. Navy vessel named after our country and will showcase the strength, resolve and commitment of a great nation. She is characterized as an aviation-centric amphibious assault ship designed to operate the U. S. Marine Corps next generation of aircraft, the MV-22 Osprey and F-35B Joint Strike Fighter and to support the Marines across the full spectrum of military operations.  AMERICA’S motto:  “Bello Vel Pace Paratus”, translates to “Prepared in War or Peace”, representing the capability of this awesome warship to strike mightily in wartime, be a deterrent in peacetime, and to lead humanitarian and disaster response efforts in times of need.  AMERICA will be a flagship for 21st century operations.

We will work hard to assure that this great new ship receives the Commissioning event she deserves, but we will need the help of many, many patriotic Americans! Soon we will show you how you can contribute treasure and talent to this effort.

So visit this site often to stay up to date. Better yet, sign up to receive notices of news by clicking the “Get USS AMERICA News!” button to your right. Thanks!

©2013 Thomas L Snyder

52 Responses to Welcome!

  1. Mike Aquino says:

    I served aboard USS America CV 66.and would be honored to attend her commissioning ! Pls notify me of events

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  3. Ken Griffin says:

    So will USS Amercia commision next Sept as reported in Navy Times? If so how can get ticket to attend the cermoney? I attended in past the commissioning for USS TEXAS USS TRUXTAN USS INDPENDENCE & USS Fort Worth.

  4. ken griffin says:

    So how can get ticket to commissioning cermoney in SF next Sept ?

  5. Tom Snyder says:

    Mr Griffin, stand by; we’re formulating our reply. — the webmaster

  6. Daniel A. Caruso says:

    I also would like to know when and where exactly this is going to take place. My father served on the shakedown and maiden cruise of USS America CV/CVA 66. I would like to get him tickets and access to this event also. Thanks

  7. Cornel L. Choskey says:

    My wife and I would very much like to attend the commisioning ceremony.
    How would we go about getting tickets?
    Also, my wife is disabled, would there be a wheelchair section?.
    Thank you very much

  8. Greetings,
    USS AMERICA (CVA 66) was my first duty station. ADM Thomas B. Hayward (then CAPT) was our skipper. I still keep in touch with ADM Hayward, who resides in the Seattle area. I’m assuming that your committee is aware of this and will be inviting him to be a special guess during the commissioning.
    As chairman of the USS DETROIT (LCS 7) BLUE & GOLD COMMITTEE, I would also be interested in receiving an invitation to the commissioning ceremony.

  9. A Schwend says:

    my daughter is going to be on this ship and I am so proud of her ….. cannot wait for the ceremony

  10. Frank Hetzler says:

    When are we going to know the actual date (in Sept)? I want to make my attendance plans as soon as possible. Thank You.

    • At this point, the ships’s schedule is somewhat fluid: as AMERICA goes through her acceptance trials, items may come up that need to be addressed before she is ready to be accepted into the fleet. One such issue has resulted in the Tentative Commissioning date to be pushed back to “late September / early October”. While we do not expect additional delays, “flexibility” must be our byword.

  11. Debbie says:

    My Son will also be on this ship.

  12. David and Glenda says:

    Our son will be on this ship and we would love to attend the commissioning ceremony!!

  13. Liz K says:

    My husband will be joining the USS America crew in May. We have cousins in San Francisco; will they be able to volunteer to help at the commissioning ceremony?

  14. Donna Frick says:

    My son will be on this ship also. He is very honored to be a part of this crew of this amazing new ship.

  15. Walt Waite says:

    The members of the USS AMERICA Carrier Veterans Association couldn’t be more proud. We attended the keel authentication ceremony and christening in Pascagoula, MS. and can’t wait to attend the commissioning. We are honored to be part of the effort to bring LHA-6 to life and are responsible for her being names AMERICA.
    Walt Waite
    Vice President
    USS AMERICA
    Carrier Veterans Association

  16. GM3 Anders says:

    I am currently assigned to this command. They have not put word out on this “invitation only” subject. How can I get my wife, aunt and uncle on the list?

    • GM3, our understanding is that the ship’s crew and immediate family will automatically receive invitations for the Commissioning ceremony. Please check with your chain of command on this, and also how you aunt and uncle should be handled.

      • Rhonda says:

        MY SON WILL BE ON THIS SHIP AND WE ARE ON THE LIST FOR THE CEREMONY. WE ARE TRYING TO FIND OUT WHAT NAVAL BASE IT WILL BE AT IN SAN FRANCISCO SO WE CAN MAKE ARRANGEMENTS. CAN THIS INFO BE GIVEN AT THIS TIME??

      • Rhonda, It’s great that your son will have the honor to serve in the ship named for our nation! The Commissioning Ceremony will be at Pier 30-32, on San Francisco’s Embarcadero. You can check the “Attending the Ceremony” page of the website for a map of the area. We encourage the use of public transport, and, fortunately, the Embarcadero & Brannon St muni rail / bus stop is virtually across the street from the pier.

  17. My daughter will be on this ship!

  18. thomas f mcmahon DDS says:

    I also was aboard CVA-66 with Adm.Hayward,as well as Adm.Turner and Rumble.Very proud of our ships name and wish her new namesake God Speed.She has a fine tradition of excellence to pursue.Thomas F.McMahon DDS

    • Walt Waite says:

      Thomas, I was aboard AMERICA 67-68 in 2nd div. Had a tooth pulled by Cdr. McKean. He had the tooth out before I knew what had happened. Happy to meet you.
      Walt Waite
      V.P.
      USS AMERICA
      Carrier Veterans Association

  19. Greer Rossen says:

    My daughter is on this ship. So proud of her and the fact she is on the America. She is beaming with pride about this ship. :-)

  20. lipan1943 says:

    Eloy Ashton Heras DSC USN RET USS America CVA 66 1966-68.

  21. LCDR C J Weber USN (Ret) says:

    I served in CVA-66 in 1967-69 as a GMT3. A charter, lifetime member of the USS America Carrier Veterans Assoc. I’ll be out West in Sep-Oct ’14 and hope to be there for the commissioning.

    • Richie Confort says:

      Good to hear this. If you have a name tag maybe we’ll bump into you & shake hands. My wife & I are scheduling on attending as well. Richie Confort, AM-2, V-6 Div., Plank-owner CVA-66, 1964-67, also life time charter member CVA-66 Assn. – Ret. Det. NYPD. See you there or at Fisherman’s Wharf

      • Chuck Weber says:

        Okay shipmate, good deal. I just hope that I can get one of those invitations to attend.

      • Walt Waite says:

        Looking forward to meeting you all in San Francisco.
        Walt Waite

  22. Rob Lane says:

    Not only did LHA-6 come from my old home town, my Father helped build the Newest USS America as he did for my Previous Ship LHA-1 USS TARAWA , I want to plan on attending the Commissioning , so plz send info about attending thank you for your time.

    • Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, the Commissioning is booked solid, and the Navy has closed the Invitations system.
      Please see our “Support USS AMERICA’s Commissioning” page for another way to participate.

  23. Kathryn says:

    I was wondering if there is any mail allowed to be sent to the sailors while at sea? If so, where can I receive more information? Thanks in advance!

    • I’m not sure that the ship will receive mail when she’s actually at sea; but she will be making several port calls en route to San Francisco, and mail presumably will be delivered then. The mailing address for crewmembers can be found on the ship’s website, here. Look for the “PCU AMERICA” little gray box near the bottom of the page.

  24. Kenny Koger says:

    I am proud to say that my daughter is on this ship. She dreamed of being a foreign exchange student but that didn’t work out. I am excited that she is getting this opportunity to server our country and see other parts of the world.

    • Richie Confort says:

      She’ll love it. I was a punk, wise guy kid going no-where in 1963 from New York City. Assigned to CVA-66 USS America as a “Plank-Owner (Original Crew Member). Went around the world, places I’ll never be at again. Came out of there Mister Responsibility. One of the best things I ever did in my life. Tell her to get a good camera, she’ll savor the memories. I did.

      • Kenny Koger says:

        Thanks, your comment makes me feel a little more at ease. I know she has is ready with her camera.

  25. Cheryl Miller says:

    My wonderful neice Blair Gallagher Brewer is on this ship I couldn’t be prouder of her

  26. Elsie M. Dean says:

    So proud that my nephew will be part of the crew right out of OCS! Can’t wait for Fleet Week and the opportunity to board her…..

  27. Kayla Coker says:

    Do we have an idea of what the dress code will be like at the commissioning? My husband is currently on the ship. 😊

    • Dress code for civilian and military guests will be specified in the invitation / tickets materials. Ship’s Company will be well informed on the uniform of the day. We will post dress code information on the website when that information becomes known to us.

  28. Steve Dolgin says:

    Looking forward to attending. I had the pleasure to be aboard USS Essex with a group a Naval Sea Cadets for Seattle’s Fleet Week! I have been very impressed working with the sailors and Marines aboard. Their morale is high and proud to be serving. Look forward to meeting the outstanding crew members of USS America as well! I am proud to be affiliated with our great Navy through the Navy League, Naval Sea Cadets and Naval Order. Thank you all for you service and looking forward to seeing you in October!

  29. Terri Moore says:

    My son will be on the ship and I am ecstatic about going. This will be my first time attending a commencement for this type of event. I will also get to see him haven’t seen him since Christmas. I love you Jonathan Moss.

  30. I’m sorry to report that the tickets invitation system was closed by the Navy several weeks ago.

    The Committee itself will sponsor two receptions. Invitations to one of these my be obtained by donating a substantial gift of money for the benefit of the ship and ship’s company. See the “Support” page.

  31. Elsie Dean says:

    How can I find out if our names have been included on the invitation list for the Commissioning. My nephew, assigned to the USS America, was asked to provide names/addresses of his guests attending the commissioning. Is that info required of those on the invitation list? If so, will the invitations be mailed to the guests prior to their arrival for the ceremony?

  32. Our Navy sources indicate that invitations will be going out within the next two or three weeks. Your nephew should be able to confirm if his guests’ names are on the list through his chain of command.

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