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

28 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!

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