USS Wasp (LHD-1)

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USS Boxer (LHD-4), sister ship of the Wasp

The USS Wasp (LHD-1) is the lead ship of the Wasp-class U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship (LHD), who went into U.S. operational service in 1995, having been commissioned in 1989.[1] She is the sixth ship to carry that name in the U.S. Navy, the first four being sailing warships and the fifth a light aircraft carrier.

She has a crew of 1174 and can carry 2070 Marines. Displacing 40,500 tons, she looks superficially like an aircraft carrier, but can only operate helicopters V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor and short-takeoff-vertical-landing (STOVL) aircraft.


  1. Jane's Fighting Ships 2005-2006