US assault carrier docks in Manila

At a glance

  • USS America (LHA 6) dropped anchor in Manila reportedly for a port visit.

  • Her arrival occurred nearly two months after her crew held a live fire demonstration in the Philippine Sea.

  • Photos: USS America (LHA 6), a US Navy amphibious assault carrier, docks at the Port of Manila on March 19. (Courtesy of Ali Vicoy / Manila Bulletin)

USS America (LHA 6), a United States Navy amphibious assault carrier, anchored in Port Area, Manila on Sunday, March 19.

The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship is reportedly in the country for a port call.


USS America’s arrival occurred nearly two months after her crew held a missile launch demonstration while underway in the Philippine Sea last Jan. 24.

A press release from the US Navy said the crew aboard the ship “detected, tracked, and engaged a target to maintain proficiency of the onboard weapons systems and confirm the crew’s warfighting readiness.”

Last month, USS America also completed an annual bilateral exercise with the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) dubbed as “Iron Fist.”

The USS America is the lead ship of the America Amphibious Ready Group, and operates under the US Navy’s 7th Fleet area of operations – its largest forward-deployed numbered fleet. 

The US Navy said that the fleet “routinely interacts and operates with allies and partners in preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific region.”