The amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA 7) successfully completed its builder's trials, shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) confirmed 22 July after the ship had spent the previous four days in the Gulf of Mexico, testing the ship's main propulsion, combat, and other systems.
The ship completed the trials on 19 July, US Naval Sea Systems (NAVSEA) said in a statement. The set of builder's trials is the navy's first opportunity to assess the operational readiness of the ship during dock trials and more than 200 at-sea test events, NAVSEA officials noted.
As HII's second America-class ship, Tripoli will now be readied for upcoming acceptance trials and delivery to the navy, according to Ingalls Shipbuilding president Brian Cuccias.
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