14. Harpers Ferry-class Dock landing ship
> Number of boats: 4
The Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship delivers landing craft and other amphibious assault vehicles, including crew and Marines. The ship is also capable of being a command-and-control center for these types of operations. The ships were built by New Orleans-based Avondale Shipyard, a Huntington Ingalls-owned facility that ceased shipbuilding for the U.S. Navy in 2014.
13. Wasp-class Amphibious assault ship
> Number of boats: 7 (tied)
The Wasp, which carries a mix of helicopters, is the Navy’s multipurpose amphibious assault vessel, each with a large deck. The ship is capable of inserting an entire Marine Expeditionary Unit of about 2,000 marines, using helicopters, amphibious vehicles, and other landing craft. The ships were built by Mississippi-based Northrop Grumman Ship Systems.
12. Whidbey Island-class Dock landing ship
> Number of boats: 7 (tied)
The Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship can carry more hovercraft landing vessels than any other U.S. Navy amphibious assault vessel. The ship has a flight deck large enough to deploy Osprey vertical landing and takeoff aircraft that can also be used to insert hundreds of Marines. The ships can carry between three and 21 amphibious landing craft, depending on their size, and two CH-53 heavy lift helicopters.
11. Avenger-class Mine countermeasures ship
> Number of boats: 8
Avenger-class ships were designed to find, classify, and destroy moored or bottom-dwelling mines. They were built by two Wisconsin-based shipbuilders: the now-defunct Peterson Builders and Marinette Marine, which is currently owned by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri.
10. Freedom-class Littoral combat ship
> Number of boats: 9
The troubled Freedom-class vessel is one of two classes of Navy littoral combat ships designed for shallow near-shore waters. Built by Lockheed Martin, the Freedom-class LCS has reportedly been wracked with so many technical problems the Navy announced plans earlier this year to scrap the $360 million vessels and possibly pawn them off to South American countries, including one that was delivered only in 2020.
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