The USS Kearsarge, a large US Marine Corps amphibious assault ship, has arrived at the Lithuanian seaport of Klaipeda, the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense reported. It is the largest warship ever docked in Klaipeda. On Monday, August 22, the official ship reunion ceremony will take place.
Kearsarge length — 257.3 m, width — 60.1 m. The ship’s crew consists of more than 2 thousand. man The ship is equipped with standard weapons for a general-purpose amphibious ship of the Wasp type (USS Kearsarge belongs to this type): it includes the NATO RIM-7 Sea Sparrow point defense system, RIM-116 rolling airframe missiles , 25mm rifles and the Phalanx hand-to-hand combat system to counter threats from low-flying aircraft.
USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) – the fifth American aircraft carrier of the “Wasp” type. It was established in 1990, launched in 1993.
Wasp-class warships are intended, among other things, for landing on an unmanned coast, as well as supporting landings with deck-launched vertical take-off aircraft.
Since May, the USS Kearsarge has been in the Baltic Sea, in June it took part in the NATO naval exercises Baltops 2022. On August 17, a US Navy warship was spotted in the waters of the Gulf of Finland .