Landing Platform Helicopter


Landing Platform Helicopter

Landing Platform, Helicopter (LPH) is the US Navy hull classification symbol for the amphibious assault ships of the "Iwo Jima" class and three converted "Essex" class aircraft carriers.

No ships of this classification are currently in active service with the United States Navy, having been replaced with multi-purpose ships classified as Landing Helicopter Dock or Landing Helicopter Assault ships. France now operates the Sclass|Mistral|amphibious assault ship|1, which has a helicopter deck and well dock. The Royal Navy operates the only LPH type ship still in operation, HMS|Ocean|L12|6.Fact|date=July 2008

LPH Ships

United States Navy

* USS "Block Island" (LPH-1) (CVE-106) – Sclass|Commencement Bay|escort carrier|1 – Conversion to LPH cancelled [ [http://www.hazegray.org/navhist/carriers/us_assau.htm World Aircraft Carriers List: US Assault Carriers ] ]
* – Sclass|Iwo Jima|amphibious assault ship|1 – First ship to be designed and built from the keel up as an amphibious assault ship.
* – "Iwo Jima"-class
* USS "Boxer" (LPH-4) (ex CV-21) – Converted straight deck Sclass|Essex|aircraft carrier|1
* USS " Princeton" (LPH-5) (ex CV-37) – Converted straight deck "Essex"-class aircraft carrier
* USS "Thetis Bay" (LPH-6) (ex CVE-90, ex CVHA-1) – Minimal conversion Sclass|Casablanca|escort carrier|1
* – "Iwo Jima"-class
* USS "Valley Forge" (LPH-8) (ex CV-45) – Converted straight deck "Essex"-class aircraft carrier
* – "Iwo Jima"-class
* – "Iwo Jima"-class – Towed hulk on loan to US Army launching targets for THAAD Missiles at Pacific Missile Range Facility.
* – "Iwo Jima"-class
* – "Iwo Jima"-class

Royal Navy

The Royal Navy Also has operated LPH type ships calling them commando carriersFact|date=July 2008
* – emergency minimal conversion for Suez Crisis Sclass|Colossus|aircraft carrier|1
* – emergency minimal conversion for Suez Crisis "Colossus"-class aircraft carrier
* – Converted "Colossus"-class aircraft carrier
* – Converted Sclass|Centaur|aircraft carrier|1
* – Converted "Centaur"-class aircraft carrier
* – New design based on the Sclass|Invincible|aircraft carrier|1, Currently in service.
* - Sclass|Invincible|aircraft carrier|1 Equipped and tasked as an LPH while "Ocean" is in refit; primary duty as a fleet carrier.

References

See also

* Amphibious assault ship
* Helicopter carrier
* List of amphibious warfare ships


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