BUILDER: Northrup-Grumman Litton-Ingalls Shipbuilding Pascagoula, Mississippi
PROPULSION: Two boilers, two geared steam turbines, two shafts, 70,000 total shaft horsepower
LENGTH: Overall Length: 844 feet
SPEED: 22+ Knots
BEAM : 106 feet
DRAFT: 27 feet 6 inches
DISPLACEMENT: 40,500 tons
AIRCRAFT: Mix of 30 helicopters, 6-8 AV/ 8B Harrier II
CAPACITY: 1086 Ships’s Company, 1897 Embarked USMC Troops
ARMAMENT: Sea Sparrow Missiles, Rolling Airframe Missiles, Phalanx CIWS, 50 Cal. Gun, 25mm Chain Gun
MEDICAL: 600 Bed Ward with 6 operating rooms
That is a 20 mm Gatling gun, firing tungsten or depleted uranium sabots. 3000 rounds per minute, or 4500 per minute on 'full auto'. Heh, posturing.
And a Sea Sparrow defensive missile:
So to the commenter at Hugh's site who said this: Of course, parading around in the Gulf does leave an awlfull lot of hardware open to the depradations of some wild eyed Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander and his missile batteries.I would hate to lose good men just so we can present a posture in the Gulf, I say Posturing? Depradate this!