USS Wasp (LHD-1)
The first of a new class of large amphibious assault
ships, designed to deploy, land, and support a Marine Landing Force, using
a combination of conventional and air cushion landing craft and amphibious
vehicles, helicopters, and Harrier (VSTOL) jet fighter support. The
tenth ship to honor the illustrious name, the USS Wasp was commissioned
on July 29, 1989.