AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT (LHA/LHD)
Operating as part of the modern Navy amphibious assault ships project power and maintain presence by serving as the cornerstone of the Amphibious Ready Groups (ARG). These ships use air cushion landing craft (LCAC), conventional landing craft and helicopters to move Marine assault forces ashore.
AMPHIBIOUS TRANSPORT DOCK (LPD)
Amphibious transport dock ships are used to transport and land elements of a landing force for a variety of expeditionary warfare missions. These ships are used to transport Marines, their equipment and supplies by embarked air cushion or conventional landing craft or amphibious vehicles, augmented by helicopters or vertical takeoff and landing aircraft in amphibious assault, special operations or expeditionary warfare missions.
AMPHIBIOUS DOCK LANDING (LSD)
Dock landing ships support amphibious operations including landing via air, LCAC and conventional landing craft.
AMPHIBIOUS COMMAND (LCC)
Amphibious Command Ships provide command and control for Fleet Commanders.