The US Navy has announced that it will be naming a new American-class landing helicopter attack ship (LHA), the USS Fallujah, in homage to the two bloodiest battles of the war in Iraq.
“It is an honor to commemorate the Marines, soldiers and coalition partners who fought valiantly and those who gave their lives in both Battles of Fallujah,” Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro said in a press release Tuesday .
The US Navy has not yet released any information on when the USS Fallujah will be commissioned, but the ship will be designed to support Marine Corps operations.
Ships like the USS Fallujah are unique to the US military and are used primarily for short-term support of humanitarian causes and missions around the world.
The US military and its coalition partners fought two bitter battles in the Iraqi city of Fallujah in 2004, both of which were considered two of the bloodiest in the entire Iraq war.
In April 2004, US forces launched a mission in the city of Fallujah to kill or arrest insurgents they believed to be responsible for the assassination of US military contractors.
The second battle, which took place between November and December of the same year, was an attempt by the US military to regain full control of the city after the insurgents were able to retake territory previously lost during the first battle.
The combination of both battles is considered to be the toughest and bloodiest battles of the Iraq war as troops fought house to house in intense urban fighting. More than 100 US and coalition soldiers were killed in both skirmishes.
Aside from the death toll, almost 600 soldiers were wounded in both battles of Fallujah.
The new America-class amphibious assault ship will commemorate and honor those who fought and died in battle.
The new LHA-9 will be the fourth ship of this type in the US Navy.
“This namesake deserves to be in the pantheon of legendary Marine Corps battles, and the unique capabilities of the LHA will serve as a stark reminder to all around the world of the bravery, bravery and commitment to freedom shown by those who fought in battle.”
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