- Amphibious warfare vessel
The USS Khe Sanh serves as the lead ship of the 27th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) deployed to the Green Sea region. Wasp-class ships like the Khe Sanh provide the U.S. Navy with an unrivalled ability to attack hostile shores around the world.
It is capable of hosting almost the entirety of the MEU's air elements, ranging from its rotary and fixed-wing aviation assets in the form of AH-1Z, MH-60S, and UH-1Y attack/utility helicopters, MV-22 Osprey transports, AV-8B attack jets, as well as F-35 stealth fighters.
NOTE: The USS Khe Sanh is a static in-game object that cannot be 'driven' like a true ship. It can be found by default positioned to the south of the Utes island, or created via script in the mission editor.
- The ship has its own unique theme that only plays on official missions and showcases that feature the Khe Sanh.
- The Khe Sanh is based on the real-life "Wasp" series of amphibious assault ships that are still in use by the U.S. Marine Corps.
- Its hull number (LHD-9) designates the Khe Sanh as the ninth ship after the USS Makin Island (LHD-8). However, the Khe Sanh itself is completely fictitious as only eight Wasp-class LHDs were ever planned to be constructed.
- The Khe Sanh features a number of anti-aircraft systems located at various points on the ship, ranging from the "Mk-29 GMLS" and "Mk-49 GMLS" launchers to the "C-RAM" point-defence turrets. However, they are completely non-functional and cannot be manned or controlled to fire at enemy aircraft.
- Only partial sections of the interior are modelled, such as the briefing room, a vehicle hangar, and several passageways that lead straight back to the flight deck. Oddly enough, the Khe Sanh also has a well dock that is partially modelled but cannot be accessed through normal means.
- Like the real-world Caspian Sea, the fictional Green Sea region that both Chernarus and Takistan are coasted to is an enclosed body of water.
- How the Khe Sanh was able to somehow able to enter the Green Sea in the first place is never explained, as there are no artificial waterways or natural rivers that link directly to it from another larger body of water (i.e. such as the Bosphorus Strait that links the Black Sea together with the Mediterranean Sea).
- The Khe Sanh was the first large, non-controllable static ship to become available in the series. In terms of size, it would only be succeeded by the USS Freedom (CVN-83) in ArmA 3 that would be added with the release of the Jets DLC.
- Wikipedia: Wasp-class amphibious assault ship
- Wikipedia: Phalanx CIWS
- Wikipedia: RIM-7 Sea Sparrow
- Wikipedia: RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile
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