Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Cincinnati (LCS 20)

June 21, 2019 – The Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Cincinnati (LCS 20) during a June 21 ceremony at Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama. The future USS Cincinnati is the 18th littoral combat ship (LCS) delivered to the Navy and the 10th of the Independence variant to join the fleet. Delivery marks the official transfer of the ship from the shipbuilder, Austal USA, to the Navy. It is the final milestone prior to commissioning, which is planned for this fall in Gulfport, Mississippi. “This is a great day…

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US Navy Contract Announcements March 25, 2019

Gartner Inc., Stamford, Connecticut (N66001-19-A-0049); Forrester Research Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts (N66001-19-A-0050); and FEDmine LLC, Rockville, Maryland (N66001-19-A-0013), are awarded a multiple-award, firm-fixed-price Department of Defense (DoD) Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI) blanket purchase agreement (BPA) in accordance with the firms’ General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Supply Schedule contracts. The overall estimated value of this BPA is $446,000,000. The three individual agreements are awarded in the DoD ESI category of Information Technology (IT) Research and Informative Services. The BPAs will provide commercially available technology in this category for the DoD, U.S. intelligence…

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Future USS Cincinnati (LCS 20) Scores Highest

March 6, 2019 – The Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey awarded the future USS Cincinnati (LCS 20) a “93”—the highest score to date for an Independence variant—after successfully completing acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico Feb. 8. “In 35 trials with the Board of Inspection and Survey, this is the best one I’ve seen,” said Capt. Mike Taylor, LCS program manager. Acceptance trials are the last significant milestone before the ship is delivered to the Navy, which is planned for this summer. During trials, the Navy conducted comprehensive…

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Future USS Charleston set for namesake city commissioning

February 26, 2019 – The Navy will commission its newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship, the future USS Charleston (LCS 18), during a 10 a.m. ceremony, March 2, at Columbus Street Terminal in Charleston, South Carolina. U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina will deliver the commissioning ceremony’s principal address. Charlotte Riley, wife of former Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, is the ship’s sponsor. The ceremony will be highlighted by a time-honored Navy tradition when Mrs. Riley gives the first order to “man our ship and bring her to life!” “The future…

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Second to Last Independence Class LCS Named USS Kingsville

February 4, 2019 – Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced that the next Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship will be named USS Kingsville (LCS 36). The future USS Kingsville (LCS 36) is named in honor of the city of Kingsville, Texas, and is the first ship to bear the name. Kingsville will be the penultimate Independence Class as the US Navy transitions to frigates. “I am pleased to name a future Independence-variant LCS USS Kingsville,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “The citizens of Kingsville have been…

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LCS 32 to be USS Santa Barbara

October 9, 2018 – Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced today that the next Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship will be named USS Santa Barbara (LCS 32). The future USS Santa Barbara (LCS 32) is named in honor of Santa Barbara, Calif. and is the third ship to bear the name. “I am pleased to name the next Independence variant LCS after the city of Santa Barbara,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “This city’s innovative workforce and longstanding support of our Navy and Marine Corps team,…

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Navy Awards Contracts for Three Littoral Combat Ships

September 18, 2018 – The Navy awarded modifications to previously awarded littoral combat ship (LCS) contracts for one Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 LCS to Lockheed Martin and two FY 2018 LCSs to Austal USA, Sept. 18. “These contract awards represent an important next step in delivering critical warfighting capability to the fleet,” said Capt. Mike Taylor, LCS program manager (PMS 501). The three LCSs being awarded today are the future LCS-29, LCS-32 and LCS-34. LCS-29 will be built at Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin. LCS-32 and LCS-34 will be…

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US Navy Contract Announcements September 18, 2018

Data Link Solutions LLC, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is being awarded a $386,917,271 modification to previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract N00039-15-D-0007 to increase the ceiling of the existing production contract line item number (CLIN), spares CLIN, systems engineering and integration, and travel/other direct cost CLINs of the referenced contract. This ceiling increase will enable the continuation of current and future Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Joint Tactical Radio Systems (JTRS) efforts, including MIDS JTRS Modernization Increment 2 development; upgrade of MIDS JTRS Concurrent Multi-Netting-4 and Tactical Targeting Network Technology efforts as addressed…

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Navy takes delivery of future USS Charleston (LCS 18)

August 31, 2018 – The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Charleston (LCS 18) during a ceremony at the Austal USA shipyard Aug. 31. The delivery marks the official transfer of LCS-18 from the Austal USA-led shipbuilding team to the Navy. It is the final milestone before commissioning, which is yet to be finalized. “Today marks a significant milestone in the life of the future USS Charleston, as transfer occurs to the Navy and she enters service,” said Capt. Mike Taylor, Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program manager. “I…

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Keel Authenticated for the Future USNS Puerto Rico (EPF 11)

August 9, 2018 – A ceremony celebrating the keel authentication of the Navy’s 11th Spearhead-class Expeditionary Fast Transport ship, the future USNS Puerto Rico (EPF 11), was held at the Mobile, Alabama shipyard of Austal USA, the ship’s manufacturer. Puerto Rico will be the third ship in naval service named after the commonwealth of Puerto Rico, honoring its historically strong ties to the military. A keel laying is the formal recognition of the start of a ship’s construction, as the keel is the symbolic backbone of a ship. The keel…

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Austal Opens San Diego Office

Austal USA announced the official opening of its new San Diego operations office here July 17th. The move is another milestone in the company’s growing service and support business. “Today’s opening is a direct reflection of the company’s commitment to provide the U.S. Navy, not only exceptional ships, but outstanding service and support for the life of the ship,” said Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle. “With nine Expeditionary Fast Transport ships and eight Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ships delivered to the Navy, and many more to follow, this expansion increases our…

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Navy ChristensLittoral Combat Ship Cincinnati

The Navy christened the newest Independence-Class littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Cincinnati (LCS 20), during a 10:00 a.m. CDT ceremony Saturday, May 5, in Mobile, Alabama. The principal speaker will be Cincinnati Councilmember David Mann, also a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio. Former Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will serve as the ship’s sponsor. In a time-honored Navy tradition, she will christen the ship by breaking a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow. “The future USS Cincinnati is a symbol of the…

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Future USS Manchester completes acceptance trials

The future USS Manchester (LCS 14) successfully completed acceptance trials Dec. 15 after a series of graded in-port and underway demonstrations for the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey. Acceptance trials are the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship to the Navy. During trials, the Navy conducted comprehensive tests of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), intended to demonstrate the performance of the propulsion plant, ship handling abilities and auxiliary systems. While underway, the ship successfully performed launch-and-recovery operations of the 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boat, completed surface and air…

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Ninth Expeditionary Fast Transport Latest Arrival in Highly-Adaptable Ship Class

Later this month USNS City of Bismarck (T-EPF 9) will join the fleet as part of a class of ships that is quickly becoming recognized as adaptable and innovative. As the world’s oceans become more heavily trafficked and more contested, this adaptability and innovation will be meeting our Navy’s future requirements and missions. USNS City of Bismarck will be the ninth of 12 Expeditionary Fast Transports (EPF). As one of the Navy’s newest ship classes, the non-combatant EPFs provide warfighters with a ship that can be configured and reconfigured to…

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City of Bismarck (T-EPF 9) Completes Builder’s Trials

Expeditionary Fast Transport vessel, City of Bismarck (T-EPF 9), successfully completed Builder’s Trials Sept. 14, after being underway for two days in the Gulf of Mexico. While underway various tests demonstrated the ship’s readiness, including calibration of communication and navigational systems, ship propulsion, ride control, and pollution control. Maneuverability trials tested the ship’s four steerable water jets while a series of high-speed turns demonstrated the stability and agility of the EPF catamaran hull form “This is a major step towards delivering City of Bismarck to the Navy,” said Capt. Scot…

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