USS Montgomery Arrives in Singapore

July 6, 2019 – USS Montgomery (LCS 8) arrived at Changi Naval Base in Singapore July 6 as part of a rotational deployment to the Indo-Pacific area of operations. Montgomery’s arrival in Singapore marks the fourth deployment of littoral combat ship to Southeast Asia, which include USS Freedom (LCS 1), USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) and USS Coronado (LCS 4). “Rotational deployments by our littoral combat ships provide the presence and flexibility that are so important in this region,” said Rear Adm. Joey Tynch, commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific. “This…

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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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Commissioning ceremony breathes life into USS Charleston

March 2, 2019 – As clouds passed overhead, shipboard alarms echoed across the Cooper River and the crew of USS Charleston (LCS 18) ran aboard their ship and brought her to life. More than 5,000 guests gathered at the Columbus Street Terminal in the ship’s namesake city, officially welcoming the U.S. Navy’s newest littoral combat ship into the fleet. LCS 18 is the 16th littoral combat ship to enter the fleet and the ninth of the Independence variant. The ship is the sixth to be named after Charleston, South Carolina,…

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Future USS Cincinnati Completes Acceptance Trials

February 13, 2019 – Future littoral combat ship USS Cincinnati (LCS 20) successfully concluded acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico, Feb. 8, following a series of in-port and underway demonstrations for the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey. 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 tests of the Independence-variant LCS to demonstrate the performance of the propulsion plant, ship-handling and auxiliary systems. “I can’t say enough about the positive…

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Future USS Tulsa Arrives in San Diego

November 21, 2018 – The Independence variant littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Tulsa (LCS 16) arrived at Naval Base San Diego, Nov. 21, after completing the ship’s maiden voyage from the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. Prior to arriving at its new homeport of San Diego, Tulsa made several port calls and completed a successful transit through the Panama Canal. “Every day at sea, sailing across the Atlantic, the Caribbean and the Pacific, we trained together as a team, conducting a myriad of drills while getting to know…

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Austal Receives Additional LCS Work

August 6, 2018 – AUSTAL today announced the United States Department of Defence has awarded Austal USA US$14,843,400 for a cost-plus-award fee against a previously awarded Basic Ordering Agreement. The order provides engineering and management services in support of work specification development, prefabrication effort and material procurement for the post-shakedown availability for the Independence Class Littoral Combat Ship, USS Tulsa (LCS 16). Austal will provide program management, advanced planning, engineering, design, prefabrication and material kitting. The work will be conducted by Austal USA across the Mobile, Alabama and San Diego,…

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Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Manchester (LCS 14)

The Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Manchester (LCS 14) during a ceremony in Mobile, Alabama, Feb. 28. Delivery marks the official transfer of LCS 14 from the shipbuilder, an Austal USA-led team, to the Navy. It is the final milestone prior to commissioning, which is planned for May in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  “Delivery marks a major milestone in the life of the future USS Manchester, as she is transferred to the Navy and her in-service counter begins,” said Capt. Mike Taylor, LCS program manager. “Manchester is an exceptional…

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