Navy to Commission Littoral Combat Ship Manchester

The Navy will commission its newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Manchester (LCS 14), during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, May 26, at the State Pier in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.Adm. William Moran, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, will deliver the ceremony’s principal address. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, senior United States Senator from New Hampshire, will serve as the ship’s sponsor. In a time-honored Navy tradition, she will give the order to, “man our ship and bring her to life!”“The future USS Manchester is a modern marvel and…

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US Navy Contract Announcements April 5, 2018

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is being awarded $54,390,678 for modification P00095 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract (N00019-14-C-0032) to provide additional funding for the full-rate production of 11 Lot 38 F/A-18E aircraft and 21 EA-18G aircraft for the Navy. Work was performed in El Segundo, California (46 percent); St. Louis, Missouri (30 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (2 percent); East Aurora, New York (1.5 percent); Irvine, California (1 percent); and various locations within the continental U. S. (19.5 percent). Work is expected to be completed in December 2016. Fiscal…

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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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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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