Navy Accepts Final Component for LCS Anti-Submarine Warfare Mission Package

December 4, 2018 – The Navy took delivery of the final component of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Mission Package Nov. 30, following the successful completion of a rigorous acceptance test regime at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. The Raytheon-developed Dual-mode Array Transmitter (DART) Mission System and ASW Mission Package will significantly increase ASW capabilities within the U.S. Navy, bringing the ability to maneuver active and passive sonars above and below the thermocline layer. “The DART Mission System is an essential component of the LCS ASW Package,…

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USS Detroit Begins Operational Testing of LCS Surface-to-Surface Missile Module

November 30, 2018 – USS Detroit (LCS 7) began initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) of the Surface-to-Surface Missile Module Nov. 17, two months ahead of schedule. The SSMM is the newest addition to the Littoral Combat Ship Surface Warfare Mission Package, designed to counter potential swarms of attacking armed small craft. The Navy’s Program Executive Office for Unmanned and Small Combatants accelerated the package’s operational testing following successful developmental and integrated testing off the coast of Virginia from July through November. The test and evaluation plan involves two fast…

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USS Sioux City “Brought to Life” at U.S. Naval Academy

November 17, 2018 – The U.S. Navy commissioned its newest surface combatant, the littoral combat ship USS Sioux City (LCS 11), during a ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy, Nov. 17. The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS) is the Navy’s 13th littoral combat ship to enter the fleet and the sixth of the Freedom variant. It is the first ship named after Sioux City, the fourth-largest city in Iowa. “Thank you to our namesake city, Sioux City, for welcoming us with open arms, making us feel like we are part…

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Future USS Sioux City to arrive in Annapolis for Commissioning

November 5, 2018 – The future USS Sioux City (LCS 11) will arrive in Annapolis, Maryland, Nov. 11 in advance of the ship’s commissioning ceremony. The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the first ship named after the fourth-largest city in Iowa, Sioux City, will be commissioned at the U.S. Naval Academy Nov. 17. The ship’s sponsor is Mary Winnefeld, the wife of the former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. James “Sandy” Winnefeld. LCS is a modular, reconfigurable ship designed to meet validated fleet requirements for surface…

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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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LCS Anti-Submarine Warfare Mission Package Completes Two Testing Milestones

Program Executive Office Unmanned and Small Combatants announced the successful completion of two Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Mission Package testing milestones, July 16. The first was a 10-day Dockside-1 test event on the Dual-mode ARray Transmitter (DART) Mission System Towed Body and associated launch-and-recovery assembly components in Fort Pierce, Florida. The second was a full-power, in-water test of the active array at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Seneca Lake Detachment’s test facility in Dresden, New York. “The Seneca Lake Test was a huge step forward for the DART System…

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Navy’s newest littoral combat ship arrives in San Diego

The newest littoral combat ship, the Independence variant USS Manchester (LCS 14), arrived at her San Diego homeport, June 19, after completing her maiden voyage from the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. Prior to her arrival in San Diego, Manchester was commissioned in Portsmouth, New Hampshire; made port calls to Norfolk, Virginia, Mayport, Florida, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; and completed a successful transit through the Panama Canal. “As Manchester plank owners, this crew spent 10 months away from homeport bringing our ship to life,” said Cmdr.…

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Future USS Sioux City (LCS 11) Completes Acceptance Trial

The future USS Sioux City (LCS 11) concluded its Acceptance Trial May 25 after completing a series of graded in-port and underway demonstrations on the Great Lakes for the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey. The acceptance trial is the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship to the Navy. During the trial, the Navy conducted comprehensive tests of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) intended to demonstrate the performance of the propulsion plant, ship handling and auxiliary systems. “The successful completion of this Acceptance Trial is an important step…

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SMWDC, LCS Experts Finalize Comprehensive Tactical Guidance for Platform

Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) recently led the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Tactical Action Working Group (TAWG) 3.0, marking the completion of the LCS Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTP) Manual. The LCS TAWG was the foundation for the development and refinement of LCS TTP, closing the gaps between existing TTP and the expected LCS missions in support of fleet commanders worldwide. “The manual is a new approach to TTP development,” said Cmdr. Michael Brasseur, SMWDC Sea Combat Division Plans and Policy branch head. “From the outset, it…

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Navy Completes Lightweight Torpedo Defense Mission Module Testing

The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Mission Modules (MM) program announced the successful completion of two days of at-sea testing of the AN/SLQ-61 Lightweight Tow (LWT) Torpedo Defense Mission Module (TDMM), May 2. Similar to the AN/SLQ-25 “Nixie” system currently installed in the fleet, the LWT is a modular, digitally controlled soft kill countermeasure decoy system. It employs an underwater acoustic projector deployed from the ship’s stern on a tow cable to defend ships against wake-homing, acoustic homing, and wire-guided enemy torpedoes. The LWT system is significantly lighter in weight than…

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Raytheon to help US Navy develop Barracuda mine neutralizer

Raytheon Company has built two small, Polar Scout satellites for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in partnership with Millennium Engineering and Integration. The satellites have flexible radio frequency receivers to help search and rescue teams locate emergency beacons in remote areas, such as the Arctic. Raytheon assembles small satellites at its advanced missile production facility in Tucson, Arizona. Raytheon assembled the small satellites at the company’s advanced missile production facility in Tucson, Arizona. The smallsats are part of a project led by the U.S. Air Force Operationally Responsive Space…

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BAE Systems Wins Additional Mk110 Naval Guns Contract for U.S. Navy LCS

BAE Systems has been awarded a contract by General Dynamics to provide two additional Mk110 Naval Gun Systems for the Independence variant of the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). The additional guns are part of a follow-on to a current contract, bringing the total number of Mk110 systems to 15 for the Independence variant. “BAE Systems’ Mk110 Naval Gun, together with our advanced 3P programmable multi-purpose ammunition, provides a unique capability to address multiple air, sea, and land threats” The fully automatic Mk110 gun system, known internationally as the…

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Coastal Mine Reconnaissance Module Completes Developmental Testing on USS Coronado

The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Mission Modules (MM) program successfully completed Developmental Testing (DT) of the Coastal Mine Reconnaissance (CMR) mission module aboard USS Coronado (LCS 4) off the coast of Southern California Feb. 22. Consisting of the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle with its Mission Control System (MCS), the AN/DVS-1 Coastal Battlespace Reconnaissance and Analysis (COBRA) system with the airborne payload sub-system and the post-mission analysis sub-system, supporting software and support containers, the CMR mission module is supported by MINEnet Tactical, a web-based solution for command and control…

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Rolls-Royce Honored as Team Freedom LCS Supplier of the Year

Recognized for their track record of exceptional performance and commitment to affordability, Rolls-Royce was named as the 2017 Team Freedom [NYSE: LMT] Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Supplier of the Year at the 30th annual Surface Navy Association National Symposium on Jan. 9. A long-term Freedom-variant supplier, Rolls-Royce supplies MT30 gas turbines and Mk1 waterjets for the Freedom-variant LCS. Both systems are critical components of the Freedom-variant’s combined diesel and gas (CODAG) propulsion system. At 36 megawatts, the MT30 is the world’s most powerful in service marine gas turbine – enabling…

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USS Coronado arrives in Hawaii for final port call

USS Coronado will (LCS 4) arrive at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 25 for a final port call on her voyage back to homeport San Diego. Since April, LCS Crew 203 has manned Coronado for all operations and exercises, including a successful Harpoon surface-to-surface missile engagement while operating with the Singaporean Navy during the Pacific Griffin exercise. “Over the past eight months, the crew met each challenge with vigor and a sense of duty,” said Commanding Officer Cmdr. Douglas Meagher. “We were able to demonstrate the tangible value of…

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