Future USS Manchester (LCS 14) Transiting to Commissioning Site

The Navy’s newest littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Manchester (LCS 14) departed from Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama, May 5, beginning her journey to her commissioning site in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The ship’s commissioning is scheduled for May 26, after which she will begin her transit to her homeport of San Diego. As part of her sail around, Manchester will conduct regularly scheduled equipment and systems checks, training, visit several ports and transit through the Panama Canal. “We are proud to take full ownership of our new ship,…

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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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Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Tulsa (LCS 16)

The Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Tulsa (LCS 16) during a ceremony in Mobile, Alabama, April 30. Delivery marks the official transfer of LCS-16 from the shipbuilder, an Austal USA-led team, to the Navy. It is the final milestone prior to commissioning, which is planned for late 2018 in San Francisco. “Today marks a significant milestone in the life of the future USS Tulsa, as transfer occurs to the Navy and she enters service,” said Capt. Mike Taylor, LCS program manager. “I look forward to celebrating the commissioning…

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USNS Burlington Launched

The U.S. Navy’s 10th Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) vessel, Burlington (EPF 10), was launched at Austal USA’s shipyard, March 1. The launching of an EPF is a multi-step process at Austal. The ship is constructed in a modular manufacturing facility and is translated to a docking barge and then transported to a dry dock where it can then be submerged into the water and launched. All of this takes place over the course of two days. “Ship launches are milestone events in any shipbuilding program, but today’s launch is particularly…

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Navy to Christen Expeditionary Fast Transport Burlington

The Navy will christen its newest Expeditionary Fast Transport, the future USNS Burlington (T-EPF 10), during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. The future USNS Burlington, designated T-EPF 10, will be the first ship in naval service to honor Burlington, Vermont’s largest city. The first Navy ship Burlington (PF-51) was named for Burlington, Iowa and served during WWII. The principal speaker is U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont. Mrs. Marcelle Pomerleau Leahy, Senator Leahy’s wife of 55 years, will serve…

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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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Navy Accepts Delivery of USNS City of Bismarck

The Navy accepted delivery of its ninth Expeditionary Fast Transport, USNS City of Bismarck (T-EPF 9), Dec 19. EPFs are shallow draft, all aluminum, commercial-based catamarans that are capable of intra-theater personnel and cargo transport which provide combatant commanders high-speed sealift mobility. EPFs enable rapid projection, agile maneuver and transport of personnel, equipment and supplies over operational distances with access to austere and degraded offload points. “EPFs continue to be excellent additions to the U.S. Navy force,” said Capt. Scot Searles, Strategic and Theater Sealift program manager, Program Executive Office…

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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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Keel Authenticated for Burlington

The U.S. Navy held a keel laying and authentication ceremony for its 10th expeditionary fast transport (EPF) vessel, Burlington (EPF 10), Sept. 26. The keel was said to be “truly and fairly laid” as it was authenticated by William Pfister, vice president emeritus of Austal USA, by signing his initials into the keel plate. As the keel is the symbolic backbone of a ship, the keel laying ceremony is a major milestone in the construction process. “EPFs are incredibly versatile and an asset to the Navy’s fleet,” said Capt. Scot…

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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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Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Omaha (LCS 12)

The Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Omaha (LCS 12) during a ceremony in Mobile September 15th. Delivery marks the official transfer of LCS 12 from the shipbuilder, an Austal USA-led team, to the Navy. It is the final milestone prior to commissioning, which is planned for early 2018 in San Diego. “Today marks a significant milestone in the life of the future USS Omaha, as transfer to the Navy occurs, and her in-service counter begins,” said LCS program manager Capt. Mike Taylor. “I look forward to celebrating the…

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Navy to Christen Littoral Combat Ship Charleston

The Navy will christen its newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship, the future USS Charleston (LCS 18), during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony Saturday, August 26, in Mobile, Alabama. The future USS Charleston, designated LCS 18, honors Charleston, the second-largest city in South Carolina. She will be the sixth ship to be named for Charleston. The Honorable Richard V. Spencer, Secretary of the Navy, will deliver the ceremony’s principal address. Charlotte Riley, the wife of ten-term, former Mayor of Charleston Joe Riley, serves as the ship’s sponsor. The ceremony will be…

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USS Mitscher Departs from Mobile Navy Week

March 3, 2017 – USS Mitscher (DDG 57) departed Navy Week Mobile, March 1, after a five-day port visit to Mobile, Alabama. Upon her arrival, Mitscher’s crew promptly received a warm welcome from Mobile’s Mayor, Sandy Stimpson, and local officials. Cmdr. Brett Oster, Mitscher’s commanding officer, received a key to the city of Mobile as part of the welcoming ceremony. “Mobile has been unbelievable in their reception of Mitscher, her crew, and the rest of the Navy,” said Oster. “The warmth, gratitude, and thanks that have been shown to each ‘Mitscherman’…

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Navy Christens Future Tulsa

February 13, 2017 – The future USS Tulsa (LCS 16) was christened Feb. 11, in Mobile, Alabama. Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) Adm. Bill Moran delivered the keynote address before a crowd of several hundred. Moran told the audience Tulsa will be a workhorse of the fleet, able to reach over 1,000 ports around the 50,000 islands in the South China Sea. “Ships like Tulsa will operate where much of our Navy simply cannot, in the shallows and in the littorals, with speed, agility, and lethality,” Moran said. Many in…

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