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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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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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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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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LCS Crew 214: Competence, Character, Connection, Paid in Advance

By Cmdr. Emily Bassett Commanding Officer, Littoral Combat Ship Crew 214, Pre-Commissioning Unit Manchester (LCS 14) Editor’s note: Unlike other surface Navy communities, littoral combat ship crews have the unique honor of being commissioned as a crew even before their ship is commissioned.  An LCS crew must be fully certified before being commissioned and before arriving on-hull. PCU Manchester (LCS 14) command ball cap. Originally, LCS Crew 214’s commissioning ceremony was about ball caps. Before the rehearsal, I told my crew, “If you have any family or friends who will…

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