Austal’s 10th Independence Class Littoral Combat Ship Completed Acceptance Trials
HENDERSON, Western Australia, (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Austal announced last week on 14th February 2019 that its 10th Independence Class Littoral Combat Ship, which is the future USS Cincinnati (LCS 20) has successfully completed acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico, learned BulgarianMilitary.com
The Chief Executive Officer of Austal, David Singleton, said, “We are exceptionally proud of the LCS program, it is in a full rate of production and being delivered at a reliable and efficient pace. It is a real credit to our Austal USA team in Mobile.”
The completion of the acceptance trials is the last critical milestone, which is required by the U.S. Navy before the ship the delivery and commissioning of the ship into service.
The trials in the Gulf of Mexico included conduction of comprehensive tests by the Navy for demonstrating the performance of the propulsion plant, ship-handling and auxiliary systems.
Capt. Mike Taylor, US Navy LCS program manager, commented, “I can’t say enough about the positive results achieved by the Navy and industry team during these acceptance trials of the future USS Cincinnati. She’s well into her journey to being delivered to the Navy this summer and will provide needed and cost-effective warfighting capability to the fleet and the nation.”
After being delivered and commissioned the USS Cincinnati will join her nine sister ships, which are already homeported in San Diego, and namely USS Independence (LCS 2), USS Coronado (LCS 4), USS Jackson (LCS 6), USS Montgomery (LCS 8), USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), USS Omaha (LCS 12), USS Manchester (LCS 14), the future USS Tulsa (LCS 16) as well as the future USS Charleston (LCS 18).
The LCS is a modular, reconfigurable vessel, developed for surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare and mine countermeasures missions near shore. Each LCS features an interchangeable mission package, which provides the primary mission systems in one of these warfare areas. The Independence-variant LCS features new technology and capability to affordably support current and future mission capability, from deep water to the littorals.
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Source: Austal, Wikipedia