Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, a 2019 Wash100 winner, has named an Independence-class littoral combat ship after the city of Pierre in South Dakota. Austal USA will construct the future USS Pierre, also known as LCS 38, in Mobile, Ala., the military service said Tuesday.
The U.S. Navy has named the latest Independence-variant littoral combat ship after a city in Texas. Austal USA will construct the future 419-foot-long ship in Mobile, Ala., the service branch said Monday. The ship, also known as LCS 36, will feature a 104-foot-long beam and designed to run at speeds of over 40 knots.Read More »
The U.S. Navy named a Independence-class littoral combat ship after the capital city of Maine. The future USS Augusta (LCS-34) will be constructed at the Austal USA facility in Mobile, Ala., and is the sixth naval ship to carry the name, the Navy said Thursday. "I am pleased that a future ship will carry on that tradition of service by bearing the name and history of their great capital city," said Richard Spencer, secretary of the Navy.Read More »
The U.S. Navy plans to deploy two different hull designs to replace the service’s auxiliary ships that are about to be phased out, USNI News reported Wednesday. Last year, the Navy sought industry input on a common design to succeed its sealift ships, command-and-control ship, hospital ship, aviation logistics ship and submarine tender as part of the Common Hull Auxiliary Multi-Mission Platform program.Read More »
The U.S. Navy has commissioned the USS Manchester, or LCS 14, at a ceremony Saturday in Portsmouth, N.H., USNI News reported Monday. The addition of the newest Independence-class littoral combat ship raises the Navy’s LCS count to 12. The Austal USA-built ship departed from its maker’s Alabama shipyard on May 5 for the ceremony. Adm. …Read More »
U.S. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, a 2018 Wash100 recipient, has disclosed the name USNS Newport for the service branch’s future Expeditionary Fast Transport vessel. Newport, designated T-EPF 12, will be the fourth naval ship named after the Rhode Island city, the Navy said Tuesday. Austal‘s U.S. business secured the contract to build the next EFP …Read More »
The U.S. Navy will modify the number of mission equipment that the service branch plans to buy for the Freedom– and Independence-class littoral combat ships in the fiscal year 2019 budget, Defense News reported Tuesday. Capt. Ted Zobel, LCS mission module program manager, told reporters that the Navy will unveil changes …Read More »
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has announced the names of three vessels that include the first ship of a new fleet of ballistic missile submarines, a John Lewis-class fleet replenishment oiler and a commercial-based catamaran. The Defense Department said Wednesday the first SSBN vessel will be dubbed as USS Columbia while the John Lewis-class …Read More »