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Navy Commissions USS Manchester in Portsmouth, N.H.

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. …

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Navy Secretary Ray Mabus Unveils 3 New Vessel Names

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 …

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Navy to Commission USS Montgomery Independence-Class LCS; Ray Mabus Comments

The U.S. Navy will commission its newest Independence-class littoral combat ship designed to support operations in near-shore and open-ocean environments. The service branch said Thursday it will hold the USS Montgomery commissioning activity Sept. 10 in Mobile, Alabama. “The commissioning of USS Montgomery is not only a celebration of the partnership we share with …

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Navy Looks to Expand Operational Use of Joint High Speed Vessels

The U.S. Navy has deployed its Joint High Speed Vessel at international military exercises as the branch aims to extend the platform’s function beyond transporting cargo and personnel, DoD Buzz reported Monday. Kris Osborn writes the military service is looking to use JHSVs to complement amphibious ships or other maritime …

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Vice Adm. Willy Hilarides: Navy to Modify Littoral Combat Ships

The U.S. Navy‘s Littoral Combat Ships will undergo a set of design and engineering updates as part of the platform’s long-term development following the completion of the Freedom (LCS 1) and Independence (LCS 2) vessels, DoD Buzz reported Friday. Kris Osborn writes that the branch is implementing up to 12 major modifications for the LCS platforms, citing comments by Vice …

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