Tag Archives: LCS

Navy to Field MQ-8C Unmanned Helicopter for Surface Warfare Missions; Cmdr. Matthew Wright Quoted

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The U.S. Navy is fielding an MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter to support squadron operations ahead of its deployment with a littoral combat ship (LCS) next year. The Navy's Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22 recently received the MQ-8C variant of the Northrop Grumman-built unmanned aircraft intended to operate with LCS for surface warfare missions. 

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Future USS St. Louis Reaches Homeport

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The U.S. Navy's 22nd littoral combat ship has arrived at its homeport of Mayport, Fla. Slated for commissioning in August, the future USS St. Louis (LCS 19) is the service branch's 10th Freedom-class vessel and the seventh ship to bear the name. 

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Raytheon Transfers 10th AN/AQS-20C Minehunting Sonar to U.S. Navy; Wade Knudson Quoted

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The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division has received its tenth AN/AQS-20C minehunting sonar system from Raytheon, the company announced on Wednesday. The can start moving towards initial operating capacity after having completed developmental testing in Feb. 2019. 

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Navy to Commission Future USS Indianapolis

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The U.S. Navy has set a commissioning ceremony for LCS 17, the littoral combat ship to be named USS Indianapolis on Oct. 26 in Burns Harbor, Ind. Jill Donnelly, the wife of former Sen. Joe Donnelly, will order the activation of the LCS as the vessel's sponsor, the Navy said Thursday.

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Austal USA Delivers Future USS Cincinnati to Navy

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The U.S. Navy has received the future USS Cincinnati (LCS 20) from Austal USA, which will be the 10th Independence variant to join the service’s fleet of littoral combat ships. The company delivered the ship to the Navy during a ceremony at the company’s facility in Mobile, Ala., Naval Sea Systems Command said Friday

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Navy Names Littoral Combat Ship USS Kingsville

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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.

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Navy Completes Integration Testing of Mine Countermeasures Drones for LCS Fleet

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The U.S. Navy has completed shipboard integration testing for two unmanned systems on a littoral combat ship in an effort to enhance the vessel’s mine countermeasures capabilities. The service said Thursday that it tested the Knifefish unmanned undersea vehicle and the Unmanned Influence Sweep System aboard the USS Independence

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Navy Preps to Return Littoral Combat Ships to Missions in FY19

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The U.S. Navy plans to resume deployment of its Littoral Combat Ships this fall following a delay in 2018 due to challenges in manning and advanced training, USNI News reported Monday. Vice Adm. Richard Brown, commander of Naval Surface Forces, said the service branch intends to return three LCS before fiscal year 2019 ends in September.

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