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Navy Lays Keel of New Littoral Combat Ship Savannah

The U.S. Navy has laid the keel of LCS 28 or the future USS Savannah, formally marking the start of the littoral combat ship's construction. The service branch said Friday that it laid and authenticated the ship's keel during a ceremony the same day at Austal USA’s shipyard in Mobile, Ala.

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Pentagon Increases Major Defense Procurement Cost Estimate to $2T

The Department of Defense’s cost estimates for the acquisition of major weapons platforms climbed from $1.92T in 2017 to $2T in 2018 covering 87 programs. According to the annual Selected Acquisition Reports, the total program costs for DoD rose by 4 percent to $624.1B driven by the F-35 program. The total acquisition cost of the program jumped by $15.3B in base year 2012 dollars.

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Navy to Proceed With LCS Mission Module Developmental Tests

The U.S. Navy will commence developmental trials of littoral combat ship mission modules following structural, surface-to-surface test fires from an Independence-variant LCS. The Navy said Thursday it test-fired surface-to-surface missile modules of an Independence-variant vessel June 11 at Point Mugu Sea Range.

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Navy’s Oakland LCS Launches to Sea

Austal USA released the U.S. Navy's 12th Independence-variant littoral combat ship into the sea in preparation for delivery in 2020. The service branch said Monday that its future USS Oakland or LCS 24 touched water for the first time on Sunday at the shipbuilder's facility in Mobile, Ala.

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Navy to Commission Future USS Indianapolis

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

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 Commissions USS Charleston in Namesake City

The U.S. Navy commissioned its 16th littoral combat ship during a ceremony on March 2 at the Columbus Street Terminal in Charleston, South Carolina. USS Charleston, also known as LCS 18, was part of a commissioning ceremony held before 5,000 guests including Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, the Navy said Sunday.

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Navy Concludes Developmental Tests for Raytheon-Built Mine Sonar

The U.S. Navy concluded the developmental testing phase for a Raytheon-built sonar tool designed for mine-hunting missions. The AN/AQS-20C sonar platform is an updated variant of the AN/AQS-20 and is slated for deployment from the Mine Countermeasures Unmanned Surface Vehicle system, Naval Sea Systems Command said Tuesday.

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Navy Schedules Commissioning of Future USS Tulsa

The U.S. Navy has set a commissioning ceremony for LCS 16, the Independence-class littoral combat ship to be named USS Tulsa on Saturday at Pier 30/32 in San Francisco, Calif. Kathy Taylor, former mayor of Tulsa, Okla., will order the activation of the vessel as the ship's sponsor. Sen. James Lankford will administer the ceremony's principal address, the Department of Defense said Wednesday.

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