Austal USA Delivers Independence-Class Kansas City LCS 22

 In GDI, USA, Sea

Future USS Kansas City Austal USA has deliv­ered LCS 22, the future USS Kansas City to the US Navy. Credit: Austal USA.

Austal USA has deliv­ered the 11th Independence-class lit­toral combat ship (LCS) to the US Navy during a cer­e­mo­ny at its ship­yard in Mobile, Alabama.

The future USS Kansas City (LCS 22) is the first Independence-class LCS deliv­ered by the com­pa­ny this year.

In November 2019, the accep­tance trials of LCS 22 were com­plet­ed. Kansas City will be com­mis­sioned later this year.

LCS pro­gramme man­ag­er cap­tain Mike Taylor said: “This is a tremen­dous day for the Navy and our coun­try with the deliv­ery of the future USS Kansas City.

“I look for­ward to cel­e­brat­ing the com­mis­sion­ing of this great ship along­side the crew later this year. Kansas City will play an essen­tial role in car­ry­ing out our nation’s future mar­itime strat­e­gy.”

Austal USA is cur­rent­ly work­ing on four addi­tion­al Independence-class LCSs. These include Oakland (LCS 24), Mobile (LCS 26), Savannah (LCS 28) and Canberra (LCS 30).

In December 2019, the US Navy named LCS Mobile at the Austal USA facil­i­ty in Alabama.

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The com­pa­ny said that four more ves­sels are yet to enter the con­struc­tion phase.

Preparations for sea trials of LCS 24 and 26 are under­way while the assem­bly is under­way on LCS 28 and LCS 30.

Work on build­ing mod­ules for Santa Barbara (LCS 32) is being car­ried out at Austal’s module man­u­fac­tur­ing facil­i­ty (MMF).

Austal CEO David Singleton said: “Austal USA’s deliv­ery of the Independence-class LCS pro­gramme con­tin­ues to impress, with qual­i­ty, cost and pro­duc­tiv­i­ty improve­ments being achieved with each new vessel.

“We have now deliv­ered 11 of the 19 Independence-class LCS cur­rent­ly con­tract­ed and it’s very pleas­ing to see more and more of these ships deployed around the world, adding the great capa­bil­i­ty to the US Navy.”

The com­pa­ny also noted that a new over-the-hori­zon mis­sile system was inte­grat­ed on the USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10).

Austal USA has been award­ed a con­tract for the con­struc­tion of 14 Expeditionary Fast Transport ves­sels (EPF) for the US Navy.

To date, 11 of these ves­sels have been deliv­ered, while three are under con­struc­tion.

Source: Naval Technology

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