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Photo: USS Independence Builder’s Sea Trials

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The Navy's first trimaran Littoral Combat Ship, the future USS Independence (LCS 2), during Builder's Sea Trials in the Gulf of Mexico July 2009.


First Austal LCS Joins U.S. Navy Fleet

Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

Austal-designed and built Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), USS Independence has officially joined the operating forces of the United States Navy following a commissioning ceremony held near Austal’s Mobile, Ala. facility. Thousands of Navy officials, politicians, industry delegates and spectators joined in welcoming USS Independence into the U.S. Navy fleet, where it will serve as a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments


This Day in Naval History – Oct. 20

1824 - U.S. Schooner Porpoise captures four pirate ships off Cuba. 1944 - Seventh Fleet lands over 60,000 Army troops on Leyte, Philippines while Japanese aircraft attack. 1952 - Task Force 77 establishes ECM Hunter/Killer Teams of 2 ECM equipped aircraft and an armed escort of 4 Skyraiders and 4 Corsairs. 1967 - Operation Coronado VII began in Mekong Delta, Vietnam. 1983 - Due to political strife, USS Independence (CV-59 ) ordered to Grenada.


USS Coronado Launches with Thrustmaster

The CORONADO is the second Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) that Thrustmaster of Texas has provided with secondary propulsion equipment.

Thrustmaster of Texas is awarded contract for LCS 6 and LCS 8.   In a time-honored ceremony, amid much pomp and tradition, the majestic 418-foot trimaran built by Austal in Mobile, Alabama officially became the future USS CORONADO (LCS 4). With a Thrustmaster hydraulic retractable azimuthing thruster under her bow, the U.S. Navy’s newest ship was christened today before hundreds of distinguished guests and navy brass


Austal LCS Contracts Signify Navy's Program Commitment

USS Independence: Photo credit USMRA

The US Navy has exercised contract options with Austal USA for the construction of LCS 14 & LCS 16. Austal USA’s order backlog has grown by approximately $681.7 million dollars as a result of two additional Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) contract options being exercised by the United States Navy. The contract options fund construction of the LCS 14 and LCS 16, the fifth and sixth ships in the 10-ship block buy award made to an Austal-led team in December 2010


Navy's Littoral Combat Ships: Latest Update

Littoral Combat Ship: Photo courtesy of USN

The Navy plans to buy 52 LCS in accordance with the long-range shipbuilding plan – continuing the remainder of the block buy ships through FY 2015 (up to hull number 24) and then starting the next procurement contract in FY 2016. To date, the Navy has taken delivery of USS Freedom (LCS 1) , USS Independence (LCS 2) and USS Fort Worth (LCS 3). There is and continues to be discussion on changes to the ships and mission packages


This Day in Naval History - Oct. 1

From the Navy News Service 1800 - U.S. schooner Experiment captures French schooner Diana. 1844 - The Naval Observatory, headed by Lt. Matthew Fontaine Maury, occupies its first permanent quarters. 1874 - Supply Corps purser Lt. J.Q. Barton is given leave to enter service of new Japanese Navy to organize a pay department and instruct Japanese about accounts. He served until Oct. 1, 1877, when he again became a purser in the U.S. Navy.


Navy to Base First Four LCS in San Diego

The Navy announced today that the first four Littoral Combat Ships LCS) will be homeported at Naval Station San Diego, Calif. Key in the success of implementing these new concepts is the ability to collocate these ships to achieve readiness alignment and economy of scale. This collocation is especially important for the first ships in the class as waterfront facilities, infrastructure, training and maintenance


Latest DofD Navy Contracts

USS Independence: Photo courtesy of Austal

Recent Navy contracts include awards to General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, and to BAE Systems. General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, is being awarded a $9,011,625 cost-plus-award-fee order to previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00024-13-G-2316) to provide material and labor in support of the post-shakedown availability (PSA) for USS Independence (LCS 2). This order is for the execution of LCS 2's PSA phase two


Coronado (LCS 4) Completes Navy Acceptance Trials

LCS 4: Photo credit Navy.mil on Facebook

This milestone achievement, say builders Austal, after trials in the Gulf of Mexico, involved the execution of intense comprehensive tests by the Navy while underway, which demonstrated the successful operation of the ship’s major systems and equipment. Upon returning from trials, Craig Perciavalle, President of Austal USA, remarked, “The successful completion of acceptance trials for this vessel validates the quality and reliability of Austal’s shipbuilding know-how


This Day In Naval History - January 04

USS Michigan (Photo: U.S. Navy)

1910 - USS Michigan, the first U.S. dreadnought battleship, is commissioned.   1943 - USS Shad (SS 235) sinks German minesweeper M 4242 (ex-French trawler Odet II) in the Bay of Biscay.   1944 - USS Bluefish (SS 222) and USS Rasher (SS 269) attack a Japanese convoy off French


Keel-laying Ceremony for USS Tulsa (LCS 16)

LCS 16 Keel authentication - sponsor Kathy Taylor Courtesy Austal

  Austal hosted a keel-laying ceremony for the future USS Tulsa (LCS 16) here today, marking the first significant milestone in the ship’s construction. This ship is the sixth Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS) built at Austal under the 10-ship, $3


Navy to Christen Littoral Combat Ship Sioux City

Mary Winnefeld, center left, wife of Adm. James Winnefeld Jr., the vice chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, watches as her initials are welded into the keel of the future littoral combat ship USS Sioux City (LCS 11) Photo US

The Navy will christen its newest Freedom variant littoral combat ship, USS Sioux City (LCS 11), during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony Saturday, Jan. 30 in Marinette, Wisconsin. Sioux City, designated LCS 11, honors the city of Sioux City, Iowa.


This Day In US Naval History - February 1

USS Enterprise (CV-6) (Official U.S. Navy Photograph)

1800 - USS Constellation engages French frigate La Vengeance in a 5-hour battle during the Quasi War. 1902 - USS Plunger (SS-2), the lead ship of the Plunger-class submarine, launches. She is commissioned Sept. 19, 1903, at the Holland Company yard at New Suffolk, Long Island, N.Y


USS Cincinnati Will Be Powered by GE Engines

LM2500 Engine (Photo: GE Marine)

GE Marine said its LM2500 marine engines will provide power for the U.S. Navy’s new Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), USS Cincinnati (LCS 20). USS Cincinnati’s two engines will be manufactured at GE’s Evendale, Ohio facility. Each LM2500 engine produces more than 29,500 horsepower


Third Austal-built LCS Delivered to the US Navy

Photo: Austal

 Shipbuilder Austal reports it has delivered the third littoral combat ship (LCS) built at its Mobile, Ala. shipyard to the U.S. Navy on August 11. This milestone marks the first LCS ship built by Austal as the prime contractor as part of a 10-ship, $3.5 billion block-buy contract.  


Next US Littoral Combat Ship Named Oakland

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus announces the name of the Independence-class littoral combat ship LCS 24 as USS Oakland during a major league baseball game between the Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Dodgers. (U.S. Navy photo by Armando Gonzales)

The U.S. Navy’s next Independence variant Littoral Combat Ship will be named USS Oakland (LCS 24), U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced August 18.   The future USS Oakland will be named to honor its namesake city’s long-standing history with the Navy


USN Names Next LCS

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus

  Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today that the next Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) will be named USS Tulsa (LCS 16). The selection of the name honors Oklahoma’s second largest city. Tulsa will be the second, commissioned ship to bear the name


Singapore Navy Rescues Five Crew from Capsized Trawler

Five Malaysian fishermen staying afloat on the keel of the capsized fishing trawler while waiting to be rescued. Photo: Republic of Singapore Navy

 A patrol vessel of the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has rescued five crew members from a Malaysian-registered fishing trawler that had capsized in Singapore waters, said the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).   The trawler, PAF 4658


Keel Laid of US Navy’s Future LCS Billings

A welder authenticates the keel by welding the initials of the ships sponsor, Sharla D. Tester, onto the keel plate of the U.S. Navys fifteenth Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the future USS Billings (LCS 15), in a ceremony held at Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin. The Keel Laying is the formal recognition of the start of the ship and module construction process. (U.S. Navy photo by Lockheed Martin)

A keel laying ceremony was held Monday for the U.S. Navy’s future USS Billings (LCS 15) at Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard in Wisconsin.   Sharla Tester, Billings' sponsor and wife of Sen. Jon Tester, authenticated the ship's keel


Navy to Commission USS Jackson (LCS 6)

Courtesy DoD

  The Navy will commission its newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship, USS Jackson (LCS 6), during a 10 CST ceremony Saturday, Dec. 5 in Gulfport, Mississippi. Jackson, designated LCS 6, honors the city of Jackson, Mississippi, and is the first U.S


NASSCO Launches ECO Class Tanker Independence

Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO

U.S shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO launched the first ship in a series of ECO Class tankers for the SEA-Vista fleet at a christening and launch ceremony at the company’s shipyard in San Diego on Saturday, December 12.   The ship, the Independence, is a 610-foot, 50


US Navy’s Newest LCSs Feature GE Gas Turbines

USS Omaha Littoral Combat Ship during launch at Austal USA’s facility in Gulfport. In addition, sister LCS USS Jackson was recently commissioned in Gulfport. Both ships are powered by GE LM2500 gas turbines. Photo courtesy of Austal USA.

The U.S. Navy has recently commissioned and launched two Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) of the Independence-variant, both of which are powered by two GE LM2500 marine gas turbines, GE Marine reports.   The USS Jackson was commissioned on December 5 in a ceremony in Gulfport, Miss


Navy to Christen Littoral Combat Ship Omaha

USS Omaha during the launch, Image Austal

  The Navy will christen its newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship, USS Omaha (LCS 12), during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony Saturday, Dec. 19 in Mobile, Alabama. Omaha, designated LCS 12, honors the city of Omaha, Nebraska. The Honorable Ray Mabus, secretary of the Navy


Readers’ Choice: Top 10 Maritime Stories of 2015

CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin (Photo: CMA CGM)

Per usual, the year 2015 was an eventful one for the global maritime market, with a number of historical firsts and technological breakthroughs, a year fraught with triumph and tragedy, As 2015 comes to a close we look here at the 10 stores ..






 
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