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Keel is laid for future littoral combat ship USS Santa Barbara

Keel is laid for future littoral combat ship USS Santa Barbara

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Oct. 30 (UPI) -- The keel of the future Independence-class littoral combat ship USS Santa Barbara was ceremonially laid at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala., this week. Work on the ship, currently designated as LCS 32, formally began with ship sponsor Lolita Zinke applying her initials to the keel with an arc welder on Tuesday. Advertisement Attendance at the brief ceremony, called an authentication, was limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Through this new warship and the name she bears, we honor a city that represents the very best of the American spirit," said Capt. Mike Taylor, Navy LCS program manager. "We set forth the Santa Barbara armed with the most adaptive and effective capabilities, designed to defend the United States," Taylor said. LCS ships are designed for maneuver...
Littoral combat ship USS Kansas City finishes acceptance trials

Littoral combat ship USS Kansas City finishes acceptance trials

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Nov. 1 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy's 11th Independence-variant littoral combat ship, the USS Kansas City, this week finished its last major task before its delivery to the branch. The Kansas City on Thursday completed acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico, including tests of the vessels systems and a series of demonstrations in port and underway, the Navy said. Tests of the vessel, expected to be delivered to the Navy in December, focused on propulsion and electrical systems, as well as measures of its capability that included a full-power demonstration, steering and quick reversal, anchor drop test and combat system detect-to-engage sequences. "This level of performance is among the best I've seen for this class," Capt. Mike Taylor, LCS program manager for the Navy, said in a press release...
FLIR Surveillance awarded $12.6M for sensors aboard littoral combat ships

FLIR Surveillance awarded $12.6M for sensors aboard littoral combat ships

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Aug. 16 (UPI) -- FLIR Surveillance Inc. received a $ 12.6 million contract for supplies, repairs and upgrades to sensor systems aboard U.S. Navy littoral combat ships. The contract, announced Thursday by the Defense Department, refers to FLIR's Saffire III Electro-Optics Sensor Systems. The systems offer image stabilization, long-range and thermal imaging and color and low-light cameras. The systems are useful in search and rescue operations, reconnaissance, border and coastal patrol and target identification, the manufacturer said. Thousands of the ball-shaped 22-pound systems, which attach to horizontal planes of a vessel or aircraft, have been affixed to helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, as well as on the shallow-water littoral combat ships. The unit includes an optional sensor sys...
Future littoral combat ship Indianapolis completes acceptance trials

Future littoral combat ship Indianapolis completes acceptance trials

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June 26 (UPI) -- LCS 17, the U.S. Navy littoral combat ship soon to be named the USS Indianapolis, has completed its acceptance trials, designer Lockheed Martin announced on Wednesday. The trials, on Lake Michigan, were competed on June 19, concluding the vessel's final milestone before it is delivered to the Navy. It was built at Fincantieri Marinette Marine's facilities in Marinette, Wis., and is expected to be commissioned as the USS Indianapolis in October. The Navy conducted over 100 trials of the ship before declaring its acceptance. "LCS 17 is joining the second-largest class of ships in the U.S. Navy fleet, and we are proud to get the newest littoral combat ship one step closer to delivery," said Joe DePietro, Lockheed Martin vice president "This ship is lethal and flexible, and ...
Navy takes delivery of littoral combat ship USS Cincinnati

Navy takes delivery of littoral combat ship USS Cincinnati

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June 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of its newest littoral combat ship, to be named the USS Cincinnati, in ceremonies in Mobile, Ala. The ship, designated LCS 20, is a relatively small surface vessel designed for near-shore Navy operations, and is the 10th in the Navy's Independence class. The delivery on Friday marks the official transfer of the ship from its builder, Austal USA, to the Navy. It will be commissioned and officially named in ceremonies later this year in Gulfport, Miss. "This is a great day for the Navy and our country with the delivery of the future USS Cincinnati," said Capt. Mike Taylor, LCS program manager. "I look forward to celebrating the commissioning of this great ship alongside the crew later this year. This ship will play an essential role in in ca...