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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


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


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 - 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


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


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


Today in U.S. Naval History: April 14

The damaged hull of USS Samuel B. Roberts (U.S. Navy photo)

Today in U.S. Naval History - April 14 1898 - Commissioning of first Post Civil War hospital ship, USS Solace 1969 - North Korean aircraft shoots down Navy EC-121 reconnaissance aircraft from VQ-1 over the Sea of Japan 1988 - USS Samuel B. Roberts struck Iranian mine off Qatar


Today in U.S. Naval History: April 15

USS Chester (Photo courtesy NavSource)

Today in U.S. Naval History: April 15 1885 - Naval forces land at Panama to protect American interests during revolution 1912 - USS Chester and USS Salem sailed from MA to assist RMS Titanic survivors 1918 - First Marine Aviation Force formed at Marine Flying Field, Miami, Fla.


US Navy Vessel Heads Home Following Fire

USS Hue City (U.S. Navy photo by Deven B. King)

U.S. Fleet Forces announced late Monday that USS Hue City (CG 66) would return to her homeport of Mayport, Fla. on her own power following a fire that occurred April 14. No injuries to the crew were reported. According to the U.S. Navy


Keel-Laid for Navy's 10th LCS at Austal Yard

A Littoral Combat Ship: USN photo

The Navy and Austal USA held a keel-laying ceremony for the future 'USS Gabrielle Giffords', the Navy's 10th littoral combat ship (LCS), in Mobile, Ala., informs the Program Executive Office Littoral Combat Ships. The ship's sponsor, Roxanna Green, was unable to attend the ceremony


Today in U.S. Naval History: March 7

USS Grayback (U.S. Navy photo)

Today in U.S. Naval History - March 7 1958 - Commissioning of USS Grayback, first submarine built from keel up with guided missile capability, to fire Regulus II missile. 1960 - USS Kearsarge (CVS-33) rescues four Russian soldiers from their landing craft 1,000 miles from Midway Island


Divorce Costs Could Sour Scotland's North Sea Hopes

By Karolin Schaps, Reuters Scottish nationalists are betting $2.5 trillion of hydrocarbons trapped miles beneath the North Sea could bankroll an independent Scotland, but winning control of the European Union's largest oil reserves would be no blank cheque.


Navy Awards Fiscal 2014 LCS Contracts

LCS photo credit USN

Contract modifications have been issued to Lockheed Martin Corporation and Austal USA under their respective Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) block buy contracts to add funding for construction of two fiscal year 2014 Littoral Combat Ships each, informs the Program Executive Office, Littoral Combat Ships


Today in U.S. Naval History: March 17

Photo: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

Today in U.S. Naval History - March 17 1898 - USS Holland, first practical submarine, launched 1942 - United States Naval Forces Europe established to plan joint operations with British 1958 - Navy Vanguard rocket launches 3.25 pound sphere from Cape Canaveral


U.S. Forces Board Seized Tanker Ship

American forces yesterday boarded and took control of a commercial tanker ship, Morning Glory, that was seized earlier this month by three armed Libyans, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a Defense Department news release issued today.


Today in U.S. Naval History: March 27

USS Constitution (Watercolor attributed to Michel Felice Corné)

Today in U.S. Naval History - March 27 1794 - Congress authorizes construction of six frigates, including Constitution 1799 - USS Constitution recaptures American sloop Neutrality from France 1880 - USS Constellation departs New York with food for famine victims in Ireland


Today in U.S. Naval History: March 28

USS Essex, Artist: Joseph Howard (Courtesy U.S. Naval Academy Museum Collection)

Today in U.S. Naval History - March 28 1800 - Essex becomes first U.S. Navy vessel to pass Cape of Good Hope 1814 - HMS Phoebe and Cherub capture USS Essex off Valparaiso, Chile. Before capture, Essex had captured 24 British prizes during the War of 1812.


Today in U.S. Naval History: March 31

USS Missouri (BB-63). (Official U.S. Navy Photograph, U.S. National Archives collection)

Today in U.S. Naval History - March 31 1854 - Commodore Matthew Perry negotiates Treaty of Kanagawa to open trade between U.S. and Japan 1971 - Poseidon (C-3) missile becomes operational when USS James Madison began her third patrol carrying 16 tactical Poseidon missiles.


Today in U.S. Naval History: April 2

USS Glacier (© Richard Leonhardt)

Today in U.S. Naval History - April 2 1781 - Frigate Alliance captures two British privateers, Mars and Minerva 1827 - First Naval Hospital construction begun at Portsmouth, Va. 1947 - UN places former Japanese mandated islands under U.S. trusteeship


Britain Warns Scots: Independence would Hurt Energy Industry

Britain on Tuesday warned Scots that voting for independence would put jobs and investment in the Scottish energy industry at risk, threatening the commercial viability of North Sea oil and gas fields and renewable energy projects. In September Scotland will hold an referendum on whether to


Today in U.S. Naval History: April 10

USS Thresher (Naval Historical Center photo)

Today in U.S. Naval History - April 10 1941 - USS Niblack, while rescuing survivors of torpedoed ship, depth charged German submarine; first action of WW II between U.S. and German navies 1963 - During diving tests, USS Thresher lost with all hands (112 crew and 17 civilians) east of Cape Cod


 
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