Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado (LCS-4) transits the Bohol Sea on June 17, 2017. US NAvy Photo
This article is the first in a three-part series on the changes occurring in the Littoral Combat Ship community as the fleet rapidly grows, moves to a new crewing and organizational construct and prepares for multi-ship forward operations.
SAN DIEGO -– The Littoral Combat Ship fleet has spent the last year in the midst of a reorganization and preparing for a new way of doing business following recommendations from a 2016 LCS Review that pointed the Navy towards injecting simplicity, stability and ownership into the unusual program.
A year into implementing those recommendations, the LCS fleet looks vastly different than originally envisioned – and to the benefit of both the program office, the sailors and operational commanders, several officers told USNI News. Read More
The littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10) transits San Diego Bay to arrive at the ship’s homeport of Naval Base San Diego on July 5, 2017. US Navy photo.
The Navy’s new Littoral Combat Ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10) completed its maiden voyage and arrived in its new homeport of San Diego. Read More
The following is a U.S. Navy video of the commissioning ceremony of the Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10) in Galveston, Texas. Speakers include Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. William Moran. The ship sponsor is Jill Biden and the ceremony speaker is former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Read More
Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords waves to a crowd in front of the littoral combat ship, USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), during the ship’s christening ceremony on June 13, 2015. US Navy photo.
The Navy accepted delivery of Independence-class littoral combat ship Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10) from shipbuilder Mobile Ala. Austal USA during a Friday ceremony, the service announced. Read More
Aerial view of the future littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) during its launch sequence at the Austal USA shipyard on Feb. 24, 2015. US Navy Photo
The Navy’s 10th Littoral Combat Ship successfully completed its acceptance trials ahead of a planned commissioning next year. Read More
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and her husband Mark Kelly attend a ceremony at the Pentagon in 2012. US Navy Photo
The tenth Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is slated to be christened for former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in a Saturday ceremony in Mobile, Ala, the Pentagon announced this week. Read More