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Tuesday, October 13, 2020 

Austal has announced that the future 'USS Mobile' (LCS 26), the 13th Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) built by Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama, for the United States Navy (USN), has successfully completed acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico.

Austal CEO David Singleton said: “I know that the Austal USA team are particularly proud of this latest LCS, which is named after their home city of Mobile, and they have every reason to be proud given this is the third ship built by Austal USA to have completed acceptance trials for the US Navy in 2020. The successful completion of acceptance trials for Mobile in Mobile, during this challenging time in world history is an outstanding achievement and testament to the skills and commitment of the Austal USA team.”

Acceptance trials involve the execution of a number of tests by the Austal USA-led industry team while the vessel is underway; demonstrating to the Navy the successful operation of the ship’s major systems and equipment. The trials are the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship, scheduled for October 2020.

The Independence-class LCS is a high-speed, shallow-draught surface combatant with an aluminium trimaran hull. The ships are designed to defeat growing littoral threats and provide access and dominance along coastal waters. Five Independence class ships, including Mobile, are currently under construction at Austal USA.

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