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Monday, June 29, 2020 

Austal of Western Australia says that its Austal USA subsidiary has delivered its 12th Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) to the US Navy, from the company’s shipyard in Mobile, Alabama.

The future USS Oakland (LCS 24) is the second ship delivered by Austal USA to the US Navy in 2020, following the delivery of USS Kansas City (LCS 22) in February.

Austal CEO David Singleton said: “There is a strong sense of pride and accomplishment at Austal USA with the successful delivery of LCS 24, during this current Covid-19 pandemic. Austal USA has met the challenge to safely and efficiently maintain the delivery schedule of the future USS Oakland, while continuing to perform a critical role in the United States’ defence industrial base.”

The Independence-class LCS is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open-ocean operation. It is designed to defeat asymmetric ‘anti-access’ threats, such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft. The 127m high-speed trimaran hull warship integrates new technology and capability to support current and future mission capability from deep water to the littorals.

Five more LCS vessels are presently under various stages of construction at the Mobile, Alabama shipyard, with two more under contract. Austal USA is also under contract to build 14 Expeditionary Fast Transport vessels (EPF) for the US Navy, with 11 vessels already delivered, an additional two vessels in various stages of construction and one scheduled.

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