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Tuesday, September 1, 2020 

Austal says the future 'USS Savannah' (LCS 28) has been christened at Austal USA’s manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama, this being the 14th of 19 Independence-class Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) Austal USA has under contract with the US Navy.

Austal CEO David Singleton said: “The christening of a ship is an important milestone and an appropriate time to reflect on all of the hard work that goes into the construction of each and every vessel. Congratulations to everyone at Austal USA and thank you for your tremendous productivity and efficiency in the delivery of the LCS programme.”

The Independence-class LCS is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments, yet it is also 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 LCSs are presently under various stages of construction at Austal USA’s Mobile, Alabama shipyard; the future USS Mobile (LCS 26) is preparing for sea trials; assembly is underway on the future USS Savannah (LCS 28) and USS Canberra (LCS 30); while modules for the future USS Santa Barbara (LCS 32) and USS Augusta (LCS 34) are under construction in the module manufacturing facility. The future USS Kingsville (LCS 36) and USS Pierre (LCS 38) are under contract.

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