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US NAVY TRIMARAN COMPLETES ACCEPTANCE TRIALS

US NAVY TRIMARAN COMPLETES ACCEPTANCE TRIALS

Friday, May 28, 2021 

Austal has announced that the future 'USS Savannah' (LCS 28), the 14th Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) built by Austal USA for the United States Navy (USN) has successfully completed acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico.

Austal CEO Paddy Gregg said: “The Austal USA team are quite rightly filled with pride and a collective sense of achievement following the recent commissioning of USS Mobile in their home city, following the vessel’s delivery in December 2020. The successful completion of acceptance trials for Savannah, in the same week as the commissioning of Mobile, clearly demonstrates the capabilities of the Austal USA team to deliver multiple naval ship programmes for the US Navy, productively and efficiently.”

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 USN 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 late June 2021.

The future USS Savannah will be homeported in San Diego, with 13 other Independence-class LCS. The Independence-class LCS is a high-speed, shallow-draught surface combatant with an aluminium trimaran hull that provides multi-mission capability. Austal USA’s Independence-class LCS programme continues at a full rate of production, with four ships currently under construction.

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