|Launch of USS Omaha (LCS 12) at Austal USA facility - Mobile, Alabama|
Mobile November 24, 2015 - Austal has launched the twelfth Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship, the future USS Omaha (LCS 12), at its state-of-the-art ship manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama, on Friday 20th November 2015. This marks the third ship Austal USA has launched this year.
“It’s exciting to successfully launch another LCS, we are pleased at how well the program is maturing,” said Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle. “Incredible teamwork makes it all happen and the team here is second to none.”
LCS 12 will undergo final outfitting and testing before sea trials and delivery to the U.S. Navy. Omaha, a 127m Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship, is the fourth LCS Austal has launched as part of a $3.5 billion 10-ship block buy contract.
Launch of USS Omaha (LCS 12) at Austal USA facility - Mobile, Alabama
This Austal built and designed Independence-class LCS combines superior seakeeping, endurance, and speed with the volume and payload capacity needed to support emerging missions enabling rapid response to ever-evolving missions, technologies and future threats.
Six Littoral Combat Ships along with four Expeditionary Fast Transports (EPF) – previously known as Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV) - are currently under construction in Austal’s Mobile, Alabama facility. Austal has delivered three LCS and five EPF to the US Navy to date. The US Navy took delivery of the future USS Jackson (LCS 6) in late July and she will sail away from Mobile in the coming weeks on her way to the Port of Gulfport, Mississippi to be commissioned. The future USS Montgomery (LCS 8) is preparing for acceptance sea trials in early 2016.