Austal USA’s eleventh littoral combat ship, LCS 22, destined to become the USS Kansas City, completed acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico recently and will be delivered to the U.S. Navy later this year.
Acceptance trials demonstrate that the ship’s major systems and equipment function as expected.
The LCS ships are designed for high speed and shallow draft missions, capabilities useful for surface warfare, mine warfare and anti-submarine warfare.
Including the Kansas City, Austal has six ships under construction at its Mobile waterfront shipyard. The USS Oakland (LCS 24) has launched and is preparing for trials. The USS Mobile (LCS 26) and the USS Savannah (LCS 28) are in final assembly. Modules are under construction for the USS Canberra (LCS 30) and the USS Santa Barbara (LCS 32).
Austal USA is headquartered in Mobile, with additional operations in San Diego, Seattle, Portland and Singapore.