The Littoral Combat Ship that will be the USS Mobile has completed its acceptance trials, according to shipbuilder Austal.
The ship, now known as the LCS 26, completed its trials – the last major hurdle before delivery to the U.S. Navy – at the end of September, Austal said.
“I am proud of how the Austal team has come together again, in the middle of this pandemic, only a week after a Cat 2 hurricane made landfall in our backyard, completing another milestone for one of our Navy ships – especially one so near and dear to us, named after our great city of Mobile, Alabama,” Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle said. “This is proof of what happens when we work together with our Navy teammates to form an incredibly strong team that just gets the job done and done the right way.”
Austal has four other LCS ships under construction for delivery to the U.S. Navy, including the future USS Savannah, USS Canberra, USS Santa Barbara and USS Augusta.
Austal describes the LCS as “a fast, maneuverable and networked surface-combatant.”
“LCS provides the required warfighting capabilities and operational flexibility to execute focused missions such as surface warfare, mine warfare and anti-submarine warfare,” Austal says.