Shipbuilder Austal delivers eighth LCS 16 to US Navy
U.S. Navy accepted the delivery of the eighth future USS Tulsa (LCS 16), during a ceremony in Mobile, Ala on Monday.
The future LCS 16 will be the 13th LCS to enter the fleet. “Today marks a significant milestone in the life of the future USS Tulsa, as transfer occurs to the Navy and she enters service,” said a statement from Capt. Mike Taylor, LCS program manager. “I look forward to celebrating the commissioning of this fine ship alongside the crew later this year in San Francisco.”
Five LCS remain under construction at Austal’s Alabama shipyard. Charleston (LCS 18) is preparing for sea trials. Assembly is underway on Cincinnati (LCS 20) and Kansas City (LCS 22) and modules for Oakland (LCS 24) and Mobile (LCS 26) are under construction. Construction on LCS 28, recently named Savannah, is to begin later this year.
Austal is also under contract to build 12 Expeditionary Fast Transport vessels (EPF) for the U.S. Navy. The company has delivered nine EPFs while an additional three are in various stages of construction.