U.S. Navy receives USS Manchester
Austal delivered seventh Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Manchester (LCS 14) to the U.S. Navy, during a ceremony in Mobile, Alabama, Feb. 28.
The Manchester delivery, the second LCS delivered to the Navy by Austal in less than six months, follows the USS Omaha (LCS 12) commissioning, which took place in San Diego last month.
The LCS is a modular, reconfigurable ship designed to meet validated fleet requirements for surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and mine countermeasures missions in the littoral region. An interchangeable mission package is embarked on each LCS and provides the primary mission systems in one of these warfare areas. Using an open architecture design, modular weapons, sensor systems and a variety of manned and unmanned vehicles to gain, sustain, and exploit littoral maritime supremacy, LCS provides U.S. joint force access to critical theaters.