On Could twenty third, Austal USA efficiently launched the seventeenth Independence-variant Littoral Fight Ship (LCS), the long run USS Augusta (LCS 34). Assisted by tugs, the ship was escorted out of Austal USA’s floating dry dock and secured pier aspect on the waterfront for equipment commissioning and system activation in preparation for sea trials later this yr. The launch of Augusta was a multi-step course of which concerned lifting the two,500-metric-ton ship nearly three toes within the air, transferring it roughly 400 toes onto a moored deck barge adjoining to the meeting bay – utilizing transporters – then transferring the LCS from the deck barge to a floating dry dock. The floating dry dock was submerged with LCS 34 coming into the water for the primary time.

“We’re proud to announce one other profitable milestone achievement for the LCS program at Austal USA,” said Austal USA Vice President of New Building, Dave Growden. “Austal USA’s group of gifted shipbuilders are excited to have one other LCS within the water and are trying ahead to delivering her to the Navy so she will be a part of her sister ships within the Pacific fleet.”


Austal Launches seventeenth Independence-variant Littoral Fight Ship USS Augusta (LCS 34)

The LCS is a quick, agile, mission-focused platform designed to function in near-shore environments, profitable towards Twenty first-century coastal threats. The LCS is able to supporting ahead presence, maritime safety, sea management, and deterrence. With capabilities centered on defeating world challenges within the littorals, these floor combatants are designed to offer joint pressure entry within the littorals. LCS can function independently or in high-threat environments as a part of a networked battle pressure that features multi-mission floor combatants.

Augusta is the seventeenth of 19 Independence-variant Littoral Fight Ships that Austal USA is constructing for the U.S. Navy. 4 LCS are beneath varied phases of building. Austal USA can be establishing 4 Expeditionary Quick Transport ships for the U.S. Navy and can start building on Navajo-class Towing, Salvage, and Rescue Ships this summer season. The hull design developed from a challenge at Austal to design a excessive pace, 40 knot cruise ship. That hull design developed into the high-speed trimaran ferry HSC Benchijigua Specific and the Independence class was then proposed by Basic Dynamics and Austal as a contender for Navy plans to construct a fleet of smaller, agile, multipurpose warships to function nearshore within the littoral zone.