Austal Lays Keel for US Navy’s Fifth Independence-Class LCS USS Manchester

In accordance with a contract awarded to them in 2010, Austal, a global defense prime contractor and a manufacturer and designer of commercial and defense ships, is responsible for fulfilling a $3.5 billion block-buy contract for 10 variant littoral combat ships. These littoral combat ships (LCS) are quick, highly maneuverable, and are networked combat ships which are the first of a new family of surface ships for the United States Navy. They were designed to meet the vital requirement for shallow draft vessels to function in coastal waters in order to counter the threats of quiet diesel submarines and coastal mines.

Recently, on June 29, 2015, the United States Navy and Austal held a keel-laying ceremony for the future USS Manchester (LCS 14). This ship will be the fifth Independence variant littoral combat ship built at Austal. The keel serves as the major source of the hull’s (ship body) strength, acting as the basic foundation for the entire structure. Keel laying marks the beginning of final assembly, making this keel-laying ceremony a significant milestone in the ship’s construction.

“With 19 modules of Manchester already erected, and the christening of Gabrielle Giffords just a few short weeks ago, it’s exciting to see just how well the LCS program is maturing here,” said the president of Austal USA, Craig Perciavalle. “This milestone would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of Austal’s talented design and production team.”

Austal USA has persistently expanded their service and repair capabilities over the years. They offer a full-service shipyard with the capacity for high-speed construction and design for vessel repair and service. Austal’s new office and warehouse located in San Diego, California, has positioned the company for potential new business.

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