Austal has delivered the US Navy’s twelfth Independence-class littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Omaha (LCS 12), at its manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama, US.
USS Omaha is a 127m-long frigate-sized vessel designed in Australia and is the fourth LCS under the company’s $3.5bn ten-ship, block-buy contract.
Commenting on the delivery, Austal chief executive officer David Singleton said: “This delivery continues to show our capability to produce large, complex naval ships."
Austal is the only foreign company to have been selected as the prime contractor for the acquisition of the US Navy vessel and is currently constructing up to 15 of the country’s surface fleet.
Singleton added: “The Independence-variant LCS platform has gone from strength to strength, and has steadily raised the bar in terms of efficiency and technological innovation in shipbuilding.
“I look forward to building on our successes, both abroad and at home.”
On 20 November 2015, Austal launched the naval vessel in Mobile, and the LCS was christened by the US Navy on 19 December in the same year.
With a maximum speed of more than 40k, the LCS 12 has been designed to operate both in near-shore and open-ocean environments.
The vessel combines superior seakeeping, endurance and speed with the volume and payload capacity to support missions.
Image: Launch of USS Omaha (LCS 12) at Austal facility in Mobile, Alabama, US. Photo: courtesy of Austal.