The US Navy has revealed that its next two littoral combat ships (LCSs) will be named the future USS Nantucket (LCS 27) and the future USS Savannah (LCS 28) respectively.
The future USS Nantucket is a Freedom-variant LCS that will be named to honour the maritime history of the island of Nantucket, Massachusetts.
Meanwhile, the Independence-class navy ship, the future USS Savannah, represents the sixth LCS to carry the name of the oldest city in the state of Georgia, US.
LCS 27 will be constructed by Fincantieri Marinette Marine at the company’s facility in Marinette, Wisconsin, while LCS 28 is set to be built by Austal USA at its shipyard in Mobile, Alabama.
The LCS is a modular, reconfigurable vessel that has been specifically designed to address validated fleet requirements for surface warfare (SUW), anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and mine countermeasures (MCM) missions in the littoral region.
LCS is a fast, agile and mission-focused platform that can be deployed to carry out operations in both near-shore and open-ocean environments.
Each vessel is integrated with an interchangeable mission package that provides the primary mission systems for each respective warfare area.
The ships are capable of defeating asymmetric ‘anti-access’ threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft.
Freedom-variant LCSs feature a steel mono-hull design, while the Independence-variant ships are built on an aluminium trimaran concept.
Austal USA originally secured the contract for the construction of LCS 28 on 23 June last year, while the contract for the development of LCS 27 was awarded to Lockheed Martin on 6 October the same year.
The construction of the future USS Nantucket will be led by Lockheed Martin and take place at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard.