US Navy’s Independence-class LCS USS Montgomery concludes CSSQT

20 July 2018 (Last Updated July 20th, 2018 12:26)

The US Navy's Independence-class littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8) has successfully completed its combat system ship qualification trials (CSSQT).

US Navy’s Independence-class LCS USS Montgomery concludes CSSQT
USS Montgomery conducts a live-fire exercise with the ship’s MK 110 MOD 0 57mm gun weapon system. Credit: US Navy by gunner’s mate second class John Eric Faulkner / Released.

The US Navy’s Independence-class littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8) has successfully completed its combat system ship qualification trials (CSSQT).

LCS 8’s combat systems suite was put through several tests during the qualification trials in order to validate its performance.

The CSSQT also tested the USS Montgomery’s ability to track and disable high-speed-manoeuvring surface targets.

A number of firing exercises and tests were also conducted using the combat ship’s 57mm Bofors gun weapons system against a fast-attack craft.

Each of these scenarios was successfully completed, thereby demonstrating the capabilities of the combat systems suite.

"The entire Montgomery team has put a lot of hard work and dedication into completing all the required inspections and trials."

In addition, the ship’s automatic launching of expendables (ALEX) decoy launching system was also demonstrated during the trial programme.

USS Montgomery commanding officer commander Wayne Liebold said: “The entire Montgomery team has put a lot of hard work and dedication into completing all the required inspections and trials.

“I am proud of their accomplishments and we look forward to bringing Montgomery’s combat power to the fleet as an operational asset.”

USS Montgomery is now set to focus on training and certifying for deployment over the next year, in addition to completing any required missions.

The 418ft-long LCS 8 was originally commissioned with the US Navy on 10 September 2016.

It has a full load displacement of 2,784t and can travel at top speed of more than 50k.

The vessel is homeported in San Diego, where it is undergoing routine maintenance and training before being deployed with the navy.

The US Navy’s LCSs are fast, manoeuvrable and networked surface-combatants that can be deployed to carry out focused missions such as surface warfare, mine warfare and anti-submarine warfare.