The US Navy is set to commission its newest Independence-class littoral combat ship (LCS) variant, USS Montgomery (LCS 8), on 10 September at Mobile, Alabama, US.
The Austal-built USS Montgomery is the second US ship to be christened after Montgomery, the capital of Alabama, and is the fourth Independence-variant LCS delivered to the navy.
US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said: “The commissioning of USS Montgomery is not only a celebration of the partnership we share with the people of a great southern capital, but also of our nation's highly skilled shipbuilders who, in building ships like Montgomery the US Navy's eighth littoral combat ship will help us continue to grow the fleet to more than 300 ships by the end of this decade.
“This great ship, and the sailors who serve aboard her, will represent the city of Montgomery, Alabama, and our nation around the world for years to come.”
USS Montgomery has been designed to provide a fast, agile, focused-mission platform to operate in near-shore environments as well as in open-ocean scenario. It will cater the required war fighting capabilities and operational flexibility to the navy.
The LCS seaframes will be equipped with reconfigurable payloads, called mission modules, which integrate with crew detachments and aviation assets to become complete mission packages.
These modules will assist in the deployment of manned and unmanned vehicles and sensors from the LCS in support of mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare, or surface warfare missions.
The LCS is being built in two variants; the Freedom variant is being built and delivered by Lockheed Martin and the Independence variant by Austal.