The Austal-built eighth Independence-variant Littoral combat ship (LCS 8), USS Montgomery, has completed acceptance trials conducted by the US Navy.
The four-day trial involved comprehensive testing of the vessel's major systems and equipment by the US Navy, including
of the propulsion plant, ship handling, and auxiliary systems.
The vessel also conducted launch and recovery operations of the 11m rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB), and undertook a full power run for a duration of four hours.
USS Montgomery also took part in surface and air self-defence detect-to-engage exercises, and exhibited the ship's maneuverability by performing tight turns and achieving speeds of more than 40k.
Austal CEO David Singleton said: "The successful completion of acceptance trials is a significant milestone for Austal and demonstrates how the LCS programme is progressively maturing.
"LCS 8 incorporates most of the modifications that have been identified to date following delivery of LCS 6, our first as prime contractor."
The US Navy had earlier awarded a $3.5bn contract to construct and deliver ten more LCSs.
The 127m long vessel is propelled by two LM2500s that come in diesel or gas turbine configurations, besides two diesel engines. It can operate in water at a depth of 20ft.
Image: USS Montgomery (LCS 8) completes acceptance trials. Photo: courtesy of Austal.