U.S. Navy Orders Three More Littoral Combat Ships

The U.S. Navy has awarded contracts for another three Littoral Combat Ships, bringing the total number of vessels ordered so far to 32. The new awards were issued as modifications to existing LCS contracts with Lockheed Martin and Austal USA. Austal received two of the awards while Lockheed received the third. The three LCSs are the future LCS 29, LCS 32 and LCS … [Read more...]

U.S. Navy’s Newest Littoral Combat Ship Stuck in Ice for Winter

The U.S. Navy's newest Littoral Combat Ship, USS Little Rock, will have to spend its winter up north instead of Florida's warmer waters after the ship became stuck in ice in Montreal. The USS Little Rock, which was commissioned in Buffalo, New York on December 16, should be well on its new homeport in Mayport, Florida by now, but a delayed departure and colder-than-normal … [Read more...]

Lockheed’s Littoral Combat Ships Running 11 Months Late, U.S. Navy Says

By Tony Capaccio (Bloomberg) -- Lockheed Martin Corp. will deliver its eight remaining Littoral Combat Ships an average of 11 months late, more than twice the five-month delay for rival shipbuilder Austal Ltd., the U.S. Navy estimates. The contractors build different versions of the ship that’s been criticized for rising costs, equipment breakdowns and potential … [Read more...]

U.S. Navy Finds $500 Million for a Second Littoral Combat Ship in 2018

By Tony Capaccio (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Navy has found $500 million to buy a second Littoral Combat Ship in next year’s budget after scrounging that was required because the vessel was left out of the Trump administration’s proposed budget sent to Congress last month. About $325 million will be freed up because the Navy has delayed the overhaul of an aircraft carrier that … [Read more...]

U.S. Navy Commissions Littoral Combat Ship USS Gabrielle Giffords

The U.S. Navy commissioned its newest littoral combat ship, USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), before a crowd of 2,500 at Pier 21 at the Port of Galveston on Saturday. Adm. William Moran, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, delivered the ceremony's principal address before officially commissioning the ship into service. "As we man the rails today, blood gets pumped, the ship … [Read more...]