Future USS Savannah christened
Austal announced the christening of the future USS Savannah (LCS 28) at the Austal USA manufacturing plant in Mobile, Ala.
The future USS Savannah is the 14th of 19 Independence-class Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) that Austal USA has with the United States Navy under contract.
Austal Limited Chief Executive David Singleton said the continued performance of the shipbuilding program Independence-class LCS showed the comprehensive capabilities of the high-caliber Austal USA team.
Five LCSs are currently under construction at the Mobile Shipyard of Austal USA; the future USS Mobile (LCS 26) is planning for sea trials; assembly is ongoing at the future USS Savannah (LCS 28) and USS Canberra (LCS 30); while modules for the future USS Santa Barbara (LCS 32) and USS Augusta (LCS 34) are under construction at the Module Manufacturing Facility (MMF).
The future USS Kingsville (LCS 36) and USS Pierre (LCS 38) are being contractually decided.
Austal USA is also the Navy's prime contractor for the Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) program as well as being in full-rate development for the LCS programme. Austal supplied 12 EPFs, for a total of 14 under contract.
Austal USA also leads the development of connector and auxiliary ships, as Austal EPF designs continue to impress fleet commanders for dedicated medical, repair, logistics, and command and control ships.
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