Perth international shipbuilder Austal has delivered its eleventh Littoral Combat Ship, the future USS Kansas City (pictured), to the US Navy.
Built at the company’s Mobile, Alabama shipyard, the 127-metre long LCS’s are fast, multi-purpose vessels designed for near-shore waters, but capable of operating across the open ocean.
Austal Chief Executive David Singleton said the LCS programme was achieving quality, cost and productivity improvements with each new vessel completed.
Singleton said: “We have now delivered 11 of the 19 Independence-class LCS currently contracted and it is very pleasing to see more of these ships deployed around the world, adding great capability to the US Navy.
The platform continues to be upgraded, with Austal’s partner General Dynamics recently installing a new over the horizon missile system in the USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10).
The Gabrielle Giffords and the USS Montgomery are deployed in USN operations in South East Asia.
Five further LCS’s are in various stages of construction at Mobile, including LCS 30, the future USS Canberra named in honour of the Australian capital.
Austal is also constructing 14 Expeditionary Fast Transport vessels for the USN at Mobile.
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