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Austal’s USS Mobile completes acceptance trials

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The future USS Mobile (LCS 26) has successfully completed acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico ahead of delivery to the United States Navy (USN).

The 13th Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship built by Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama, The vessel is a high-speed, shallow-draft surface combatant with an aluminium trimaran hull.

Austal Chief Executive Officer David Singleton said Mobile was the third naval ship to successfully complete acceptance trials at Austal USA this year.

Singleton said: “I know that the Austal USA team are particularly proud of this latest LCS, which is named after their home city of Mobile.

“The successful completion of acceptance trials for Mobile in Mobile, during this challenging time in world history is an outstanding achievement and testament to the skills and commitment of the Austal USA team.”

Acceptance trials involve the execution of a number of tests by the Austal USA-led industry team while the vessel is underway, demonstrating the successful operation of the ship’s major systems and equipment.

Delivery is scheduled for October 2020.

The USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) continues her successful deployment with the Pacific fleet, while nine other Independence-class LCS are homeported in San Diego, USA.

Picture: Austal/Mobile shipyard

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