• BIST 96.121
  • Altın 242,203
  • Dolar 6,2046
  • Euro 7,2854
  • İstanbul 21 °C
  • Ankara 13 °C

Austal USA launches LCS 2

Austal USA launches LCS 2
Austal has successfully launched the 127 m Littoral Combat Ship INDEPENDENCE (LCS 2).

Austal USA launches LCS 2

Austal has successfully launched the 127 m Littoral Combat Ship INDEPENDENCE (LCS 2).

The launch procedure involved coordination of all large shipping traffic in the Mobile River while INDEPENDENCE was rolled out of the construction hall on sixty-six 100 ton rail-trolleys onto a floating drydock.

The 127 m Austal trimaran seaframe is the platform for the LCS's mission and weapon systems. This seaframe provides superior seakeeping and aviation as a result of its long, slender central hull and smaller side hulls ("amahs"). The trimaran hullform provides a large internal mission deck with a high payload carrying capacity.

Located above the mission bay is the flight deck capable of conducting dual H-60 helicopter operations and accommodating the US Navy's largest helicopter, an H-53, a feature not available on similar size naval warships. The vertical location of the flight deck on the trimaran hull form provides the highest flight deck elevation on a combatant ship other than a major amphibious vessel or aircraft carrier.

INDEPENDENCE will be moored alongside the Austal USA facility while the activation and testing of combat and other onboard systems is completed. Sea trials are expected to commence in late 2008.

In congratulating the workforce on the construction of the vessel and successful launch, Austal USA Chief Executive Officer Bob Browning commented:

"This is an incredible achievement not only for Austal but particularly for Austal USA which was only established in 1999. To have recruited, trained and developed a strong workforce of over 1,000 staff from scratch, who today launched the largest and most sophisticated aluminum warship built to date, is an impressive feat."

INDEPENDENCE is one of two alternative ship designs that will be evaluated by the U.S. Navy as part of its plan to expand the existing fleet to 313 ships. The Navy's current program of record calls ultimately for constructing 55 Littoral Combat Ships.


This news is a total 493 time has been read
  • Comments 0
    UYARI: Küfür, hakaret, rencide edici cümleler veya imalar, inançlara saldırı içeren, imla kuralları ile yazılmamış,
    Türkçe karakter kullanılmayan ve büyük harflerle yazılmış yorumlar onaylanmamaktadır.
    Bu habere henüz yorum eklenmemiştir.
Other News
  • MOL Launches Sunflower Kirishima20 September 2018 Thursday 10:30
  • GE Shipping Adds VLGC Jag Vasant to its Fleet20 September 2018 Thursday 10:00
  • Gulf Marine Services Bags MENA Contract20 September 2018 Thursday 09:30
  • Georgia Ports Authority Approves $92 Million Rail Expansion20 September 2018 Thursday 09:00
  • Ferry Burns and Sinks off Sulawesi19 September 2018 Wednesday 13:3
  • SENER-design LNG unit for Panfido19 September 2018 Wednesday 13:0
  • BSM Launches a Offshore Division19 September 2018 Wednesday 12:3
  • UK Aircraft Carrier Dodges Hurricane Florence19 September 2018 Wednesday 12:0
  • Boat Built with Recycled Plastic to Highlight Pollution19 September 2018 Wednesday 11:3
  • The USD1trln African Maritime Industry Mulls Further Growth19 September 2018 Wednesday 11:0
  • All Rights Reserved © 2006 TURKISH MARITIME | İzinsiz ve kaynak gösterilmeden yayınlanamaz.
    Phone : 0090 212 293 75 48 | Fax : 0090 212 293 75 49 |