Navy Lays Keel of Future LCS Cincinnati
MOBILE, Ala. — The U.S. Navy held a keel-laying and authentication ceremony for the future littoral combat ship Cincinnati (LCS 20) at Austal USA’s shipyard in Mobile, Ala., April 10, Naval Sea Systems Command announced in an April 14 release.
Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and ship’s sponsor Penny Pritzker authenticated the keel for the 10th Independence variant of the LCS class during the ceremony. While keel-laying traditionally represents the formal start of a ship’s construction, advanced modular shipbuilding allows fabrication of the ship to begin months in advance. Today, keel-laying continues to symbolically recognize the joining of the ship’s components and the ceremonial beginning of the ship.
The LCS seaframe program manager’s representative, Navy Cmdr. Chris Addington, commended the Austal USA shipbuilders at the event.
“Through the hard work and dedication of the men and women of Austal, this keel will be built up to a highly capable Navy ship,” he said. “Thanks to all of you for your efforts to complete a great ship that will exemplify its namesake city.”
Cincinnati will be approximately 418 feet in length, with a width of nearly 104 feet.