Navy Accepts Delivery of Future LCS USS Omaha
MOBILE, Ala. — The Navy accepted delivery of the future littoral combat ship Omaha (LCS 12) during a Sept 15 ceremony, Naval Sea Systems Command said in a Sept. 18 release.
Delivery marks the official transfer of LCS 12 from the shipbuilder, an Austal USA-led team, to the Navy. It is the final milestone prior to commissioning, which is planned for early 2018 in San Diego.
“Today marks a significant milestone in the life of the future USS Omaha, as transfer to the Navy occurs, and her in-service counter begins,” said Capt. Mike Taylor, the Navy’s LCS program manager. “I look forward to celebrating the commissioning of this fine ship after she departs from Austal and embarks upon her post-delivery test and trials period.”
Omaha is the 10th LCS to be delivered to the Navy and the sixth of the Independence variant to join the fleet. The Independence variant is noted for its unique trimaran hull, ability to operate at high speeds and its large flight deck size.
“We are excited to welcome the future USS Omaha into the LCS class,” said Capt. Jordy Harrison, commander, LCS Squadron One. “LCS are in high demand around the globe, and after additional ship testing and crew training, Omaha will join the fleet, serving combatant commanders in a wide range of worldwide missions.”
Commander, LCS Squadron One, supports the operational commanders with warships ready for tasking by manning, training, equipping and maintaining littoral combat ships on the west coast.
Following commissioning, Omaha will be homeported in San Diego with fellow ships USS Freedom (LCS 1), USS Independence (LCS 2), USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), USS Coronado (LCS 4), USS Jackson (LCS 6), USS Montgomery (LCS 8) and USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10).
The LCS class consists of two variants, the Freedom variant and the Independence variant, designed and built by two industry teams. The Freedom variant team is led by Lockheed Martin, with the Independence variant team led by Austal USA.