Austal USA is being awarded an order, worth around $10 million, to provide services in support of the post shakedown availability (PSA) of the U.S. Navy’s Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship, USS Manchester (LCS-14).
The cost-plus-award-fee order, awarded against a previously awarded basic ordering agreement, was awarded by the Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion, and Repair (SUPSHIP) Gulf Coast (SSGC) located in Pascagoula, Mississippi.
According to the order, Austal will provide engineering and management services in support of work specification development, prefabrication efforts, and material procurement for the PSA. The PSA is accomplished within a period of approximately 16-20 weeks between the time of ship custody transfer to the Navy and the Shipbuilding and Conversion, Navy Obligation Work Limiting date. Efforts will include program management, advance planning, engineering, design, prefabrication, and material kitting.
Work will be performed in Mobile, Alabama (60 percent); and San Diego, California (40 percent), and is expected to be completed by July 2019.
USS Manchester (LCS-14)
USS Manchester (LCS-14) will be an Independence-class littoral combat ship in the United States Navy. She will be the second ship to be named for Manchester, New Hampshire.
The ship’s keel was laid on 29 June 2015, at Mobile, Alabama. The initials of New Hampshire senator Jeanne Shaheen, the ship’s sponsor, were welded into the hull of Manchester during the traditional keel laying ceremony. Manchester was christened on 7 May 2016 and launched on 12 May 2016. She is scheduled to be commissioned on 26 May 2018.
The ship will be homeported in San Diego, California with sister ships USS Independence (LCS 2), USS Coronado (LCS 4), USS Jackson (LCS 6), USS Montgomery (LCS 8), USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) and the future USS Omaha (LCS 12). She will be assigned to Littoral Combat Ship Squadron ONE (COMLCSRON ONE).
LCS is a modular, reconfigurable ship designed to meet validated fleet requirements for Surface Warfare, Anti-Submarine Warfare, and Mine Countermeasures missions in the littoral region. An interchangeable mission package is embarked on each LCS and provides the primary mission systems in one of these warfare areas. Using an open architecture design, modular weapons, sensor systems and a variety of manned and unmanned vehicles to gain, sustain, and exploit littoral maritime supremacy, LCS provides U.S. joint force access to critical theaters.