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Don McGrogan
BMCS, USN (Ret.)

Jackson (LCS 6)


"Victoribus Spolia"
(To The Victors, The Spoils)
Specifications - LCS Littoral Combat Ship Independence Class (Variant 2, Flight 0, first generation):
Hull Type: Stabilized Trimaran Monohull
Displacement: 2176 tons (light), 2784 tons (full)
Dead Weight: 608 tons
Length: 418' (oa)
Beam: 93.2' (extreme)
Draft: 13' (Maximum Navigational Draft)
Propulsion: Two gas turbine engines, two propulsion diesels, two waterjets
Speed: 47 kts (sprint), 50+ kts (top speed)
Armament: Bofors 57mm naval gun; Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) launcher; 4 - .50 caliber machine gun mounts
Combat Management System: Northrup Grumman ICMS
Electronics: Ericsson Sea Giraffe (air / surface surveillance, weapon assignment);
Decoy System: 3 - Super RBOC; 2 - Nulka Decoy launchers
Complement: 26
Jackson (LCS 6) Building and Operational Data:
  • 29 December 2010: Contract Awarded to General Dynamics Corp. for $432 million
  • 18 March 2011: Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced LCS 6 will be named USS Jackson
  • 1 August 2011: Fabrication commenced at Austal USA Shipyard, Mobile, Ala.
  • 18 October 2012: Keel laid at Austal USA, Mobile, Ala.; keel authenticated by Dr. Katherine Holmes Cochran
  • 14 December 2013: Launched (christening scheduled for later date)
  • 22 March 2014: Christened, sponsored by Dr. Katherine Holmes Cochran sponsor, the daughter of Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran
  • 13 August 2015: Delivery of the ship accepted by the U.S. Navy
  • 05 December 2015: Commissioned at West Pier Terminal, Gulfport, Miss., Cmdr Allen D. Adkins (LCS Crew 203) in command, assigned to LCS Squadron One at San Diego, Cal.

    Note:
    1.) The contract option awarded to Lockheed Martin Corporation is managed by Lockheed Martin's Maritime Systems and Sensors division in Moorestown NJ. The Lockheed Martin team includes: Marinette Marine shipyard, Bollinger Shipyards, Gibbs and Cox naval architects, Izar of Spain and Blohm & Voss naval shipbuilders.

    2.) The contract option awarded to General Dynamics is managed by Bath Iron Works at Bath, Me. The major members of General Dynamics team are: Austal USA, based in Mobile, Ala.; BAE Systems, Rockville, Md; Maritime Applied Physics Corporation, Baltimore, Md; CAE Marine Systems, Leesburg, Va.; Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, Baltimore, Md; General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, Burlington, Vt.; General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, Conn.; General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Washington, D.C.; and General Dynamics Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

    "Jackson, The Ship"     -    "Jackson, The People"

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    Independence 102k 27 May 2004: Washington DC - The U.S. Navy announced today that General Dynamics - Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, will be one of two defense contracting teams awarded contract options for final system design with options for detail design and construction of up to two Flight 0 Littoral Combat Ships (LCS). The LCS is an entirely new breed of U.S. Navy warship. A fast, agile, and networked surface combatant, LCS's modular, focused-mission design will provide Combatant Commanders the required warfighting capabilities and operational flexibility to ensure maritime dominance and access for the joint force. LCS will operate with focused-mission packages that deploy manned and unmanned vehicles to execute missions including, Special Operations Forces (SOF) support, high-speed transit, Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO), Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), and Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection (AT/FP).  (Artist concept provided to the U.S. Navy courtesy of General Dynamics, Photo #040527-O-0000G-004, from the Navy Newstand) Navsource
    Jackson 306k 02 August 2011: Mobile, Ala. - Austal USA machinery operators Michael Wright, left, and Kyle Sealy monitor the first cut of aluminum for the sixth littoral combat ship, the future USS Jackson (LCS 6), at the Austal USA modular manufacturing facility in Mobile, Ala. The first cut is a significant ship construction milestone, signifying the ship's progression from design drawings to the beginning of a tangible form.  (U.S. Navy photo #110802-N-XX949-001 courtesy of Dee Dee Bonner, Austal USA from the Navy Newstand)
    Jackson 483k 05 October 2011: Jackson, Miss. - Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Ray Mabus and Mayor of Jackson Harvey Johnson, right, celebrate the naming of the sixth littoral combat ship USS Jackson (LCS 6) during a press conference outside Jackson City Hall.  (U.S. Navy photo #111005-N-AC887-001 by MCC Sam Shavers from the Navy Newstand)
    Coronado 245k 16 December 2013: Mobile, Ala. - The Jackson (LCS 6) lies astern of the Coronado (LCS 4) at Austal’s shipyard on 16 December. Accepted by the Navy on 27 September, the Coronado is in the final stages of fitting out before leaving next year for her home port of San Diego. This scene represents the first time either of the LCS shipyards have had two ships of the type afloat at the same time.  (Austal-Ingalls photo #130 taken by Christopher P. Cavas, from the web site Intercepts - Defense News) Lee Wahler
    Lcdr., USN (ret.)
    Jackson 183k 16 December 2013: Mobile, Ala. - The Independence-class littoral combat ship Jackson (LCS 6) sits alongside at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama on 16 December, two days after her floating out and launching.  (Austal-Ingalls photo #129 taken by Christopher P. Cavas, from the web site Intercepts - Defense News)
    Jackson 158k 16 December 2013: Mobile, Ala. - The Jackson sits pierside on the evening of 16 December. The forward 57mm gun mount is wrapped in protective sheeting, as the ship still faces months of fitting out work.  (Austal-Ingalls photo #194 taken by Christopher P. Cavas, from the web site Intercepts - Defense News)
    Jackson 238k 22 March 2014: Mobile, Ala. - The littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Jackson (LCS 6) during its christening ceremony at Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala.  (U.S. Navy photo #140322-O-ZZ999-203 courtesy of Austal U.S.A., from the Navy Newstand) Navsource
    Jackson 181k 22 March 2014: Mobile, Ala. - Dr. Katherine Holmes Cochran, Ph.D., ship's sponsor for the littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Jackson (LCS 6), breaks a bottle across Jackson's bow during a christening ceremony at Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala.  (U.S. Navy photo #140322-O-ZZ999-202 courtesy of Austal U.S.A., from the Navy Newstand)
    Jackson 316k 22 March 2014: Mobile, Ala. - Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus delivers remarks during the christening ceremony for the future USS Jackson (LCS 6). During his speech, Mabus spoke about the littoral combat ship's capabilities as well as its namesake.  (U.S. Navy photo #140322-N-PM781-002 by MC1 Arif Patani, from the Navy Newstand)
    Jackson 413k 11 June 2015: Mobile, Ala. - The future USS Jackson (LCS 6) sits alongside her fitting out pier at Austal USA.   (© Photo courtesy of  Austal USA)
    Jackson 171k 05 December 2015: Gulfport, Miss. - Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus speaks with media before commissioning the Navy's newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship, USS Jackson (LCS 6), in Gulfport, Miss.  (U.S. Navy photo #151205-N-AC887-001 by MCC Sam Shavers, from the Navy Newstand)
    Jackson 94k 13 August 2015: At Sea - Austal USA has delivered the USS Jackson (LCS 6), the first LCS ship built by Austal as the prime contractor as part of a 10-ship, $3.5 billion block-buy contract. It was the third Littoral Combat Ship built at its Mobile, Ala., facility—the world’s largest aluminum construction shipyard.

    On hand for the hand over was Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle, who called the delivery “a major milestone for our company.”

    After the delivery of Jackson, six Independence-variant LCS remain under construction at Austal’s Alabama shipyard. Montgomery (LCS 8) is being prepared for trials later this year. Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) was recently christened, while Omaha (LCS 12) is being prepared for launch in the fall, and assembly is underway on Manchester (LCS 14). Modules for Tulsa (LCS 16) and Cherleston (LCS 18) are under construction in Austal’s module manufacturing facility and construction of Cincinnati (LCS 20) is slated to begin later this year.  (Caption and photo from the Marine Log)
    Jackson 266k 05 December 2015: Gulfport, Miss. - Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus renders honors as the honor guard presents the colors during the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship, USS Jackson (LCS 6), in Gulfport, Miss.  (U.S. Navy photo #151205-N-AC887-002 by MCC Sam Shavers, from the Navy Newstand)
    Jackson 382k 05 December 2015: Gulfport, Miss. - Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus delivers remarks during the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship, USS Jackson (LCS 6), in Gulfport, Miss.  (U.S. Navy photo #151205-N-AC887-004 by MCC Sam Shavers, from the Navy Newstand)
    Jackson 314k 05 December 2015: Gulfport, Miss. - Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus delivers remarks during the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship, USS Jackson (LCS 6), in Gulfport, Miss.  (U.S. Navy photo #151205-N-AC887-003 by MCC Sam Shavers, from the Navy Newstand)
    Jackson 761k 23 April 2016: Mayport, Fla. - Three views of USS Jackson moored at the Mayport Naval Station Lee Wahler
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    Jackson 591k 10 June 2016: The Atlantic Ocean - The littoral combat ship USS Jackson (LCS 6) successfully completes the first of three scheduled full-ship shock trials. The shock trials are designed to demonstrate the ship's ability to withstand the effects of nearby underwater explosion and retain required capability. Jackson is currently ported at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., for required inspections and preparation for the second full-ship shock trial scheduled for later this month.  (U.S. Navy photo #160613-N-DN943-001 by MC2 Michael Bevan from the Navy Newstand) Navsource
    Jackson 303k 04 September 2016: Guantanamo Bay, Cuba - The littoral combat ship, USS Jackson (LCS 6), moors pier side at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to refuel. The ship is in transit to its homeport in San Diego after having successfully completed Full Shock Trials.  (U.S. Navy photo #160904-N-OX321-004 by MC1 Kegan E. Kay from the Navy Newstand) Lee Wahler
    Jackson 272k 06 September 2016: The Panama Canal - Two views of the Independence-variant littoral combat ship, USS Jackson transiting through Gatun Lock of the Panama Canal. Jackson is the third ship in Independence-variant class and will be home ported in San Diego.  (U.S. Navy photos #160906-N-OX321-121 and #160906-N-OX321-135 by MC1 Kegan E. Kay from the Navy Newstand) Navsource
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    Jackson Memorabilia
    Ship's Emblem

    Jackson
    Courtesy of
    Wolfgang Hechler
    Christening
    Program
    Jackson
    Courtesy of
    Ron Reeves

    Jackson History
    View the USS Jackson (LCS 6) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Jackson's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

    Blue Crew (212, Fighting Tigers)Gold Crew (208, The Paladins)
    1.)  PCU - Cmdr. Michael Bao Davies ('95) (Brentwood, Cal.) 1.)  PCU - Cmdr. Brian S. Amador

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    none
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest

    View Jackson's Official Web Page
    The U.S. Navy Memorial

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