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Ship's patch courtesy of
Don McGrogan,
BMCS, USN (Ret.)

Montgomery (LCS 8)


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
Montgomery (LCS 8) Building and Operational Data:
  • 17 March 2011: Contract Awarded to General Dynamics Corp. for $368.6 million
  • 28 March 2011: Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced LCS 8 will be named USS Montgomery
  • 25 June 2013: Keel laid at Austal USA, Mobile, Ala.; keel authenticated by Mrs. Mary Sessions, wife of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions
  • 06 August 2014: Launched (christening scheduled for later date)
  • 08 November 2014: Christened by sponsor, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michelle Howard, delivered the principal address during the ceremony.
  • 27 April 2016: Completed Builder's Trials
  • 06 May 2016: Completed Acceptance Trials, a series of graded in-port and underway demonstrations for the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV)
  • 23 June 2016: The Navy accepted delivery of future USS Montgomery (LCS 8) during a ceremony at the Austal USA shipyard
  • 10 September 2016: Commissioned at the Alabama State Docks—Pier 2 in Mobile, Alabama, Commander Daniel Straub (LCS Crew 208) in command, assigned to LCS Squadron 1 at San Diego, Cal.
  • 13 September 2016: While enroute San Diego, a hydraulic cooling system seawater leak, and later a casualty to a gas turbine engine forced the ship to make for Mayport, Fla.
  • 04 October 2016: Rammed by a tug while departing Mayport to dodge Hurricane Matthew, she suffered an opened hull seam and 5 cracked hull stringers
  • 17 March 2017: Completed Final Contract Trials, a five day series of post-delivery test and trial events through which the ship and its major systems are exercised

    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.

    "Montgomery, The Ship"     -    "Montgomery, 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)
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    Montgomery 305k 06 October 2011: Ackerman, Miss. - Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange, left, celebrate the naming of the eighth littoral combat ship, USS Montgomery (LCS 8).
    (U.S. Navy photo #110928-N-AC887-004 by MCC Sam Shavers from the Navy News Stand)
    Montgomery 93k 26 June 2013: Mobile, Ala. - Mary Blackshear Sessions, left, wife of U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama and ship's sponsor, and a welder for Austal USA engrave Sessions' initials during the keel laying ceremony for the littoral combat ship Montgomery (LCS 8).
    (U.S. Navy photo #130626-N-ZZ999-001 courtesy of Austal USA, from the Navy News Stand)
    Montgomery 165k 06 August 2014: Mobile, Ala. - Three views of PCU Montgomery (LCS 8) being rolled out the fabricating shed prior to her launching today.
    (© Photos courtesy of  Austal USA)
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    Montgomery 300k 08 November 2014: Mobile, Ala. - Mary Blackshear Sessions christens the littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Montgomery (LCS 8) at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala. With Sessions are, from left, Craig Perciavalle, president of Austal USA; U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, from Alabama; and Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michelle Howard.
    (U.S. Navy photo #141108-N-ZZ999-110 by David Stoltz, from the Navy News Stand)
    Montgomery / G. Giffords 354k 01 July 2015: Mobile, Ala. - Photo of PCU Montgomery (LCS 8) at Austal fitting out pier taken by Curtis in Mobile. Curtis Barber
    Phenix City, Ala.
    Montgomery 375k 01 July 2015: Mobile, Ala. - Photo of PCU Montgomery (LCS 8) tied up ahead of PCU Gabriel Giffords (LCS 10) at Austal.
    Montgomery 326k 02 March 2016: Mobile, Ala. - Two views of PCU Montgomery (LCS 8) being moored to her berth.
    (© Photos courtesy of  Austal USA)
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    05 March 2016: An eight view series of PCU Montgomery (LCS 8) returning from the Gulf of Mexico to her fitting-out pier at Austal shipyard.
    (© Photos courtesy of  Austal USA)
    Montgomery 316k 10 September 2016: Mobile, Ala. - Two views of USS Montgomery (LCS 8) at her Commissioning Ceremony, held at the Alabama State Docks. The first photo just before the command was given to "Bring the ship alive", and the second after the crew has run aboard and manned the rails.
    (© Photos courtesy of  Austal USA)
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    Montgomery 219k 08 November 2016: San Diego, Cal. - The littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8) arrived at its new homeport of San Diego after completing its maiden voyage from Mobile, Alabama. Montgomery is the fourth littoral combat ship of the Independence variety which features an innovative, trimaran hull, designed to offer unparalleled stability for marine and aviation operations in severe sea states.
    (U.S. Navy photo #161108-N-FC195-045 by MCSN Trenton Kotlarz from the Navy News Stand)
    Lee Wahler
    Lcdr., USN (ret.)
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    Tommy Trampp
    Montgomery 296k 22 February 2017: San Diego, Cal. - Adm. Phil Davidson, (right) commander, U.S. Fleet Forces, tours the Independence-class littoral combat ship USS Montgomery. During a familiarization tour, Davidson visited the flight deck, bridge, damage control locker, mission bay and engineering spaces.
    (U.S. Navy photo VIRIN #170222-N-MB306-124 by MC2 Zachary Bell, from the Defense Video Imagery Distribution System)
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    Montgomery 451k 27 March 2017: San Diego, Cal. - A MQ-8C Fire Scout helicopter sits in the hangar bay of the littoral combat ship Montgomery.
    (U.S. Navy photo #170327-N-VS214-002 by MC3 Zachary Eshleman from the Navy News Stand)
    Montgomery 156k 27 March 2017: San Diego, Cal. - Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Benton, the operations officer assigned to the littoral combat ship Montgomery, observes ground turns and telemetry tests of an MQ-8C Fire Scout helicopter. This was the first test of the MQ-8C version of the Fire Scout on board an LCS.
    (U.S. Navy photo #170327-N-VS214-003 by MC3 Zachary Eshleman from the Navy News Stand)
    Montgomery 451k 09 April 2017: the Pacific Ocean - An MQ-8C Fire Scout helicopter sits on the deck of Independence-class littoral combat ship Montgomery. Sailors and the Fire Scout testing team are underway conducting dynamic interface testing to verify the MQ-8C launch and recovery procedures and test interoperability between the unmanned helicopter and the ship. The MQ-8C Fire Scout is a larger variant than the MQ-8B and provides longer endurance, range and greater payload capability.
    (U.S. Navy photo #170409-N-RN789-001 by Command Master Chief Jacob A. Shafer from the Navy News Stand)
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    19 May 2017: San Diego, Cal. - Three views of the littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8) entering dry dock for Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) at San Diego Ship Repair. PSA is designed to harness results of a thorough test and evaluation period and pave the way to operational employment by the Navy. It is the last availability in the ship construction period and required repairs identified during combat systems ship qualifications trials and final contractor trials are made using contractor and program office money.
    (U.S. Navy photos #170519-N-VV532-103, #170519-N-VV532-160, and #170519-N-VV532-174 by ET1 Adam Ross, from the Navy News Stand)

    Montgomery Memorabilia
    Ship's
    Emblem
    Montgomery
    Courtesy of
    Wolfgang Hechler
    Christening
    Challenge Coin
    Montgomery
    Courtesy of
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    Montgomery History
    View the USS Montgomery (LCS 8) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Montgomery's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Blue Crew (208, The Paladins)Gold Crew (209, The Hydras)
    1.)  10 Sep. 2016Cmdr. Daniel Straub (prior enl.) (Womelsdorf, Pa.) 1.)  10 Sep. 2016Cmdr. Mark Bryan Stefanik (USNA '98) (Tehachapi, Cal.)
    2.)  28 Apr. 2017Cmdr. Wayne Liebold (USMMA '99) (Leesburg, Ga.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    View Montgomery's Official Web page
    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum


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