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BMCS, USN (Ret.)

Omaha (LCS 12)


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
Omaha (LCS 12) Building and Operational Data:
  • 29 December 2010: Contract Awarded to General Dynamics Corp.
  • 15 February 2012: Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced LCS 12 will be named USS Omaha
  • 18 February 2015: Keel laid and authenticated at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala.
  • 20 November 2015: Launched and christened by sponsor Susan Alice Buffett (daughter of Warren Buffett)
  • 03 February 2018: Commissioned at the Broadway Pier, Naval Station San Diego; Cmdr. Michael Toth in command, assigned to LCS Squadron 1 at San Diego
  • 20 April 2018: Assigned to the newly formed Surface Division 11 at San Diego, Cal. in company with LCS 6, 8, and 10; ISIC will remain LCS Squadron 1

    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.

    "Omaha, The Ship"     -    "Omaha, 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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    Independence 492k undated: Mobile, Ala. - An aerial view of the Austal USA shipyard, the American branch of operations for Australian shipbuilder Austal. Founded in 1999 along the west bank of Blakely Island on the Mobile River in Mobile, Alabama. The shipyard was initially engaged in building high-speed aluminum ferries, such as the Lake Express for service across Lake Michigan, and the Alakai for Hawaii Superferry. Construction on the first Littoral Combat Ship of the USS Independence variant was begun in 2006. In conjunction with the General Dynamics Corp., all of the planned Independence Class LCS's will be built here.
    (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin, Fincantiere Marinette Marine)
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    19 - 20 November 2015: Mobile, Ala. - An six view series of PCU Omaha (LCS 12) being rolled out of the Austal shipyard fabricating shed on to a
    barge which will take her down river where she'll be put in a drydock. On her launch day, she'll be christened and floated out of the drydock.
    (© Photos courtesy of  Austal USA)
    Omaha 156k 19 December 2015: Mobile, Ala. - Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus speaks to the media before the christening ceremony of the Navy's newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship, the future USS Omaha (LCS 12).
    (U.S. Navy photo #151219-N-LV331-001 by MC2 Armando Gonzales from the Navy Newstand)
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    19 December 2015: Mobile, Ala. - An six view series of various items and activities from the christening of PCU Omaha (LCS 12).
    (© Photos courtesy of  Austal USA)
    Omaha 241k 19 December 2015: Mobile, Ala. - Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and distinguished guests render honors as Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 presents the colors during the christening ceremony for the Navy's newest littoral combat ship, USS Omaha (LCS 12), in Mobile, Ala.
    (U.S. Navy photo #151219-N-OR477-067 by MC1 Michael C. Barton from the Navy Newstand)
    Omaha 329k 19 December 2015: Mobile, Ala. - Susan A. Buffett, ship's sponsor for the littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit, Omaha (LCS 12), breaks a bottle across the ship's bow during a christening ceremony at Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala.
    (U.S. Navy photo #151219-N-OR477-130 by MC1 Michael C. Barton from the Navy Newstand)
    Omaha 144k 19 December 2015: Mobile, Ala. - Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus delivers the principal address during the christening ceremony of the Navy's newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship, the future USS Omaha (LCS 12).
    (U.S. Navy photo #151219-N-LV331-003 by MC2 Armando Gonzales from the Navy Newstand)
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    10 May 2017: Mobile, Ala. - Seven views of the future littoral combat ship USS Omaha (LCS 12) returns to the Austal USA shipyard after successfully conducting
    acceptance trials. The trials consisted of a series of graded in-port and underway demonstrations for the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV).
    (U.S. Navy photos 1.) #170510-N-N0101-500 and 2.) #170510-N-N0101-501 courtesy of Austal USA from the Navy Newstand)
    (© Remainder of photos courtesy of  Austal USA)
    Omaha 242k 08 October 2017: Mobile, Ala. - The view from the flight deck of the future littoral combat ship USS Omaha (LCS 12) while pierside in Mobile, Ala. the night after hurricane Nate passes hrough the area. Pictured in the background is the future USS Manchester (LCS 14).
    (U.S. Navy photo #171008-N-N0101-005 by GSMC Joshua Faber from the Navy Newstand)
    Omaha 196k 06 December 2017: Norfolk, Va. - A tugboat returns to Norfolk Naval Station after assisting the Nimitz class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) get underway. The future USS Omaha (LCS 12) sits alone at pier 10.
    (U.S. Navy photo #171206-N-ME568-080 by MCSN Dan Snow from the Navy Newstand)
    Omaha  1.) 411k     Omaha  2.) 278k     Omaha  3.) 383k

    03 January 2018: Guantanamo Bay, Cuba -
    1.) The future USS Omaha (LCS 12), the Navy's newest littoral combat ship, passes the USCGC Confidence (WMEC-619), a United States Coast Guard medium
    endurance cutter, as it sits pierside at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay during a brief fuel stop. Omaha is conducting a change of homeport to San Diego.

    2.) A Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Port Operations vessel prepares to assist the future USS Omaha (LCS 12), a littoral combat ship, pierside at the installation during a brief fuel stop.

    3.) The future USS Omaha (LCS 12), a littoral combat ship, sits pierside at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay during a brief fuel stop. Omaha is conducting change of homeport
    to San Diego. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay provides support to the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard vessels, and partner navies in the Caribbean operating area.

    (U.S. Navy photo #180103-N-TP834-003, 180103-N-TP834-087, and #180103-N-TP834-149 by MC1 John Philip Wagner, Jr. from the Navy Newstand)
    Lee Wahler
    Lcdr., USN (ret.)
    Jacksonville, Fla.
    Omaha 288k 09 January 2018: Panama Canal - The future amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland (LPD 27) and the future littoral combat ship USS Omaha (LCS 12) transit the Panama Canal. Portland is currently transiting from its building site in Pascagoula, Miss. to its new homeport in San Diego.
    (U.S. Navy photo #180109-N-UK053-052 by MC2 Britney Odom from the Navy Newstand)
    Omaha 281k 19 January 2018: San Diego, Cal. - The littoral combat ship the future USS Omaha (LCS 12) arrives at its new homeport, Naval Base San Diego. Omaha will be commissioned in San Diego next month and is the sixth ship in the LCS Independence-variant class.
    (U.S. Navy photo #180119-N-NI420-0025 by MC3 Molly DiServio from the Navy Newstand)
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    03 February 2018: San Diego, Cal. - A ten view series of USS Omaha (LCS 12) being commissioned at the Broadway Pier of the San Diego Naval
    Station. The ceremony was attended by aproximately 1200 people. Omaha will be homeported at San Diego as a unit of LCS Squadron
    One. She's the eleventh LCS commissioned, and will be the sixth Independence variant LCS to join the San Diego based squadron.
    (All Photos © Rebecca S. Gratz and the Omaha - World Herald Newspaper)

    Omaha Memorabilia
    Ship's
    Emblem
    Omaha
    Courtesy of
    Wolfgang Hechler
    Christening
    Program
    Omaha
    Courtesy of
    Ron Reeves

    Omaha History
    View the USS Omaha (LCS 12) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Omaha's Commanding Officers

    Blue Crew (LCS Crew 213) Gold Crew (LCS Crew 206, The Vikings)
    1.) 03 Feb. 2018Cmdr. Michael H. Toth (prior enl. / ECP '99) (North Ridgefield, Oh.)1.) 03 Feb. 2018 Cmdr. Matthew David Scarlett (OCS ‘98) (Ravenna, Ohio)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    None
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    made to list the newest contact. However, our entry is only as good as the latest information that's been sent to us. We list only
    a contact for the ship if one has been sent to us. We do NOT have crew lists, rosters, or deck logs available. Please see the Frequently
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    Additional Resources

    View Omaha's Official Web page
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Tin Can Sailors
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation

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