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Manchester (LCS 14)

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
Manchester (LCS 14) Building and Operational Data:
  • 04 March 2013: Contract Awarded to General Dynamics Corp.
  • 29 June 2015: Keel laid at Austal USA, Mobile, Ala.
  • 07 May 2016: Christened, sponsored by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, representing the State of New Hampshire
  • 12 May 2016: Rollout to barge for transport to BAE Systems, Mobile, for transfer to drydock
  • 13 May 2016: Launched at BAE Systems, Mobile, Ala.
  • 15 December 2017: U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command announced that Manchester had successfully completed Acceptance Trials
  • 28 February 2018: At a ceremony held in Mobile, Ala. the U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Manchester

    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.

    "Manchester, The Ship"     -    "Manchester, 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)
    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)
    Manchester 189k 29 June 2015: Mobile, Ala. - New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen, ship's sponsor speaks at Manchester's keel laying ceremony. The Independence-variant littoral combat ship is named for the city of Manchester, New Hampshire.
    (© Photo by Toni Riales, courtesy of  Austal USA)
    Manchester 180k 29 June 2015: Mobile, Ala. - New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen, ship's sponsor is aided by an Austal shipyard employee as she welds her initials into thee keel plate for the future USS Manchester.
    (© Photo by Toni Riales, courtesy of  Austal USA)
    Manchester 234k 07 May 2016: Mobile, Ala. - New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen, ship's sponsor for the littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit Manchester (LCS 14), breaks a bottle across the ship's bow during a christening ceremony. The Independence-variant littoral combat ship is named for the city of Manchester, New Hampshire.
    (U.S. Navy photo #160507-N-ZZ999-023 courtesy of Austal USA, from the Navy Newstand)
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    12 May 2016: An five view series of PCU Manchester (LCS 14) being rolled out of the Fabrication Shed at Austal to be placed on a barge and moved to BAE Systems
    further down the Mobile River. At BAE she'll be placed into a floating drydock for launching. The drydock will be flooded and Manchester will be floated out.
    (© Photos courtesy of  Austal USA)
    Manchester 609k 13 May 2016: Mobile, Ala. - As the drydock sinks, the future USS Manchester (LCS 14) is launched.
    (© Photo courtesy of  Austal USA)
    Manchester 3549k 24 May 2017: Mobile, Ala. - The future USS Manchester sitting at the Austal USA fitting out dock.
    (© Photo 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 through 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)
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    13 - 14 December 2017: the Gulf of Mexico - A four view series of PCU Manchester (LCS 14) underway for acceptance trials.
    (© Photos courtesy of  Austal USA)

    Manchester Memorabilia
    Courtesy of
    Cmdr. Kurt Braeckel
    XO /  LCS Crew 214

    Courtesy of

    Ron Reeves

    Manchester History
    View the USS Manchester (LCS 14) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Manchester's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    1.)  .. Nov. 2015, PCU - Crew 214 - Cmdr. Emily K. Bassett (NROTC '99) (Seattle, Wash.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    Additional Resources

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

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