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|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|
|233k||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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