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BMCS, USN (Ret.)

Cincinnati (LCS 20)


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
Cincinnati (LCS 20) Building and Operational Data:
  • 29 December 2010: Contract Awarded to General Dynamics Corp.
  • 06 June 2013: Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced LCS 20 will be named USS Cincinnati
  • 10 April 2017: Keel-laying and authentication ceremony held at Austal USA, Mobile, Ala; keel authenticated by sponsor Penny Pritzger, former U.S. Secretary of Labor
  • 05 May 2018: Christened by ship's sponsor Penny Pritzger

    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.

    "Cincinnati, The Ship"     -    "Cincinnati, 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)
    Cincinnati 160k 19 July 2015: Cincinnati, Oh. - Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announces Littoral Combat Ship 20 will be named USS Cincinnati at the Cincinnati Reds baseball game.

    (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of  Austal USA)
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    10 April 2017: Mobile, Ala. - Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and ship’s sponsor Penny Pritzker authenticated the keel for the 10th Independence
    variant of the littoral combat ship class during the ceremony. While keel laying traditionally represents the formal start of a ship's construction, advanced
    modular shipbuilding allows fabrication of the ship to begin months in advance. Today, keel laying continues to symbolically recognize the joining of the
    ship's components and the ceremonial beginning of the ship."

    (Photos courtesy of  Austal USA)
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    05 May 2018: Mobile, Ala. - Five views of the ceremony as ship’s sponsor Penny Pritzker christens the future USS Cincinnati, the 10th Independence variant
    of the littoral combat ship class. In a tradition carried over from seafaring's earliest days, the ship's sponsor breaks a bottle of sparkling wine across the ship's bow.

    (Photos courtesy of  Austal USA)

    "Cincinnati, The Ship"     -    "Cincinnati, The People"


    Cincinnati
    Memorabilia

    Ship's
    Emblem
    Indianapolis
    Courtesy of
    Richard Mattie

    Cincinnati History
    View the USS Cincinnati (LCS 20) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

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