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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
(Artist concept provided to the U.S. Navy courtesy of General Dynamics, Photo #040527-O-0000G-004, from the Navy Newstand)
|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)
|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)
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)
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)
|View the USS Cincinnati (LCS 20) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
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