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Kansas City (LCS 22)

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
Kansas City (LCS 22) Building and Operational Data:
  • 29 December 2010: Contract Awarded to Austal USA Corp.
  • 31 March 2015: Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced LCS 22 will be named USS Kansas City
  • 16 October 2016: Construction commenced with the "First Cut" ceremony
  • 15 November 2017: Keel laid at the Austal USA Shipyard, Mobile, Ala.; keel authenticated by ship's sponsor Mrs. Tracy Davidson, wife of Adm. Philip Davidson, Commander Fleet Forces Command

    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.

    "Kansas City, The Ship"     -    "Kansas City, The People"

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    Independence 102k 27 May 2004: Washington, D.C. - 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)
    Kansas City 177k 20 July 2015: Kansas City, Mo. - Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Kansas City Mayor Sly James revealed a picture of the future USS Kansas City on Monday before the Royals game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. This will be the second Navy ship to be commissioned USS Kansas City. The first was a replenishment oiler that was commissioned in 1970 and served during the Vietnam War. She was decommissioned in 1994. A heavy cruiser in World War II was to be named Kansas City, but the war ended just after its keel was laid and the order was canceled.
    (© Photo courtesy of  Austal USA)
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    16 October 2016: Mobile, Ala. - The laying of a ship's keel usually signifies the begining of construction, but since the LCS is built in modular form,
    construction begins long before the official keel laying of the ship. Personnel from the U.S. Navy and Austal USA shipbuilding start the computerized
    machinery to cut the first sheet of aluminum that will be used in Kansas City's construction. After the ceremony each participant is given an engraved
    aluminum disk to commemorate the occasion.
    (© Photos courtesy of  Austal USA)
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    15 November 2017: Mobile, Ala. - Almost one year later to the day from the beginning of construction, the keel of future USS Kansas
    is laid and authenticated. Ship's sponsor Tracy Davidson is assisted as she authenticates the keel by welding her initials on it.
    (© Photos courtesy of  Austal USA)

    "Kansas City, The Ship"     -    "Kansas City, The People"

    Kansas City

    Ship's Emblem
    Kansas City
    Courtesy of
    Wolfgang Hechler

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