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BMCS, USN (Ret.)

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
  • 22 September 2018: Christened by the ship's sponsor, Mrs. Tracy Davidson, U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Kan.) gave the ceremony's principal address
  • 19 October 2018: Launched
  • 31 October 2019: Successfully completed Acceptance Trials in the Gulf of Mexico
  • 12 February 2020: In a ceremony held at Austal USA, the U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the ship from its builder, commissioning is scheduled for later this year
  • 20 June 2020: Commissioned at San Diego, Cal. via naval message with no formal ceremony, Commander R. J. Zamberlan in command, assigned to LCS Squadron 1 at San Diego, Cal.

    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.

    "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)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
    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
    City
    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)
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    22 September 2018: Mobile, Ala. - Four views as ship's sponsor Tracy Davidson delivers remarks, and then christens the ship, during the christening ceremony for
    the Independence-variant littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Kansas City (LCS 22). The future USS Kansas City is the second U.S. Navy
    ship to honor Missouri's largest city. LCS is a modular, reconfigurable ship, designed to meet validated fleet requirements for surface warfare, anti-submarine
    warfare and mine countermeasures missions in littoral regions.

    (U.S. Navy photos #180922-O-N0101-115, #180922-N-N0101-116, #180922-N-N0101-117, and $180922-N-N0101-118 courtesy of  Austal USA)
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    16 October 2018: Mobile, Ala. - Four views of the future USS Kansas City (LCS 22) being rolled out of the fabricating shed. She'll be barged
    downriver to the BAE Corp. where she'll be placed into a floating drydock. The drydock will be sunk on 19 October, launching Kansas City.

    (U.S. Navy photos courtesy of  Austal USA)
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    25 September 2019: Mobile, Ala. - Five sunrise views of the future USS Kansas City (LCS 22) departing Austal
    USA's yard in the early morning and heading downriver to commence her sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico.

    (U.S. Navy photos courtesy of  Austal USA)
    Kansas City 550k 12 February 2020: Mobile, Ala. - During a short ceremony at Austal USA's Mobile facility, the U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Kansas City (LCS 22). Kansas City's commissioning is scheduled for 02 June 2020 at the Naval Station in San Diego, Cal.

    (U.S. Navy photos courtesy of  Austal USA)
    Lee Wahler
    Lcdr., USN (ret.)
    Jacksonville, Fla.
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    Kansas City 1.) 337k     Kansas City 2.) 352k     Kansas City 3.) 473k     Kansas City 4.) 470k

    24 May 2020: San Diego, Cal. - The Navy's newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship, the future USS Kansas City (LCS 22), arrives at its new homeport at Naval Base San Diego. The Navy will commission Kansas City, the second ship in naval history to be named after the city on 20 June 2020, via naval message due to public health safety restrictions of large public events related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19, Wuhan Flu) pandemic.

    (U.S. Navy photos #1.) 200524-N-KG738-1072, #2.) 200524-N-OA516-1011, #3.) 200524-N-OA516-1035, and
    #4.) 200524-N-OA516-1085 by MC1 Woody Paschall (1) and MC3 Kevin C. Leitner (2,3,4) from the Navy News Stand)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
    Kansas City 1.) 160k     Kansas City 2.) 181k     Kansas City 3.) 168k     Kansas City 4.) 234k

    20 June 2020: San Diego, Cal. - Cmdr. R.J. Zamberlan, the commanding officer of the Navy's newest littoral combat ship, USS Kansas City (LCS 22), reads his orders during the ship's commissioning ceremony. The Navy commissioned LCS 22, the second ship in naval history to be named Kansas City, via naval message due to public health safety and restrictions of large public events related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19, Wuhan Flu) pandemic. Kansas City is homeported at Naval Base San Diego. In photo number 3, Cmdr. William Dvorak, executive officer of Kansas City salutes Cmdr. R.J. Zamberlan, the ship's commanding officer, during a reading of his orders during the ship's commissioning ceremony. Finally, in photo number 4, Chief Logistics Specialist Carlos Argueta hoists the commissioning pennant aboard USS Kansas City, the Navy's newest littoral combat ship, during the ship's commissioning ceremony

    (U.S. Navy photos #1.) 200620-N-VN584-1044, #2.) 200620-N-VN584-1026, #3.) 200620-N-VN584-1007, and #4.) 200620-N-VN584-1088 by MC2 Alex Corona from the Navy News Stand)

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


    Kansas City
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    Ship's Emblem
    Kansas City
    Courtesy of
    Wolfgang Hechler

    There is no DANFS History currently available for Kansas City (LCS 22) at Navsource
    Kansas City's Commanding Officers
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 20 Jun. 2020 - Cmdr. Richard "RJ" Zamberlan (prior enl./USNA '01) (Ann Arbor, Mich.)

    Additional Resources

    View Kansas City's Official Web page
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    The U.S. Navy Memorial
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    The Destroyer History Foundation
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