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|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)
|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)
|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)
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)
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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