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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 (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 General Dynamics, Austal USA)
|296k||19 August 2015: Oakland, Cal. - Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announces the name of the Independence-class littoral combat ship LCS 24 as USS Oakland during
a major league baseball game between the Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Dodgers.|
(U.S. Navy photo #150819-N-LV331-002 by MC2 Armando Gonzales, from the Navy Newstand)
20 July 2018: Mobile, Ala. - Google Sustainability Officer and ship’s sponsor Kate Brandt authenticated the keel for the 12th 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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