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Canberra (LCS 30)

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
Canberra (LCS 30) Building and Operational Data:
  • 06 October 2017: Contract Awarded to General Dynamics Corp.
  • 23 February 2018: President Donald J. Trump announced that LCS 30 will be named USS Canberra
  • 22 February 2019: Construction commenced at Austal USA, Mobile, Ala. with a "First Cut" Ceremony, when the first sheet for hull fabrication was machined
  • 10 March 2020: Keel-laying and authentication ceremony, keel authenticated by sponsor Marise Ann Payne, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • 30 March 2021: Launched at BAE Systems, Mobile, Ala.
  • 05 June 2021: Christened at Mobile, Ala., standing in for the ship's sponsor who was unable to attend, was Alison Petchell, the Australian Minister Counsellor of Defense Materiel

    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: Fincantieri 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.

    "Canberra, The Ship"     -    "Canberra, The People"

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    Independence 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) Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
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    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 AUSTAL, USA)

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    22 February 2020: Mobile, Ala. - Austal USA employees pose for a photo before making the the first cut to fabricate metal sheeting for the future USS Canberra. In the
    center photo, Dave Growden, Director LCS Program, starts the router for LCS 30. The right photo shows the aluminum disc made to commemorate the occasion.

    (© Photos courtesy of  Austal USA)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager

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    10 March 2020: Mobile, Ala. - Four views taken at the Keel Laying Ceremony for the future USS Canberra (LCS 30). On the left is the ships' sponsor, the Honorable Marissa Ann
    Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia, with Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson and Baldwin County Commissioners, city officials and other distinguished guests. In the second
    photo she's standing with Austal leadership and distinguished guests from the U.S. and Australian military services. In the third photo she's making the ceremony's keynote speech,
    and in the fourth she assists in welding her initials into the ships'>
    (© Photos courtesy of  Austal USA)

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    29-30 March 2021: Mobile, Ala. - The top four views of the future USS Canberra show her on 29 March, being rolled out of the fabricating shed where she was constructed. She was
    towed down river on the barge and placed into a drydock. The following morning the drydock was sunk, and she was launched and towed back to the fitting out shed at Austal's yard.

    (© Photos courtesy of  Austal USA)

    "Canberra, The Ship"     -    "Canberra, The People"

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