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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
(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 AUSTAL, USA)
|305k||06 October 2011: Ackerman, Miss. - Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange, left, celebrate the naming of the eighth littoral combat
ship, USS Montgomery (LCS 8).|
(U.S. Navy photo #110928-N-AC887-004 by MCC Sam Shavers from the Navy News Stand)
|93k||26 June 2013: Mobile, Ala. - Mary Blackshear Sessions, left, wife of U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama and ship's sponsor, and a welder for Austal USA engrave
Sessions' initials during the keel laying ceremony for the littoral combat ship Montgomery (LCS 8).|
(U.S. Navy photo #130626-N-ZZ999-001
courtesy of Austal USA, from the Navy News Stand)
|165k||06 August 2014: Mobile, Ala. - Three views of PCU Montgomery (LCS 8) being rolled out the fabricating shed prior to her launching today.|
(© Photos courtesy of Austal USA)
|300k||08 November 2014: Mobile, Ala. - Mary Blackshear Sessions christens the littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Montgomery (LCS 8) at the
Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala. With Sessions are, from left, Craig Perciavalle, president of Austal USA; U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, from Alabama; and Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm.
(U.S. Navy photo #141108-N-ZZ999-110 by David Stoltz, from the Navy News Stand)
|354k||01 July 2015: Mobile, Ala. - Photo of PCU Montgomery (LCS 8) at Austal fitting out pier taken by Curtis in Mobile.||Curtis Barber|
Phenix City, Ala.
|375k||01 July 2015: Mobile, Ala. - Photo of PCU Montgomery (LCS 8) tied up ahead of PCU Gabriel Giffords (LCS 10) at Austal.|
|326k||02 March 2016: Mobile, Ala. - Two views of PCU Montgomery (LCS 8) being moored to her berth.
(© Photos courtesy of Austal USA)
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05 March 2016: An eight view series of PCU Montgomery (LCS 8) returning from the Gulf of Mexico to her fitting-out pier at Austal shipyard.
(© Photos courtesy of Austal USA)
|316k||10 September 2016: Mobile, Ala. - Two views of USS Montgomery (LCS 8) at her Commissioning Ceremony, held at the Alabama State
Docks. The first photo just before the command was given to "Bring the ship alive", and the second after the crew has run aboard and manned the rails.|
(© Photos courtesy of Austal USA)
|219k||08 November 2016: San Diego, Cal. - The littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8) arrived at its new homeport of San Diego after completing its maiden
voyage from Mobile, Alabama. Montgomery is the fourth littoral combat ship of the Independence variety which features an innovative, trimaran hull, designed to offer unparalleled stability
for marine and aviation operations in severe sea states.
(U.S. Navy photo #161108-N-FC195-045 by MCSN Trenton Kotlarz from the Navy News Stand)
Lcdr., USN (ret.)
|296k||22 February 2017: San Diego, Cal. - Adm. Phil Davidson, (right) commander, U.S. Fleet Forces, tours the Independence-class littoral combat ship USS
Montgomery. During a familiarization tour, Davidson visited the flight deck, bridge, damage control locker, mission bay and engineering spaces.
(U.S. Navy photo VIRIN #170222-N-MB306-124 by MC2 Zachary Bell, from the Defense Video Imagery Distribution System)
|451k||27 March 2017: San Diego, Cal. - A MQ-8C Fire Scout helicopter sits in the hangar bay of the littoral combat ship Montgomery.|
(U.S. Navy photo #170327-N-VS214-002 by MC3 Zachary Eshleman from the Navy News Stand)
|156k||27 March 2017: San Diego, Cal. - Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Benton, the operations officer assigned to the littoral combat ship Montgomery, observes ground
turns and telemetry tests of an MQ-8C Fire Scout helicopter. This was the first test of the MQ-8C version of the Fire Scout on board an LCS.|
(U.S. Navy photo #170327-N-VS214-003 by MC3 Zachary Eshleman from the Navy News Stand)
|451k||09 April 2017: the Pacific Ocean - An MQ-8C Fire Scout helicopter sits on the deck of Independence-class littoral combat ship Montgomery. Sailors and the
Fire Scout testing team are underway conducting dynamic interface testing to verify the MQ-8C launch and recovery procedures and test interoperability between the unmanned helicopter
and the ship. The MQ-8C Fire Scout is a larger variant than the MQ-8B and provides longer endurance, range and greater payload capability.|
(U.S. Navy photo #170409-N-RN789-001 by Command Master Chief Jacob A. Shafer from the Navy News Stand)
19 May 2017: San Diego, Cal. - Four views of the littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8) entering dry dock for Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) at San Diego Ship Repair.
In view #2, divers perform an inspection of Montgomery as the ship enters dry dock. PSA is designed to harness results of a thorough test and evaluation period and pave the
way to operational employment by the Navy. It is the last availability in the ship construction period and required repairs identified during combat systems ship qualifications trials
and final contractor trials are made using contractor and program office money.
(U.S. Navy photos #170519-N-VV532-103, #170519-N-VV532-126, #170519-N-VV532-160, and #170519-N-VV532-174 by ET1 Adam Ross, from the Navy News Stand)
26 June 2018: San Diego, Cal./ the Pacific Ocean - Six views of USS Montgomery as she transits from Naval Base San Diego to the Pacific Ocean to conduct routine operations
and training. Littoral combat ships are high-speed, agile, shallow draft, mission-focused surface combatants designed for operations in the littoral environment, yet fully capable of
open ocean operations. As part of the surface fleet, LCS has the ability to counter and outpace evolving threats independently or within a network of surface combatants.
(U.S. Navy photos #180620-N-VV532-336, #180620-N-VV532-263, #180620-N-VV532-342, #180620-N-VV532-253, #180620-N-VV532-299, and
#180620-N-VV532-649, photos by ET1 Adam J. Ross, courtesy of Muckley Photography, from the Defense Video Imagery Distribution System)
|355k||28 July 2017: San Diego, Cal. - Shipyard workers perform upgrades on the forward mooring station of the littoral combat ship Montgomery. Montgomery
is dry-docked as part of post-shakedown availability preparing the ship for future deployments.
(U.S. Navy photo #170728-N-VV532-008 by ET1 Adam Ross from the Navy News Stand)
|140k||21 April 2019: the Pacific Ocean - The Independence variant littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8) fires its Mark 110 57 mm gun. Montgomery
is underway in the eastern Pacific conducting routine training.
(U.S. Navy photo #190421-N-IA905-2002 by MC2 Morgan K. Nall from the Navy News Stand)
|286k||06 July 2019: Changi Naval Base, Singapore - The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8) sits pierside at Changi Naval Base, Singapore,
after arriving for a rotational deployment. Montgomery's arrival in Singapore marks the fourth deployment of littoral combat ships to Southeast Asia. Fast, agile and networked
surface combatants, LCS are optimized for operating in the near-shore environments.
(U.S. Navy photo #190706-N-NI298-0136 by MC2 Tristin Barth from the Navy News Stand)
|281k||31 July 2019: Surabaya, Indonesia - The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8) arrives in the port of Tanjung Perak as part of
Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Indonesia 2019. CARAT, the U.S. Navy's longest running regional exercise in South and Southeast Asia, strengthens partnerships between
regional navies and enhances maritime security cooperation throughout the Indo-Pacific.
(U.S. Navy photo #190731-N-FV739-040 and #190731-N-FV739-106 by MC2 Christopher A. Veloicaza from the Navy News Stand)
Lcdr., USN (ret.)
|231k||04 August 2019: Surabaya, Indonesia - The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8) departs the Port of Tanjung Perak to participate in the
sea phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2019. This year marks the 25th iteration of CARAT, a multinational exercise designed to enhance U.S. and partner navies' abilities
to operate together in response to traditional and non-traditional maritime security challenges in the Indo-Pacific region.|
(U.S. Navy photo #190804-N-UA460-0092 by MC1 Greg Johnson from the Navy News Stand)
|307k||13 August 2019: Lumut, Malaysia - Royal Malaysia Navy sailors moor USS Montgomery (LCS 8) to a Lumut Naval Base pier as the Royal Malaysian Navy band
performs for the U.S. Coast Guard cutter USCGC Stratton (WMSL 752) mooring near Montgomery, Both arrived for a scheduled port visit as part of Maritime Training
Activity (MTA) Malaysia 2019. MTA Malaysia 2019 is a continuation of 25 years of U.S. Navy and Royal Malaysian Navy serving to enhance mutual capabilities in ensuring maritime peace and stability.
(U.S. Navy photo #190813-N-NI298-0077 and #190813-N-NI298-0185 by MC2 Tristan Barth from the Navy News Stand)
|205k||04 September 2019: the Gulf of Thailand - The Independence-variant littoral combat ship Montgomery, sails in formation during a photo exercise as part of
the ASEAN-U.S. Maritime Exercise (AUMX). The first AUMX, co-led by the U.S. and Royal Thai navies, includes maritime forces from the U.S. and all 10 ASEAN member states. AUMX promotes shared
commitments to maritime partnerships, security and stability in Southeast Asia.
(U.S. Navy photo #190904-N-JN784-1436 and #190904-N-UA460-0034 by MC1 Alexandra Seeley and MC1 Greg Johnson from the Navy News Stand)
29 October 2019: the South China Sea - Four views of the Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport USNS Millinocket (T-EPF 3), the Independence-variant littoral
combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8) and the Royal Brunei Navy inshore patrol vessel KDB Syafaat (SYA 19) assemble in formation for a photo exercise in support of
Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Brunei. This year marks the 25th iteration of CARAT, a multinational exercise designed to enhance U.S. and partner
navies' abilities to operate together in response to traditional and non-traditional maritime security challenges in the Indo-Pacific region.
(U.S. Navy photos #191029-N-ZZ999-0005, #191029-N-FV739-0250, #191029-N-FV739-0263, and
#191029-N-FV739-0344, photos by MC2 Christopher A. Veloicaza, from the Navy News Stand)
|View the USS Montgomery (LCS 8) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|Montgomery's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Blue Crew (208, The Paladins)||Gold Crew (209, The Hydras)|
|1.) 10 Sep. 2016||Cmdr. Daniel Straub (enl.'83 / ECP '96) (Womelsdorf, Pa.)||1.) 10 Sep. 2016||Cmdr. Mark Bryan Stefanik (USNA '98) (Tehachapi, Cal.)|
|2.) 28 Apr. 2017||Cmdr. Wayne Liebold (USMMA '99) (Leesburg, Ga.)||2.) 14 Jul. 2017||Cmdr. Kenny J. Landry (enl. '88/ OCS ‘00) (Lutcher, La.)|
|3.) 13 Jul. 2018||Cmdr. Edward A. Rosso (enl. ‘89 / ECP ‘99) (Long Island, N.Y.)||3.) 16 Nov. 2018||Cmdr. Matthew P. Richter (enl. ‘93 / ECP ‘01) (Mansfield, Oh.)|
|4.) 29 Jun. 2020||Cmdr. Austin Wood Duff (OCS '01) (Gig Harbor, Wash.)||-||-|
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