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Oakland (LCS 24)

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
Oakland (LCS 24) Building and Operational Data:
  • 29 December 2010: Contract Awarded to Austal USA Corp.
  • 19 August 2015: Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced LCS 24 will be named USS Oakland
  • 20 July 2018: Keel-laying and authentication ceremony held at Austal USA, Mobile, Ala; keel authenticated by sponsor Kate E. Brandt, Sustainability Officer for Google Corp.
  • 29 June 2019: Christened by ship's sponsor Kate Brandt, U.S. Representative Ken Calvert (R-Cal.) delivered the christening ceremony's principal address.
  • 21 July 2019: Launched at BAE Systems, Mobile, Ala.
  • 22 May 2020: Successfully completed Acceptance Trials in the Gulf of Mexico
  • 26 June 2020: In a ceremony held at Austal USA, the U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the ship from its builder, commissioning is scheduled for early 2021
  • 17 April 2021: Commissioned at Oakland, Cal., Commander Francisco X. Garza in command, assigned to LCS Squadron One at San Diego, Cal.

    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.

    "Oakland, The Ship"     -    "Oakland, 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
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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 General Dynamics, Austal USA)
    Oakland 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)
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    20 July 2018: Mobile, Ala. - Google Sustainability Officer and shipís 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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    29 June 2019: Mobile, Ala. - Eight views of guests and dignitaries attending the christening ceremony for the future USS Oakland (LCS 24).
    Google Sustainability Officer and shipís sponsor Kate Brandt did the honor of breaking a bottle of champagne on the ship's bow.

    (Photos courtesy of  Austal USA)

    "Oakland, The Ship"     -    "Oakland, The People"

    There is no DANFS History currently available for Oakland (LCS 24) at Navsource
    "Oakland's Commanding Officers
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 17 Apr. 2021 - Cmdr. Francisco X. Garza (prior enl. '94, STA-21) (Phoenix, Ariz.)

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