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Mobile (LCS 26)

"Victory Through Perseverance"
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
Mobile (LCS 26) Building and Operational Data:
  • 31 March 2016: Contract Awarded to General Dynamics Corp.
  • 22 September 2016: Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced LCS 26 will be named USS Mobile
  • 12 December 2017: "First Cut" ceremony was commenced by Mrs. Rebecca Byrne, sponsor, wife of Alabama Congressman Bradley Byrne
  • 14 December 2018: Keel laid at Austal USA Shipyard, Mobile, Ala.
  • 07 December 2019: Christened by sponsor Rebecca Byrne
  • 10 January 2020: Launched from a floating drydock at BAE Systems, Mobile, Ala.
  • 22 May 2021: Commissioned at Mobile, Ala.; Cmdr. Christopher W. Wolff 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: 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.

    "Mobile, The Ship"     -    "Mobile, 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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    12 December 2017: Mobile, Ala. - Prior to the cutting of the first sheet of medal for the construction of the future USS Mobile (LCS 26), AUSTAL USA President Craig Perciavalle and
    ship's sponsor Mrs. Rebecca Byrne stand in front of the ship's bell from the previous USS Mobile (LKA 15). Afterward, Mrs. Byrne pushes the button for the cutting machine to start
     and construction begins. Mobile will be the fifth ship named after the city to serve the U.S. Navy. She is preceded by the first Mobile which was a captured Confederate blockade runner
    serving from 1864 to 1865; which was followed by the second Mobile (ID-4043), the former German liner Cleveland, seized as war reparations at Hamburg in 1919 and serving until
    1920. Next was the Cleveland class light cruiser of WWII, Mobile (CL 63), which served from 1943 until 1947.  Finally there was the amphibious attack transport Mobile (LKA 115)
    which was commissioned in 1969 and retired in 1994.

    (© Photos courtesy of  Austal USA)

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    14 December 2018: Mobile, Ala. - The wife of Alabama congressman Bradley Byrne and shipís sponsor Rebecca Byrne authenticates the keel for the 13th 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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    06 December 2019: Mobile, Ala. - In the evening prior to the day of the ceremony, dignitaries, guests, officials
    and other community members celebrate at the christening dinner of the future USS Mobile held at Crown Hall.

    (Photos courtesy of  Austal USA)

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    07 December 2019: Mobile, Ala. - Twelve views of guests and dignitaries attending the christening ceremony for the future USS Mobile (LCS 26).
    Shipís sponsor Rebecca Byrne, the wife of Alabama congressman Bradley Byrne did the honor of breaking a bottle of champagne on the ship's bow.

    (Photos courtesy of  Austal USA)

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    09 January 2020: Mobile, Ala. - Six views of the future USS Mobile being rolled out of the fabricating shed she was put together in, onto a barge.
    She'll be transported down river to BAE Systems, where she'll be placed in a dry dock, from which she'll be launched into the river and returned to the Austal yard.

    (Photos courtesy of  Austal USA)

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    10 January 2020: Mobile, Ala. - Six views of the future USS Mobile being launched into the water from a floating
    drydock. She'll be escorted upriver by tugs who'll assist her into a berth at AUSTAL USA's fitting out pier.

    (Photos courtesy of  Austal USA)

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    24 September 2020: the Gulf of Mexico - Six views of the future USS Mobile on sea trials.

    (Photos courtesy of  Austal USA)

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    16 November 2020: Mobile, Ala. - The future USS Mobile holds a "Mast Box" ceremony.

    Mast-stepping is an ancient Greek and Roman practice of putting coins at the base of a mast of a ship under construction and has continued throughout history. It is believed that
    due to the dangers of early sea travel, the coins were placed under the mast so the crew would be able to cross into the afterlife if the ship were sunk. The Romans believed it was
    necessary for a person to take coins with them to pay Charon, who in Greek mythology is the ferryman of Hades, the god of the dead and the king of the Underworld, in order to
    cross the river Styx, a deity and a river that forms the boundary between Earth and the Underworld, to the afterlife. Another theory for this practice is that the insertion of coins in
    buildings and ships may have functioned as a form of sacrifice thanking the gods for a successful construction, or a request for divine protection in the future. A third theory is that
    corrosion-resistant coins of gold or silver provided a physical barrier minimizing the transmission of rot between the wooden mast and wooden mast step. Modern U.S. Naval mast
    stepping consists of having mementos from the ship placed in a small box, which is welded shut and then welded to the mast.

    (Photos courtesy of  Austal USA)

    "Mobile, The Ship"     -    "Mobile, The People"

    There is no DANFS History currently available for Mobile (LCS 26) at Navsource
    Mobile's Commanding Officers
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 22 May 2021 - Cmdr. Christopher W. Wolff

    Additional Resources

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    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
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    The Destroyer History Foundation
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