And for the first time, a littoral combat ship shipyard has two ships afloat together.
The middle of December marked a new peak for the US Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship program, as one of each class of LCS was launched from both shipyards which build the ships.
Austal USA launched the Jackson (LCS 6) into Alabama’s Mobile Bay on Dec. 14. The Independence-class ship had been rolled out of its building shed onto a barge, then transferred into a floating dry dock which was towed into the bay and sunk in deeper water to allow the LCS to be floated off. After launch, the Jackson was towed back to Austal’s shipyard on the Mobile River and berthed just astern of her sistership Coronado (LCS 4), scheduled to leave Mobile in a few weeks for her homeport of San Diego. The Coronado will be formally christened in a ceremony to take place in 2014. More