The future USS Cincinnati at the shipyard in Alabama. Courtesy Austal USA

The future USS Cincinnati successfully concluded acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico last week, and will be based in San Diego after it’s commissioning, the Navy announced Wednesday.

The trimaran-variant of the littoral combat ship class is designated LCS 20 and will join nine other ships already based in San Diego.

“I can’t say enough about the positive results achieved by the Navy and industry team during these acceptance trials of the future USS Cincinnati,” said Capt. Mike Taylor, the  Navy’s program manager. “She’s well into her journey to be delivered to the Navy this summer, and will provide needed and cost-effective warfighting capability to the fleet and the nation.”

Following delivery and commissioning, the vessel will join nine sister ships already homeported in San Diego: USS Independence (LCS 2), USS Coronado (LCS 4), USS Jackson (LCS 6), USS Montgomery (LCS 8), USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), USS Omaha (LCS 12), USS Manchester (LCS 14), future USS Tulsa (LCS 16) and future USS Charleston (LCS 18).

The littoral combat ships constitute the second-largest surface-ship class in production. Four more trimaran variants are under construction at Austal USA in Mobile, AL.

There are an equal number of the monohull variant, which are based on the East Coast.

The ships are highly-maneuverable, lethal and adaptable vessels designed to support mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare and surface-warfare missions in the littoral regions of the world.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.