Construction of the future USS Canberra, the 30th littoral combat ship and 15th in the class bound for San Diego, began Friday at the Austal USA shipyard in Alabama.
The futuristic, trimaran-hull LCS 30 will be the second Navy vessel to bear the name of Australia’s capital city.
“It’s a privilege to be building a U.S. Navy combat ship named for the capital of Australia, the birthplace of Austal USA’s parent organization,” said Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle. “The Independence-variant LCS will play a prominent role in the safety and security of the Pacific as our ships deploy forward this year and for years to come.”
Austal USA has delivered nine littoral combat ships to the Navy, with six currently under construction, and four awaiting the start of construction.
The littoral combat ships are fast, highly maneuverable and flexible warships designed for mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare and surface missions in the littoral regions of the world.
The ships are being built in both trimaran and monohull variants. The trimaran variants are based in San Diego, while the monohull versions are based on the East Coast. A total of 40 ships are planned.
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