USS Charleston in San Diego Bay
The USS Charleston in San Diego Bay. Navy photo

The Navy’s newest littoral combat ship, the trimaran-hull USS Charleston, has arrived at its San Diego after completing its maiden voyage from the shipyard in Alabama.

The Charleston officially joined the fleet on March 2 when the futuristic warship was commissioned in its namesake city of Charleston, SC.

During the maiden voyage, the ship also made port calls in Mayport, FL; Little Creek, VA; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and, after sailing through the Panama Canal, Mazatlan, Mexico.

“I’m proud to say that the crew did a phenomenal job during Charleston’s maiden voyage, working many long hours to execute the voyage safely,” said Cmdr. Christopher K. Brusca. “To get Charleston ready for delivery, we’ve been away from our families for nine months, but during that time, the crew maintained an infectious positivity throughout every aspect of bringing this ship to the fleet.”

The littoral combat ships are high-speed, agile, shallow-draft surface combatants designed for operations in the littoral environments of the globe. The Navy is building a total of 40 in monohull and trimaran variants, with the latter all based in San Diego.

Chris Jennewein

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