The future USS Cincinnati during acceptance trials in February. Courtesy Austal USA

Austal USA announced Tuesday it has delivered the 10th Independence-variant littoral combat ship to the Navy.

The future USS Cincinnati (LCS 20), which was christened in May, will be stationed in San Diego along with the rest of the trimaran-hull ships in the class.

“It’s so exciting to deliver another great warship to the U.S. Navy,” said Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle. “I’m so proud of our incredible team here at Austal USA, our industry and Navy partners for achieving this major milestone for the future USS Cincinnati.”

Five more of the ships are in various stages of construction at Austal’s shipyard in Mobile, AL. The future USS Kansas City (LCS 22) is preparing for sea trials. Assembly is underway on the future USS Oakland (LCS 24) and the future USS Mobile (LCS 26), and modules are under construction for the future USS Savannah (LCS 28) and the future USS Canberra (LCS 30), with four more under contract through LCS 38.

“The shipbuilding momentum here is second to none, led by the most talented shipbuilding professionals I’ve ever worked with,” Perciavalle continued. “This momentum and efficiency continues to result in incredible cost savings ship over ship, enabling us to provide highly capable but very cost-effective solutions to our Navy.”

Littoral combat ships are highly maneuverable, flexible warships designed to support mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare and surface warfare missions. A monohull variant is also being built, with those vessels stationed on the East Coast.

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Chris Jennewein

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