USS Montgomery in Singapore
The littoral combat ship USS Montgomery at Changi Naval Base, Singapore on Saturday. Navy photo

The San Diego-based USS Montgomery arrived in Singapore over the weekend in the fourth deployment of a futuristic littoral combat ship to Southeast Asia.

The ship docked at Changi Naval Base on the island city-state, which is a predominantly English-speaking ally of the United States.

The trimaran-hull Montgomery’s arrival follows earlier rotational visits by the USS Freedom, USS Fort Worth and USS Coronado.

“Rotational deployments by our littoral combat ships provide the presence and flexibility that are so important in this region,” said Rear Adm. Joey Tynch, commander of the Navy’s Logistics Group Western Pacific. “This platform is a utility player, ready to perform a full spectrum of tasking from maritime security operations and theater security cooperation to humanitarian assistance and disaster response.”

The Montgomery will conduct operations, exercises and port visits throughout the region, as well as work alongside allied and partner navies to provide maritime security and stability, the Navy said.

Littoral combat ships are fast, agile and networked surface warships that are optimized for operations in near-shore environments. They are being built in traditional monohull and futuristic trimaran variants, with the latter all based in San Diego.

Chris Jennewein

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