The crew of the USS Cincinnati "mans the ship"
The crew of the USS Cincinnati “man the ship” during the commissioning ceremony in Gulfport, MS. Navy photo

The Navy has commissioned the 10th futuristic, trimaran-hull littoral combat ship to be based in San Diego.

The USS Cincinnati was commissioned Saturday in Gulfport MS, and will now head to its home port of Naval Base San Diego.

The fast, highly maneuverable ship built by Austal USA has a crew of 40 and carries a 57mm main gun, various missile systems, two helicopters and a helicopter drone.

“USS Cincinnati and her crew will play an important role in the defense of our nation and maritime freedom,” said Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer. “She stands as proof of what teamwork — from civilian to contractor to military — can accomplish.”

The Navy is building 38 of the ships in two variants. All of the Independence-variant littoral ships like the Cincinnati are based in San Diego, while the more traditional monohull Freedom variants are based in Mayport, FL.

They are all modular, reconfigurable vessels designed to meet requirements for surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare and mine countermeasures in the littoral regions of the wold..

Chris Jennewein

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