The future USS Kansas City
The future USS Kansas City off Mobile, AL. Courtesy Austal USA

The future USS Kansas City — the 11th littoral combat ship headed for San Diego successfully completed acceptance trials last week in the Gulf of Mexico.

It’s the third futuristic, trimaran-hull warship completed by Austal USA in Mobile, AL, this year. The program is at full-rate production, with five more ships currently under construction.

“I take great pride in how our LCS team has elevated this program to be an example of manufacturing excellence,” said Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle. “This is the 11th LCS sea trials completed successfully and more to follow. I am excited that this ship will be joining the fleet soon further strengthening our great Navy.”

The shallow-draft ships are designed to defeat growing threats in coastal waters. They are fast, maneuverable and networked vessels designed for surface warfare, mine counter-measures and anti-submarine action.

A total of 33 ships are planned in two variants, which the trimaran Independence versions based in San Diego and the more traditional monohull Freedom variants deployed on the East Coast.

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Chris Jennewein

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