USS Cincinnati passes downtown San Diego skyline
The USS Cincinnati passes the downtown San Diego skyline. Navy photo

The 12th futuristic, trimaran-hull littoral combat ship to be based in San Diego arrived here on Wednesday after a voyage from the Austal USA shipyard in Mississippi.

The USS Cincinnati joins the growing LCS fleet docked at Naval Base San Diego.

“Cincinnati is a great ship with an incredible crew. With Cincinnati’s arrival, we now have 12 littoral combat ships homeported in San Diego, and we are extremely proud of the hard work our LCS crews continue to demonstrate every day,” said Capt. Matthew McGonigle, commodore of Littoral Combat Ship Squadron One.

The Navy is building the fast, agile and modular warships in two variants — a trimaran version based in San Diego and a more traditional monohull version based on the East Coast.

So far this year the Navy has commissioned six ships, bringing the total in the fleet on both coasts to 19.

The ships operate with two crews to enable increased operational tempo. The two-crew rotation creates flexibility and increased forward-presence. Off-ship crews train aboard a training ship.

Both LCS variants can cruise at over 50 mph, and are armed with a rapid-fire 57 mm deck gun, multiple smaller deck guns, Hellfire anti-ship missiles, SeaRAM anti-aircraft missiles and either one helicopter or two helicopter drones.

Chris Jennewein

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