US Navy and Austal held a keel laying ceremony for the future USS Gabrielle Giffords, 10th LCS

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Naval Forces News - USA
 
 
 
US Navy and Austal held a keel laying ceremony for the future USS Gabrielle Giffords, 10th LCS
 
The US Navy and Austal USA held a keel laying ceremony for the future USS Gabrielle Giffords, the Navy's tenth littoral combat ship (LCS), on April 16 in Mobile, Ala. The keel-laying ceremony recognizes the first joining together of a ship's components. While modern shipbuilding processes allow fabrication of individual modules to begin months earlier, the laying of the keel represents the formal beginning of a ship.
     
The US Navy and Austal USA held a keel laying ceremony for the future USS Gabrielle Giffords, the Navy's tenth littoral combat ship (LCS), on April 16 in Mobile, Ala. The keel-laying ceremony recognizes the first joining together of a ship's components. While modern shipbuilding processes allow fabrication of individual modules to begin months earlier, the laying of the keel represents the formal beginning of a ship. USS Coronado (LCS 4), Indepedence class Littoral Combat Ship
     
The ship’s sponsor, Ms. Roxanna Green, was unable to attend the ceremony. The ship’s namesake, former Representative Gabrielle Giffords, authenticated the keel by having her initials welded into a sheet of the ship's hull.

"It is a special day for all of us on the Gulf Coast to have the ship's namesake, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, here with us for the keel laying ceremony of LCS 10, the future USS Gabrielle Giffords," said Capt. Joseph Tuite, Supervisor of Shipbuilding (SUPSHIP) Gulf Coast.

LCS is a new class of U.S. Navy warship, capable of open-ocean operation but optimized for littoral, or coastal, missions. LCS 10 is one of five Independence-variant LCS currently under construction at Austal USA. The ship is expected to deliver to the fleet in 2017.

“This is an important milestone for the Navy. I look forward to closely following the completion of the future USS Gabrielle Giffords, as well as her sister ships, as we bring this tremendous capability to the fleet.” said Rear Adm. Brian Antonio, program executive officer, Littoral Combat Ships.

The Gabrielle Giffords will be approximately 420 feet in length, have a waterline beam of about 103 feet, displace approximately 3,000 tons, and make speed in excess of 40 knots. The construction will be led by Austal Shipbuilding in Mobile, Ala. This is the sixteenth ship to be named for a woman and the thirteenth ship to be named for a living person since 1850.

PEO LCS is responsible for delivering and sustaining credible littoral mission capabilities to the fleet and is working with industry to achieve steady production to increase production efficiencies and leverage cost savings. Delivering high-quality warfighting assets while balancing affordability and capability is key to supporting the nation's maritime strategy.
Link to LCS 2 (Independence class) technical datasheet
 

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