The United States Navy has commissioned its 12th littoral combat ship (LCS) and the 7th of the Independence variant, the USS Manchester (LCS 14). The newest surface combatant of US Navy was commissioned during a ceremony in Portsmouth on May 26.
“The littoral combat ship is a high speed, agile, shallow draft, mission-focused surface combatant designed for operations in the littoral environment, yet fully capable of open ocean operations,” the US Navy said.
“As part of the surface fleet, LCS has the ability to counter and outpace evolving threats independently or within a network of surface combatants,” it added.
“Paired with advanced sonar and mine hunting capabilities, LCS provides a major contribution, as well as a more diverse set of options to commanders, across the spectrum of operations,” the US Navy said.
USS Manchester (LCS 14) will transit to San Diego to join Littoral Combat Ship Squadron 1 and eight other LCS currently homeported at Naval Base San Diego.