US Navy commissions new littoral combat ship

The United States Navy has commissioned its eleventh littoral combat ship (LCS), sixth in Independence-class variant, USS Omaha (LCS 12) on February 3 at the Broadway pier in San Diego.

“Omaha and her sister ships represent an investment in our nation, the result of the partnership between the Department of the Navy and our shipbuilding industry. American craftsmen in Mississippi, Alabama, around the country have made USS Omaha possible” said US Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer.

“The LCS fills a unique mission for the United States Navy and as these remarkable ships continue to be produced out of our shipyards, they represent an increase in our readiness and lethality,” he added.

USS Omaha (LCS 12). US Navy photo

According to US Navy, littoral combat ships are modular, reconfigurable ship, designed to meet validated fleet requirements for surface warfare (SUW), anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and mine countermeasures (MCM) missions in the littoral region.

“An interchangeable mission package is embarked on each LCS and provides the primary mission systems in one of these warfare areas. Using an open architecture design, modular weapons, sensor systems and a variety of manned and unmanned vehicles to gain, sustain and exploit littoral maritime supremacy, LCS provides U.S. joint force access to critical areas in multiple theaters,” the US Navy said.