23 December 2021

LCS 30 acceptance tests were completed in early November, demonstrating to the Navy that the ship’s main systems and equipment are functioning properly. Austal USA photo

The Navy took delivery of the future USS Canberra (LCS 30) to Austal United States December 21. The 421’6 ” x 103.7 ‘aluminum trimaran is the second Independence variant littoral combat vessel (LCS) that Austal delivered to the Navy in 2021.

LCS 30 acceptance tests were completed in early November, demonstrating to the Navy that the ship’s main systems and equipment are functioning properly. Delivery documents were signed aboard the USS Canberra and the crew will now begin to prepare the vessel for commissioning in the fleet.

The main propulsion of the LCS 30 comes from the twin cylinder GE LM2500 and two MTU 20V 8000 marine engines connected to four Wärtsilä adjustable water jets. The running speed is 40 knots.

Four LCS, which have a draft of 15.1 ‘, are currently under construction, including the future USS Santa barbara (LCS 32). Final assembly is underway on the future USS Augusta (LCS 34) and modules are under construction on the future USS Kingsville (LCS 36) and the future USS rock (LCS 38).

“With two ship launches, two baptisms and now the successful sea trials and delivery of the LCS 30, the past two months have been very busy at Austal USA,” said Austal USA President Rusty Murdaugh, in a press release. “All of these milestones require deep coordination between Austal, our suppliers and our Navy teammates and I am proud to say that these partnerships grow stronger at every milestone. ”

Two expeditionary rapid transports are also under construction at the shipyard, with a third under contract. In October, Austal USA won a contract for the detailed design and construction of two Navy tow, rescue and rescue (T-ATS) vessels, the first contract for Austal’s new steel construction facility. .

In addition, Austal recently won several post-delivery service contracts for the LCS program.

The shipyard also announced earlier this week that the company has reached a final agreement to establish a ship repair facility in the Port of San Diego – a 15-acre waterfront site to focus on ship repair for ships in the Marine, Military Sealift Command and Coast Guard which will include a newly constructed floating dry dock optimized to service small surface combatants and other small to medium sized vessels.