US Navy names LCS 34
The US Navy will name its next Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship, LCS 34, as USS Augusta.
The vessel is being built by Austal USA at its Mobile facility in Alabama.
The 419ft ship will have a beam length of 104ft and will be capable of operating at speeds in excess of 40kt. The LCS has been designed to support mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare and surface warfare missions.
To date, the navy has accepted delivery of 17 LCS. Including the recent contract modifications, a total of 35 LCSs have been procured with 11 ships under construction (LCS 17, 19-26) and seven more ships in pre-construction ships (LCS 29-32, 34, 36, 38).
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