Austal has announced that it has delivered its 10th Independence Class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) to the US Navy.
To be designated the USS Cincinnati (LCS 20), it will be the 18th LCS to join the fleet.
"This program continues to improve with efficiency and is delivering a first rate capability for the US Navy. It is a credit to the hard working and skilled team we have in Mobile, Alabama," Austal CEO David Singleton said.
Five Small Surface Combatants are presently under various stages of construction at Austal’s Alabama shipyard.
USS Kansas City (LCS 22) is preparing for sea trials, with assembly underway on USS Oakland (LCS 24) and USS Mobile (LCS 26).
Modules are under construction for USS Savannah (LCS 28) and USS Canberra (LCS 30), with four more under contract through to LCS 38.
The LCS is a high-speed, agile, multi-mission combatant, with the Independence variant open ocean capable but designed to "defeat growing littoral threats and provide access and dominance in the coastal water battlespace".
The vessel is designed for critical missions including mine warfare, anti-submarine warfare and surface warfare.
Austal is an Australian shipbuilder and global defence prime contractor that designs constructs and sustains some of the world’s most advanced commercial and defence vessels.
Austal has designed, constructed and delivered more than 300 commercial and defence vessels for more than 100 operators in 54 countries worldwide. Austal is Australia’s largest defence exporter and the only ASX-listed shipbuilder.
Austal is also under contract to deliver 14 expeditionary fast transport vessels (EPF) for the US Navy.
The company has delivered 10 EPFs into service with an additional two in various stages of construction.