MOBILE, Ala. (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of future USS Montgomery (LCS 8) during a ceremony at the Austal USA shipyard, June 23.
The delivery of Montgomery serves as the official transfer of the ship from the shipbuilder to the Navy and is a major milestone in the ship's transition to operational status.
Ship delivery follows extensive tests, trials, and demonstrations of the ship's hull, mechanical, and electrical systems including the ship's boat handling, anchoring, and mooring systems as well as major demonstrations of the damage control, navigation, and communications systems.
"This is the 4th Independence-class ship we've delivered, and our Sailors will be receiving another highly capable platform in Montgomery," said Capt. Thomas Anderson, LCS 2 class program manager. "This ship has performed exceptionally well to date, which is a testament to our Navy and industry team and the production efficiencies realized on this class."
Following crew move aboard and certification, the ship will move across the Mobile River to the Alabama State Docks for commissioning, planned for September 10, 2016. Upon commissioning, the ship will transit to her homeport of San Diego.
The principal mission of LCS 2 class Littoral Combat Ships is to operate in the open ocean and littorals playing a vital role in maritime security and international partnerships. The ship will carry 1 of 3 mission packages and have the capability to provide humanitarian aid with its 11,000 cubic meter mission bay, augmented by helicopters (SH-60) and unmanned aerial vehicles (MQ-8B).
"Montgomery's crew has diligently trained for months in preparation of this day and they are ready and excited to take charge of this ship on behalf of the U.S. Navy," said Cmdr. Daniel Straub, commanding officer of future Montgomery. "These are 50 of our nation's finest men and women who continue to honor Montgomery's namesake with their dedication to bringing this ship to life."
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