The Mayport LCS community will include three new buildings where Sailors assigned to the ships will train, while the support squadron staff addresses administrative, scheduling, maintenance, logistics and equipment issues for the ships and crews.
During the ceremony, LCSRON 2 Commodore, Capt. Paul Young, said that this was his third and the most exciting time assuming command.
“We are going to ask a lot of these Sailors,” Young said. “They are going to have to be as innovative as they ever have before. We are going to ask them to challenge and question things they spent years learning. And then, we’re going to ask them to take those innovations and fold them neatly and smoothly into the greatest surface force in history. Any of you who have worked with Sailors know they’ll do it. They’ll get it done and that excites me. It will be an honor and a privilege to watch.”
Fast, agile and mission-focused, littoral combat ships are designed to operate in near-shore environments and employ modular mission packages that can be configured for surface warfare, mine countermeasures or anti-submarine warfare. The LCS Class consists of two variants, the monohull design Freedom variant and the trimaran design Independence variant. The ships are designed and built by two industry teams, led by Lockheed Martin and Austal USA, respectively. They operate with a core crew of 50, a composite aviation detachment of 23, and a mission module crew of 15 to 20 depending on the assignment.
“Littoral Combat Ships will play an important role in today's Fleet meeting our CNO's key tenets of Warfighting First, Operate Forward, Be Ready," Gumataotao said. “It's very motivating to see the diverse mix of surface ships down here in Mayport... Amphibs, CRUDES, PCs and soon the LCS Hull 1 variant. The sense of team and partnership is not just evident on the waterfront but also with the community here in Mayport. If you're a junior officer, this is a good place to put on your dream-sheet! "
Construction is currently underway for a two-story logistics support facility that will house classrooms, an operations work space, a reference library, office spaces for the ship crews when they are not shipboard, video teleconference rooms, and a crew lounge.