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U.S. Navy newest littoral combat ship arrives at its new homeport in San Diego

The U.S. Navy has announced on Wednesday that its newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Cincinnati (LCS 20) arrived at its new homeport in San Diego for the first time.

The Navy commissioned Cincinnati, Oct. 5, 2019, during a ceremony in Gulfport, Miss. Cincinnati is the 12th LCS homeported in San Diego under the leadership of Littoral Combat Ship Squadron (LCSRON) One.

The Cincinnati was built by General Dynamics and Austal USA. It holds up to 40 sailors and carries two MH-60R/S Seahawk helicopters and a MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned autonomous helicopter.

“The crew of USS Cincinnati has put in a tremendous amount of hard work over the last six to seven months from the ship’s pre-commissioning, to bringing the ship to life, to the successful completion of our sail around. Their dedication has been second to none and we are thrilled to deliver Cincinnati to our homeport here in San Diego and to reunite with family, friends, and shipmates,” said Cmdr. Jedediah Kloppel, commanding officer of USS Cincinnati.

This year, the Navy commissioned six LCS, bringing the total to 19 LCS in the fleet. Most recently, the Freedom-class littoral combat ship USS Detroit (LCS 7) departed its homeport of Mayport, Florida, for the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility on its maiden deployment, Oct. 31. In addition, USS Montgomery deployed to the Indo-Pacific region. Montgomery completed a mid-deployment crew swap this fall demonstrating the ability to stretch operational time across one ship. LCS operate with two crews enabling increased operational time. The two-crew rotation creates flexibility and increased forward-presence. To optimize the two-crew model, off-ship crews train aboard a training ship.

Gabrielle Giffords also deployed this year with the Naval Strike Missile (NSM). The deployment represents a milestone for LCS lethality, marking the first time an NSM sailed into the Indo-Pacific region. During deployment, …read more

Read more here:: Defence Blog (Naval)

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