Mobile, Alabama-based ship manufacturer Austal USA has announced its delivery of the 17th Independence-variant littoral combat ship to the U.S. Navy.
The future USS Augusta (LCS 34), named after Maine’s state capital, was handed over to the military service in a ceremony held aboard the ship on Friday. It is the second Navy vessel to be named after Augusta.
The warship’s delivery follows successful acceptance trials to ensure mission-ready components and systems that Rusty Murdaugh, president of Austal USA, hopes would “serve our country for years to come.”
The team effort was a collaboration between the company’s shipbuilders and its partners from the Navy and suppliers from across the nation, he added.
The future USS Augusta will now be prepared for fleet introduction by its pre-commissioning unit.
Under construction at Austal USA are the military branch’s final two Independence-variant LCS: the recently christened future USS Kingsville (LCS 36) and the future USS Pierre (LCS 38).