Austal USA hosts christening for future LCS 20

The ship’s sponsor, Penny Pritzker — 38th U.S. Secretary of Commerce, christened the new ship. Austal USA photo Austal USA celebrated the christening of littoral combat ship 20 (LCS 20), the future Cincinnati , with a ceremony at its state-of-the-art ship manufacturing facility in Mobile, Ala., on Saturday. Cincinnati is the 10th of 15 421’6″x103.7′ Independence-variant LCS Austal USA has under contract with the U.S. Navy at a combined value of over $4.5 billion.

“We’re so excited to christen this awesome ship here at Austal USA,” Austal USA president Craig Perciavalle, said in his remarks during the ceremony. “The future USS Cincinnati will set another benchmark for cost, schedule, quality and capability for the LCS program thanks to the incredible work of our shipbuilding team.”

The Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship, with a draft of 15.1′ and a displacement of 3,200 MT, is a high-speed, agile, shallow draft, focused-mission surface combatant designed to conduct Surface Warfare, Anti-Submarine Warfare, and Mine Countermeasures missions in the littoral region. With its open architecture design, the LCS can support modular weapons, sensor systems and a variety of manned and unmanned vehicles to capture and sustain littoral maritime supremacy.

“Austal USA remains laser focused on providing the most cost-effective and capable small surface combatants in the world to our great Navy,” Perciavalle said. “We stand ready with capacity now to efficiently build the Navy our nation needs while being able to support an aggressive growth plan to a 355-ship fleet.”

Dignitaries at the ceremony included Rear Adm. John P. Neagley, U.S. Navy, program executive officer for unmanned and small combatants, Frederick J. Stefany III, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for ship programs, vice admiral Walter “Ted” Carter, U.S. Navy, superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy and, representing the city of Cincinnati, David Mann, Council Member and former U.S. Congressman from Ohio.

The ship’s sponsor, Penny Pritzker — 38th U.S. Secretary of Commerce, headlined the group of officials, naval guests, civic leaders, community members and Austal USA employees who attended the ceremony beneath the hull of the ship in Austal USA’s final assembly bay. Pritzker was chosen to fulfill this prestigious honor by former Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus.

“It is a great honor to be associated with this incredible vessel and the amazing people who built it,” commented Pritzker. “I wish the crew well as the Cincinnati becomes an integral part of the U.S. naval fleet protecting our nation.”

With a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Harvard University and a Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degree from Stanford University, Penny Pritzker is an entrepreneur, civic leader, and philanthropist with more than 30 years of experience in numerous industries. Not only did she serve as U.S. Secretary of Commerce in the Obama Administration, she also served on President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and his Economic Recovery Advisory Board. She is the founder and chairman of PSP Partners , a global private investment firm, and she is a member of the board of numerous distinguished organizations […]

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