US Navy to commission USS Mobile on Saturday
The U.S. Navy will order a new Littoral combat ship this weekend, the service said.
According to a recent press release from the service, the USS Mobile (LCS 26) will go into service on Saturday, May 22, 2021 in Mobile, Alabama at 10:00 a.m. CST.
Also noted that the commissioning will be a private event with a very limited audience due to public health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will be broadcast live for viewing by the general public.
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USS Mobile was built in Mobile, Alabama by Austal USA and launched on January 11, 2020.
The future USS Mobile is the fifth Navy ship to honor the city of Mobile, which has a rich historical relationship with the Navy.
The first motive was a government-operated Confederate steamer, functioning as a blockade runner and captured in New Orleans in April 1862 by American forces. Ordered as USS Tennessee, the ship was later renamed Mobile. Commissioned in March 1919, the Second Mobile, a Hamburg Amerika Lines liner operating between Germany and the United States until the outbreak of World War I, was taken over by the Allied Maritime Council and assigned to the United States. after the armistice. Mobile (CL 63) participated in numerous Pacific theater campaigns during World War II. Commissioned on March 24, 1943, the cruiser received 11 Battle Stars for the ship’s service time and was decommissioned in May 1947. The Fourth Mobile (LKA 115) was an amphibious freighter in service from September 1969 until ‘when it was decommissioned in February 1994.
The LCS is a highly maneuverable, lethal and adaptable ship designed to support targeted mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare and surface warfare missions. The Independence variant LCS incorporates new technologies and capabilities to affordably support current and future missions, from deep water to shoreline.
The LCS is now the second largest class of surface ships in production, behind the Navy’s DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class destroyer program.