09 Jan AUSTAL USA DELIVERS THE FUTURE USS CANBERRA (LCS 30) TO THE UNITED STATES NAVY
Austal Limited (ASX:ASB) is pleased to announce Austal USA has delivered the future USS Canberra (LCS30) to the United States Navy.The Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is the second LCS Austal USA has delivered to the Navy in 2021. Austal Limited Chief Executive Officer Paddy Gregg said the latest LCS delivery was of great interest and significance as the vessel was named after Australia’s national capital, Canberra and was sponsored by Australia’s Foreign Minister, Senator the Honourable Marise Payne. “We were honoured to have Senator Marise Payne lay the keel for the future USS Canberra in March 2020, and now we’re very pleased to be delivering the completed vessel to the Navy, on time and on budget,” Mr Gregg said. “Canberra is the 15th Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship that Austal USA has delivered to the US Navy, since 2010; an outstanding track record for a multi-billion-dollar program, comprising 19 ships in total. The first Canberra (CA 70/CAG 2) was a Baltimore-class cruiser and later a Boston-class guided-missile cruiser of the U.S. Navy. The ship entered service in 1943 and served in the Pacific theater during World War II until she was torpedoed during the Aerial Battle of Taiwan-Okinawa and forced to return to the United States for repairs. After the war, Canberra was placed in reserve for conversion into the U.S. Navy’s second guided missile-carrying warship. Following the conversion, she was host to the ceremony for selecting the Unknown Soldier representing World War II in 1958, undertook an eight-month round-the-world cruise in 1960, participated in the Cuban Missile Crisis naval blockade in 1962, and was deployed to the Vietnam War on five occasions between 1965 and 1969. Canberra was decommissioned in 1970. The LCS is a fast, agile, mission-focused warship designed to operate in near-shore environments, while also capable of open-ocean tasking and defeating 21st-century coastal threats such as submarines, mines, and swarming small craft. The LCS is capable of supporting forward presence, maritime security, sea control and deterrence. The future USS Canberra is the third LCS delivered to the Navy in 2021. USS Savannah (LCS 28) was delivered June 25, and USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul (LCS 21) was delivered Nov. 18.