Final Contract Trials

The U.S. Navy’s Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Jackson (LCS-6) completed Final Contract Trials (FCT) May 19.

Fire Controlman 1st Class Niklaus Pegler, from Monette, Arkansas, conducts an inspection of the multi-function racks aboard Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Jackson (LCS-6) during Final Contract Trials (FCT) (U.S. Navy photo by Fire Controlman 1st Class Christopher J. Bright)
Fire Controlman 1st Class Niklaus Pegler, from Monette, Arkansas, conducts an inspection of the multi-function racks aboard Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Jackson (LCS-6) during Final Contract Trials (FCT) (U.S. Navy photo by Fire Controlman 1st Class Christopher J. Bright)

Navy regulations require a final demonstration of ships’ capabilities prior to the end of the contractor warranty period to determine if there are any defects, failures or deterioration other than that due to normal wear and tear. The trial, conducted by the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), is part of a series of post-delivery tests and trials during which the ship and its major systems are exercised, tested and corrected as required.

«As the permanent crew for Jackson, I can’t be more proud of our ship, her systems and my Sailors’ performance during FCT», said Commander Patrick Keller, commanding officer. «Our ship has gone through Full Ship Shock Trials, Combat Systems Ship Qualification Trials events, and now FCT, proving once again that she is ready for the next major evolution».

FCT evaluates the material condition and performance of the ship’s major systems including main propulsion, ship control systems, combat systems, and damage control systems. Special evolutions demonstrated included the firing of the 57-mm gun, maneuvering testing and launch and recovery of the embarked rigid hull inflatable boat.

«We worked hard during FCT, but it was also exciting because this is what we are trained to do», said Mineman 2nd Class Nathan Davis. «We’ve shown just how strong our ship is and how dedicated our crew is».

After FCT, Jackson begins a Post Shakedown Availability (PSA). PSA is the last availability in the ship’s construction period, during which required repairs identified during combat systems ship qualification trials and FCT are made using contractor and program office money.

LCS (Littoral Combat Ship) is a high-speed, agile, shallow draft, mission-focused surface combatant designed for operations in the littoral environment, yet fully capable of open ocean operations. As part of the surface fleet, LCS has the ability to counter and outpace evolving threats independently or within a network of surface combatants. Paired with advanced sonar and mine hunting capabilities, LCS provides a major contribution, as well as a more diverse set of options to commanders, across the spectrum of operations.

Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) personnel man a 11M Ridged Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) during launch and recovery operations aboard the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Jackson (LCS-6) during Final Contract Trials (FCT) (U.S. Navy photo by Fire Controlman 1st Class Christopher J. Bright)
Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) personnel man a 11M Ridged Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) during launch and recovery operations aboard the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Jackson (LCS-6) during Final Contract Trials (FCT) (U.S. Navy photo by Fire Controlman 1st Class Christopher J. Bright)

 

The Independence Variant of the LCS Class

PRINCIPAL DIMENSIONS
Construction Hull and superstructure – aluminium alloy
Length overall 417 feet/127.1 m
Beam overall 103 feet/31.4 m
Hull draft (maximum) 14.8 feet/4.5 m
PAYLOAD AND CAPACITIES
Complement Core Crew – 40
Mission crew – 36
Berthing 76 in a mix of single, double & quad berthing compartments
Maximum mission load 210 tonnes
Mission Bay Volume 118,403 feet3/11,000 m3
Mission packages Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW)
Surface Warfare (SUW)
Mine Warfare (MIW)
PROPULSION
Main engines 2 × GE LM2500
2 × MTU 20V 8000
Waterjets 4 × Wartsila steerable
Bow thruster Retractable azimuthing
PERFORMANCE
Speed 40 knots/46 mph/74 km/h
Range 3,500 NM/4,028 miles/6,482 km
Operational limitation Survival in Sea State 8
MISSION/LOGISTICS DECK
Deck area >21,527.8 feet2/2,000 m2
Launch and recovery Twin boom extending crane
Loading Side ramp
Internal elevator to hanger
Launch/Recover Watercraft Sea State 4
FLIGHT DECK AND HANGER
Flight deck dimensions 2 × SH-60 or 1 × CH-53 or multiple Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/Vertical Take-off and Land Tactical Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs/VTUAVs)
Hanger Aircraft stowage & maintenance for 2 × SH-60
Launch/Recover Aircraft Sea State 5
WEAPONS AND SENSORS
Standard 1 × 57-mm gun
4 × 12.7-mm/.50 caliber guns
1 × Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) launcher
3 × weapons modules

 

Independence-class

Ship Laid down Launched Commissioned Homeport
USS Independence (LCS-2) 01-19-2006 04-26-2008 01-16-2010 San Diego, California
USS Coronado (LCS-4) 12-17-2009 01-14-2012 04-05-2014 San Diego, California
USS Jackson (LCS-6) 08-01-2011 12-14-2013 12-05-2015 San Diego, California
USS Montgomery (LCS-8) 06-25-2013 08-06-2014 09-10-2016 San Diego, California
USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10) 04-16-2014 02-25-2015
USS Omaha (LCS-12) 02-18-2015 11-20-2015
USS Manchester (LCS-14) 06-29-2015 05-12-2016
USS Tulsa (LCS-16) 01-11-2016
USS Charleston (LCS-18) 06-28-2016
USS Cincinnati (LCS-20) 04-10-2017
USS Kansas City (LCS-22)
USS Oakland (LCS-24)

 

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