The US Navy (USN) christened USS Charleston (LCS 18), its newest littoral combat ship (LCS), on 26 August in Mobile, Alabama.
LCS 18, the sixth ship to be named for the city of Charleston, is a 128.5 m long Independence-variant LCS built by Austal USA. The LCS class has two variants; the other is Lockheed Martin’s Freedom variant that accounts for odd-number hulls.
Meanwhile, the navy is in the midst of reconsidering its requirements and acquisition approach for its next-generation multimission guided-missile frigate (FFG[X]), which was originally to be a more lethal and more survivable evolution of the LCS.
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