US Navy takes delivery of 11th Independence-class LCS

Photo: Austal USA

The US Navy has taken delivery of the future USS Kansas City, an Independence-class littoral combat ship (LCS) built by Austal USA.

The 127-metre vessel is designed to defeat asymmetric “anti-access” threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines, and fast surface craft.

The future Kansas City is the 11th Independence-class LCS built by Austal. Five other sister vessels are under various stages of construction at the company’s shipyard in Mobile, Alabama.

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