The future USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) successfully concluded its acceptance trial Sept. 18, after completing a series of in-port and underway demonstrations for the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV).
The acceptance trial is the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship to the Navy, which is planned for October. During the five-day trial, the Navy conducted comprehensive tests of the installed systems.
"What a ride," said LCS program manager Capt. Tom Anderson. "The weather on Lake Michigan during the conduct of this trial was not pleasant. Despite the high sea state, Milwaukee crisply executed the schedule of events and received some of the highest demonstration scores to date for the LCS class. Milwaukee lives up to her namesake city in both her tenacity and strength."
While underway the ship performed launch and recovery operations of the 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boat, a four hour full power run, surface and air self-defense detect-to-engage exercises and demonstrated the ship's maneuverability performing tight turns and full-power quick reversal.
Following her commissioning in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in November the ship will prepare for full ship shock trials to be held in the Atlantic Ocean in 2016. She will then sail to California to be homeported in San Diego with sister ships USS Freedom (LCS 1), USS Independence (LCS 2), USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) and USS Coronado (LCS 4).
LCS is a modular, reconfigurable ship, with three types of mission packages including surface warfare, mine countermeasures and anti-submarine warfare. The Program Executive Office Littoral Combat Ships (PEO LCS) is responsible for delivering and sustaining littoral mission capabilities to the fleet. Delivering high-quality warfighting assets while balancing affordability and capability is key to supporting the nation's maritime strategy.
Source: US Navy
Date: Sep 28, 2015