The U.S. Navy commissioned the USS Manchester (LCS-14), the newest combat ship and Littoral Combat Ship on May 26 in Portmouth, N.H.
LCS-14 is the 12th LCS and seventh Independence-variant ship to enter the fleet.
The Independence-variant ships are designed with prime contractor General Dynamics [GD] and built by Austal USA in Mobile, Ala.
Adm. William Moran, vice chief of naval operations (VCNO), delivered the ceremony’s principal address while Sen. Jeane Shaheen (D-N.H.) served as ship’s sponsor.
Following the ceremony, the Manchester is expected to join Littoral Combat Ship Squadron 1 and eight fellow LCSs homeported at Naval Base San Diego.
“The future USS Manchester is a modern marvel and an example of the increased capability that comes from a true partnership with the American industry,” Navy Secretary Richard Spencer said in a statement before the ceremony.