SOUTH CHINA SEA – U.S. Navy Commissioning 12th Littoral Combat Ship (LCS 14) Into Active Service

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (May 26, 2018) – The littoral combat ship USS Manchester (LCS 14) was commissioned as the Navy’s newest surface combatant in a ceremony in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, May 26.

The Independence-variant LCS is the Navy’s second ship to be named for the city of Manchester, New Hampshire.

“The faces of the Sailors that ran to man this ship are the faces that I’ve seen day after day for the last 22 months as we worked to bring this ship to life,” said Cmdr. Emily Basset, Manchester’s commanding officer and a Seattle, Washington native. “They took the city of Manchester’s motto – work conquers – and they have personified the spirit of our namesake city. Each Sailor is highly trained and must do the duties that three or four would do on another ship. These Sailors are reasons to make us all proud.”

The ship’s sponsor, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), gave the traditional order to, “Man this ship and bring her to life,” signaling the Sailors to embark and officially begin the ship’s service as a U.S. Navy ship.

For the ship’s crew, the day was the culmination of months’ worth of work to get the Manchester prepared for commissioning, and having the commissioning in the ship’s namesake state was a special opportunity for some of Manchester’s Sailors.

“It’s really amazing to be on a ship named for [a city in] my home state,” said Information Systems Technician 1st Class Laryssa Noyes, from Derry, New Hampshire. “It’s really quite an honor that I’m here for this. It’s awesome because my family got to be here and see what I do on a daily basis.”

After the ceremony the ship will transit to San Diego to join Commander, Littoral Combat Ship Squadron One (COMLCSRON ONE) and eight other LCS currently homeported at Naval Base San Diego.

Manchester is the 12th littoral combat ship and the seventh of the Independence variant.

The 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.

Littoral combat ship are best operating in the shallow water such as the South China Sea where China recently speedup land reclamation in the region.

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26 thoughts on “SOUTH CHINA SEA – U.S. Navy Commissioning 12th Littoral Combat Ship (LCS 14) Into Active Service

  1. Congrestulation US navy more strong with new warship Let come to South China Sea to support Japan and Vietnam

  2. phi phi when you talk about the America 's difference and powerful. Which do you want to speak? US or America? There are a lots of countries poors in America, maybe you didn't know.

  3. Good thing I wasn’t here I would have lost my shit and Mae a scene because some dip shit says ten hut…… its attention!!!!!

  4. God forbid if Washington were to work with the rest of the world towards peace? Zionist Washington American greed is very sickening.
    But it may be your karma to feed a lot of hungry sharks.

  5. ANOTHER EASY TARGET FOR ONE OF THE NEW PUTIN'S MISSILES…. THIS SHIP WON'T STAND A CHANCE AGAINST RUSSIAN MILITARY

  6. == Why american don't stop themselves not to build the nuclear? Why they always want to stop other country and don't let them build the nuclear? Maybe America really scared of other country so much , american very scared to die …. Ha ha!

  7. Warships are produced to bully, to defend, whichever is the purpose, i hope it should not be use for war. It is like getting nukes and hope not to explode but just to show do not mess with us….

  8. US should spend more on better the people's livelihood instead of bully the middle east and meddle the south China sea

  9. OUR FILIPINO ANCESTORS ALWAYS READY TO WAR. THE FOUGTH WITH BOLOS AND SPEARS TO PROTECT OUR LANDS. AND OUR FILIPINO ARM FORCES ARE READY TO THE BATTLES AND WARS WITH MODERN WEAPONS TO DEPEND OUR LANDS LIKE OUR BRAVE ANCESTORS.

  10. Stay in your own backyard America you have created enough havoc in this world to date the world has had enough of your barbaric stand over bullying tactics, I hope China socks it to you!

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