Sixth Independence-variant LCS arrives in San Diego
US Navy’s sixth Independence-variant littoral combat ship, the future USS Omaha (LCS 12), completed her maiden voyage arriving in San Diego on January 19.
Following construction and acceptance trials at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, the ship completed vendor training, various crew and ship certification events, several maintenance availabilities and a Panama Canal transit.
Omaha sailed from Mobile to Mayport, Fla.; Norfolk, Va.; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Manzanillo, Mexico before arriving in San Diego. Omaha will be commissioned in downtown San Diego on February 3.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the hard work and dedication Omaha’s crew has exhibited over the last eight months away from our homeport and bringing our ship to life,” said Cmdr. Michael Toth, Omaha’s commanding officer. “Their efforts have safely brought Omaha to homeport and set a culture of pride, professionalism and excellence which will endure in the years to come.”
“After her commissioning, Omaha will join Commander, Surface Division 11 and immediately begin the next steps in preparing for deployment,” said Capt. Jordy Harrison, commander, Littoral Combat Ship Squadron 1. “We are proud of this ship and her crew and welcome them to the growing Fleet of LCS.”
Omaha is the eleventh littoral combat ship to enter the fleet and sixth Independence-variant littoral combat ship. She joins USS Independence (LCS 2), USS Coronado (LCS 4), USS Jackson (LCS 6), USS Montgomery (LCS 8) and USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) in homeport San Diego.