Littoral combat ship USS Cincinnati arrives at new homeport for first time

US Navy’s Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Cincinnati (LCS 20) arrived at its new homeport in San Diego for the first time on November 20.

The navy commissioned Cincinnati, on October 5, during a ceremony in Gulfport, Miss.

The ship is the 12th LCS homeported in San Diego under the leadership of Littoral Combat Ship Squadron (LCSRON) One.

“The crew of USS Cincinnati has put in a tremendous amount of hard work over the last six to seven months from the ship’s pre-commissioning, to bringing the ship to life, to the successful completion of our sail around,” said Cmdr. Jedediah Kloppel, commanding officer of USS Cincinnati.

This year, the Navy commissioned six LCS, bringing the total to 19 LCS in the fleet.

Most recently, the Freedom-class littoral combat ship USS Detroit (LCS 7) departed its homeport of Mayport, Florida, for the US Southern Command area of responsibility on its maiden deployment, Oct. 31. In addition, USS Montgomery deployed to the Indo-Pacific region.

Montgomery completed a mid-deployment crew swap this fall demonstrating the ability to stretch operational time across one ship. LCS operate with two crews enabling increased operational time. The two-crew rotation creates flexibility and increased forward-presence. To optimize the two-crew model, off-ship crews train aboard a training ship.

Gabrielle Giffords also deployed this year with the Naval Strike Missile (NSM). The deployment represents a milestone for LCS lethality, marking the first time an NSM sailed into the Indo-Pacific region. During deployment, Gabrielle Giffords fired an NSM, a stealthy missile that flies at sea-skimming altitude, has terrain-following capability, and uses an advanced seeker for precise targeting in challenging conditions.

“Cincinnati is a great ship with an incredible crew. With Cincinnati’s arrival, we now have 12 littoral combat ships homeported in San Diego, and we are extremely proud of the hard work our LCS crews continue to demonstrate every day,” said Capt. Matthew McGonigle, commodore of Littoral Combat Ship Squadron One.

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