The littoral combat ship USS Manchester (LCS-14) was commissioned as the Navy’s newest surface combatant vessel during a ceremony here, May 26.
The vessel is the Navy’s second ship to be named for the city of Manchester, New Hampshire.
Littoral combat ships are high speed, agile, shallow draft, surface combatant vessels designed for operations in the near-shore environment, yet fully capable of open-ocean operations.
Littoral combat ships have the ability to counter and outpace evolving threats independently or within a network of surface combatants. Paired with advanced sonar and mine hunting capabilities, the vessels provide a major contribution, as well as a more diverse set of options to commanders, across the spectrum of operations.
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