US Navy takes delivery of 11th Independence-Class LCS

The US Navy has taken delivery of the future USS Kansas City, an Independence-class littoral combat ship (LCS) built by Austal USA.

The 127-metre vessel is designed to defeat asymmetric “anti-access” threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines, and fast surface craft.

The future Kansas City is the 11th Independence-class LCS built by Austal.

Five other sister vessels are under various stages of construction at the company’s shipyard in Mobile, Alabama.
Credit: Baird Maritime