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Charleston VI (LCS-18)

2019–

The sixth U.S. Navy ship named for the chief seaport of South Carolina—the fifth Charleston, an amphibious cargo ship (LKA-113), was also named for Charleston County in that state. 

VI 

(LCS-18: displacement 3,200; length 421.5'; beam 103.7'; draft 15.1'; speed 40+ knots; complement 40+ augmentees; armament 1 Mk 110 57 millimeter gun, RIM-116 SeaRAM (Rolling Airframe Missile) defense system, and 4 .50 caliber machine guns; aircraft 2 Sikorsky MH-60R/S Seahawks and 1 Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Fire Scout; class Independence

The Navy awarded Austal USA the contract to build LCS-18 at Mobile, Ala., on 29 December 2010. Secretary of the Navy Raymond E. Mabus Jr. announced the selection of the name Charleston for her during a ceremony at the Maritime Center at Charleston, S.C., on 9 January 2015. Charleston was sponsored by Mrs. Charlotte Riley, wife of Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr., of Charleston; her keel was authenticated on 28 June 2016; she was launched on 14 September 2017; delivered on 31 August 2018; and commissioned on 2 March 2019, at the Columbus Street Terminal, Charleston, Cmdr. Christopher K. Brusca in command.

Secretary of the Navy Raymond E. Mabus Jr., addresses the audience during Charleston’s naming ceremony at the Maritime Center at Charleston, S.C., 9 January 2015. (Joe Bullinger, U.S. Navy Photograph 10382623_10152958880607278_4469435114989272161_n, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Facebook).
Secretary of the Navy Raymond E. Mabus Jr., addresses the audience during Charleston’s naming ceremony at the Maritime Center at Charleston, S.C., 9 January 2015. (Joe Bullinger, U.S. Navy Photograph 10382623_10152958880607278_4469435114989272161_n, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Facebook).
Charleston’s Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr., signs an artist’s rendering of how the ship will look when she is commissioned, 9 January 2015. (Joe Bullinger, U.S. Navy Photograph 10931241_10152958880412278_7836575418174605937_n, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Facebook).
Charleston’s Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr., signs an artist’s rendering of how the ship will look when she is commissioned, 9 January 2015. (Joe Bullinger, U.S. Navy Photograph 10931241_10152958880412278_7836575418174605937_n, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Facebook).

Crewmembers man the rails as Charleston is commissioned at her namesake city, 2 March 2019. (MC2 Natalia Murillo, U.S. Navy Photograph 190302-N-RF885-023)
Caption: Crewmembers man the rails as Charleston is commissioned at her namesake city, 2 March 2019. (MC2 Natalia Murillo, U.S. Navy Photograph 190302-N-RF885-023)


Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer speaks during the commissioning ceremony, 2 March 2019. (MC2 Natalia Murillo, U.S. Navy Photograph 190302-N-RF885-007)
Caption: Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer speaks during the commissioning ceremony, 2 March 2019. (MC2 Natalia Murillo, U.S. Navy Photograph 190302-N-RF885-007)

Detailed history pending.

Mark L. Evans
4 March 2019

Published: Mon Mar 04 09:47:00 EST 2019