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.
(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.
Detailed history pending.
Mark L. Evans
4 March 2019