The second U.S. navy ship named for the industrial city in south central New Hampshire. The first Manchester, a light cruiser (CL-83), served from 1946–1960.
(LCS-14: 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)
Secretary of the Navy Raymond E. Mabus Jr., announced the selection of the name Manchester for LCS-14 on 16 April 2013. The littoral combat ship was laid down on 29 June 2015 at Mobile, Ala., by Austal USA; christened on 7 May 2016; launched on 12 May 2016; sponsored by Senator C. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire; completed acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico on 15 December 2017, following a series of graded in-port and underway demonstrations for the Board of Inspection and Survey; was delivered on 28 February 2018; and was commissioned on 26 May 2018, at Portsmouth, N.H., Cmdr. Emily Bassett in command.
Detailed history pending.
Mark L. Evans
29 May 2018