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Manchester II (LCS-14)

2018–

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. 

II 

(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.

Senator Shaheen and some of her entourage during Manchester’s keel-laying at Mobile, Ala., 29 June 2015. (Austal USA photograph, donated to the Navy)
Senator Shaheen and some of her entourage during Manchester’s keel-laying at Mobile, Ala., 29 June 2015. (Austal USA photograph, donated to the Navy)

Manchester’s crewmembers line the brow during the ship’s commissioning ceremony at Portsmouth, N.H., 26 May 2018. (MC2 Jacob L. Allison, U.S. Navy Photograph 41650972274_cec1bc2216_b, Commander, Pacific Fleet)
Caption: Manchester’s crewmembers line the brow during the ship’s commissioning ceremony at Portsmouth, N.H., 26 May 2018. (MC2 Jacob L. Allison, U.S. Navy Photograph 41650972274_cec1bc2216_b, Commander, Pacific Fleet)

Detailed history pending. 

Mark L. Evans
29 May 2018

Published:Tue May 29 08:54:00 EDT 2018