The fifth U.S. Navy ship named for Mobile, Ala., a city with a historic legacy of building ships for the Navy.
(LCS-26: 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)
On 31 March 2016, the Navy awarded Austal USA the contract to build LCS-26 at its Mobile, Ala., facility; and Secretary of the Navy Raymond E. Mabus Jr. announced the selection of the name Mobile for LCS-26 during a ceremony at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., on 22 September 2016.
Mobile will be a fast and agile littoral combat ship that provides the required war fighting capabilities and operational flexibility to execute a variety of missions in areas such as mine warfare, antisubmarine warfare, and surface warfare. Austal will build the warship with modular design incorporating mission packages that can be changed out quickly as combat needs change in a region. These mission packages are supported by detachments that deploy both manned and unmanned vehicles, and sensors, in support of mine, undersea, and surface warfare missions.
Detailed history pending.
Mark L. Evans
5 February 2018