The third U.S. Navy ship named for the city in California on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay.
(LCS-24: 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-22 on 29 December 2010; and Secretary of the Navy Raymond E. Mabus Jr., announced the name Oakland for her on 20 August 2015. The ship will be built at Mobile, Ala., by Austal USA.
“They don’t look like traditional Navy ships sometimes,” Secretary Mabus explained when he announced Oakland’s name on 20 August 2015, “and I think that’s one of the issues that traditionalists have, but if you look at the missions — if you look at what a frigate is supposed to be able to do — that’s what this ship does.”
Oakland will provide the required war fighting capabilities and operational flexibility to execute a variety of missions in areas such as mine warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and surface warfare. She will be built 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