USS Montgomery Launches in Mobile

USS Montgomery Launches in Mobile

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Sister ship USS Independence (Source: Wikipedia) Sister ship USS Independence (Source: Wikipedia)

 MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - The second in a new line of U.S. warships has been launched from a Mobile shipyard.

Austal USA this week floated out the future USS Montgomery from its shipyard on a barge.  The ship becomes the fourth Independence variant of the LCS to be built for the U.S. Navy.

The vessel next heads to BAE Systems' Southeast Shipyard where it will be dry docked and lowered into the water.

The Navy committed $3.5 million in 2010 for a large purchase of another 10 ships with Austal. General Dynamics is responsible for the design and testing the ship's navigation system.

The launch comes about two weeks after the USNS Fall River, a joint high-speed vessel Austal is also building for the Navy, completed its acceptance trials.

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