The future USS Independence (LCS 2) successfully completed acceptance trials this week, after completing a series of graded in-port and underway demonstrations for the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV).
Acceptance Trials are the first opportunity for INSURV to test the ship and its systems.
During two days underway, the ship completed demonstrations of the combat systems suite, steering, anchoring and propulsion. The ship achieved a top speed of almost 45 knots during the full power demonstration.
“Independence performed extremely well during trials,” said Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Program Manager Rear Adm. James Murdoch. “LCS 2 conducted two outstanding days at sea. We look forward to delivering this critical asset to the fleet.”
The ship was presented to INSURV with high levels of completion in production and test. The official results of the trials, including the type and number of trial cards, are currently being reviewed by the Navy.
Members of the LCS 2 pre-commissioning unit were on board Independence during trials to see how their future ship will perform.
“It’s going to change the way we do things, particularly in the surface force,” said Cmdr. Curt Renshaw, Independence Blue Crew commanding officer. “This ship allows us the flexibility to complement almost all the pillars of the Maritime Strategy.”
“This is a significant milestone for the surface warfare community and the Navy at large – the impact that Freedom and Independence will have on the fleet will be immediate. We are another step closer to having this important capability as part of the surface force, and I applaud the team effort – Sailor, civilian and contractor – that went into making this happen,” said Vice Adm. D.C. Curtis, commander, Naval Surface Forces.
Acceptance trials are the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship to the Navy. Ship delivery is expected to occur next month, with the ship’s commissioning Jan. 16 in Mobile, Ala.