US Navy Bolsters its Fleet with the Arrival of USS Augusta (LCS 34): Exploring the Coastal Warship’s Advanced Features and Versatile Capabilities
The US Navy (US Navy) received the USS Augusta Coastal Warship (LCS 34) from the Austal USA shipyard on May 13, 2023. This is the second LCS (Littoral Combat Ship) delivered by Austal USA, following after the USS Marinette (LCS 25 ) in February.
LCS 25 is the Freedom class, while LCS 34 is the Independence class. Austal USA is still making two more Independence variant LCS Ships, namely USS Kingsville (LCS 36) and USS Pierre (LCS 38).
The name USS Augusta was first used as the name of a submarine, namely USS Augusta (SSN 710). This ship served for 24 years and was decommissioned on February 11, 2009. While the second USS Augusta is LCS 34. This is a type of Coastal Warship capable of moving fast and agile at speeds of more than 40 knots.
This ship can be operated in a nearshore environment as well as in the open sea. The company says the LCS has the capability to counter modern maritime threats, including swarming mines and small vessels.
USS Augusta (LCS 34) is a modern coastal warship currently in service with the United States Navy. LCS stands for Littoral Combat Ship, and these ships are designed for operations in shallow coastal waters.
The USS Augusta (LCS 34) is the 34th ship in the LCS class and was built by the shipbuilder Austal USA. The ship was commissioned into service in October 2021.
The ship is designed to be modular, with interchangeable mission packages that can be quickly swapped out depending on the ship’s operational requirements. The mission packages include systems for anti-submarine warfare, mine countermeasures, surface warfare, and special operations.
The USS Augusta (LCS 34) is armed with a 57mm gun, a rolling airframe missile launcher, and several machine guns. It is powered by a gas turbine engine and can reach speeds of up to 45 knots.
The ship’s crew complement is around 70 sailors and officers, and it has a range of over 4,000 nautical miles. The USS Augusta (LCS 34) is a highly capable and versatile ship that can perform a variety of missions, including reconnaissance, surveillance, and interdiction, making it an important asset to the U.S. Navy’s coastal defense capabilities.