USS Montgomery arrives in San Diego Nov. 8, 2016 after sustaining damage Oct. 29 while transiting the Panama Canal. According to the U.S. Naval institute, 3rd Fleet spokesman, Cmdr. Ryan Perry said, "The crack is located 8-10 feet above the waterline and poses no water intrusion or stability risk."
USS Montgomery (LCS 8) arrives in San Diego after damage plagued voyage
SAN DIEGO - The littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8) is scheduled to arrive at its new homeport of San Diego November 8, completing the ship's maiden voyage to her homeport.
Following construction and acceptance trials at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala., Montgomery set sail in September for Mayport, Fla., conducting equipment checks, system tests, and crew certification training along the way.
Upon departing Mayport, the ship continued testing and training and made port visits to Norfolk, Va.; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Panama City, Panama, and Manzanillo, Mexico before its arrival to San Diego.
"I couldn't be more proud of my crew as they've conquered every obstacle in their way and thrived," said Cmdr. Daniel Straub, Montgomery's commanding officer. "From day one when we departed Mobile, the crew has performed superbly and sailed Montgomery with the expertise, cohesiveness, and precision of an experienced crew. They've proven that they can accomplish anything."
Montgomery is the fourth littoral combat ship of the Independence variant which features an innovative, trimaran hull. The unique hull design offers unparalleled stability for marine and aviation operations in severe sea states.
"The commissioning of any ship is a special experience for every Sailor. It builds a bond, a unique relationship between the ship and Sailor," said Master Chief Petty Officer Michelle-Ann Hastings, command senior enlisted leader. "These sailors are proudly bringing home their ship, and I could not be more proud of them and our ship."
LCS vessels were designed to be high-speed, shallow draft multi-mission ships capable of operating independently or with an associated strike group. They are designed to defeat growing littoral threats and provide access and dominance in coastal waters.
A fast, maneuverable, and networked surface combatant, LCS provides the required warfighting capabilities and operational flexibility to execute focused missions such as surface warfare, mine warfare and anti-submarine warfare.
For more information on USS Montgomery visit: http://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/lcs8/Pages/default.aspx
Problems according the the U.S. Naval Institute:
""Under control of the local Panama Canal Pilot, the ship impacted the center lock wall and sustained an 18-inch-long crack between her port quarter and transom plates," 3rd Fleet spokesman, Cmdr. Ryan Perry, was quoted as saying. "The crack is located 8-10 feet above the waterline and poses no water intrusion or stability risk."
The Montgomery has since gone through the canal and is steaming to San Diego.
It has been a rough few months since the Montgomery was commissioned in September.
The ship sustained two engineering casualties that month during its first Panama Canal transit involving a seawater leak and gas turbine engine issues.
In August, the sea service ordered an engineering stand down for all LCS after the first of the ships, the USS Freedom, sustained a casualty to a main propulsion engine due to a seawater leak.
Also in August, the USS Coronado LCS experienced a casualty to one of its flexible couplings assemblies.
The service announced an overhaul of the troubled, costly LCS program in September that was to include a comprehensive review of maintenance, operations, crewing and training."
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