USS MANCHESTER LCS 14
The Manchester (LCS 14) is the seventh ship in the Independence-class littoral combat ships and the second ship in the U.S. Navy named for the largest city in New Hampshire.
June 29, 2015 The keel authentication ceremony for the LCS 14 was held at the Austal USA Shipyard in Mobile, Ala.
May 7, 2016 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Manchester was christened during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony at Austal USA Shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. U.S. Senator Cynthia Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. Emily K. Bassett (LCS Crew 214) is the prospective commanding officer.
May 12, The Manchester exited the assembly bay #5 at Austal's facility for the first time and was transported down river, while sitting on a deck barge, to BAE Systems Southeast Shipyard's floating dry-dock; Launched on May 13.
March 24, 2017 LCS 14 moved to Austal USA Shipyard's Vessel Completion Yard, at the northern tip of Pinto Island; Underway for Builder's (Alpha) trials from June 15-17; Underway for Bravo trials from July 13-14; Underway again from Oct. 12-13 and Oct. 24-25.
November 8, The Manchester moved to Alabama State Docks (ASD) Pier 5 in Port of Mobile; Moved back to Vessel Completion Yard on Nov. 9; Underway for acceptance trials with the INSURV from Dec. 13-14.
February 28, 2018 U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Manchester during a short ceremony on board the ship.