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.
April 25, PCU Manchester (Crew 214) moored at Vessel Completion Yard after a one-day underway in the Gulf of Mexico; Departed Mobile, Ala., for the last time en route to Portsmouth, N.H., on May 5.
May 10, The Manchester moored at Quay Wall Dogleg Berth on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Va., for an eight-day port call; Underway off the coast of Virginia from May 18-19.
May 21, PCU Manchester moored at New Hampshire State Pier in Portsmouth for an eight-day port visit in preparation for its commissioning ceremony.
May 26, USS Manchester was commissioned during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony in Portsmouth, N.H.
May 31, LCS 14 moored at Berth 1, Delta Wharf on Naval Station Mayport, Fla., for a two-day port call; Moored at Pier A on Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to refuel from June 3-4; Anchored off Colon, Panama, for a brief stop on June 6; Moored at Pier 16 in Port of Cristobal from June 6-7; Transited the Panama Canal on June 7; Moored at Cruise Pier in Port of Manzanillo, Mexico, from June 14-16.
June 19, USS Manchester moored at Berth 6, Pier 1 in its homeport of Naval Base San Diego, Calif., for the first time; Moored at Navy Fuel Farm (NFF) on Naval Base Point Loma for a brief stop to refuel on July 2; Moored at Berth 5, Pier 3 after a brief underway on July 3; Moved to Berth 6, Pier 1 on July 30; Underway again on Aug. 6.
August 10, The littoral combat ship moored at Bravo Pier, Naval Air Station North Island for a brief stop to onload ammunition; Returned home on Friday afternoon; Underway again from Aug. 13-16 and Aug. 29; Moored at Bravo Pier for a brief stop on Aug. 29.
August 31, USS Manchester (Crew 214), commanded by Cmdr. Matthew D. Scarlett, moored at Berth 92, World Cruise Terminal in Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro, Calif., for a four-day visit to participate in annual L.A. Fleet Week celebration.
September 6, The Manchester moored at Bravo Pier, NAS North Island for a brief stop to onload ammo before moored at Berth 6, Pier 1; Underway again from Sept. 11-14 and Sept. 30.
October 2, USS Manchester moored at Pier 35 North in San Francisco, Calif., for a week-long port visit to participate in annual Fleet Week celebration; Brief underway for Parade of Ships on Oct. 5.
October 11, The Manchester moored at Berth 6, Pier 1 on Naval Base San Diego; Brief underway on Nov. 8; Day-long underway for Final Contract Trials (FCT) with the INSURV on Nov. 28.
February 27, 2019 USS Manchester (Crew 206), commanded by Cmdr. Aaron Anderson, moored at Berth 6, Pier 1 after a one-day underway in support of the "Leaders to Sea" program; Underway again on March 28.
March 31, The Manchester moored pierside at Vigor Shipyards in Seattle, Wash., for a four-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA); Entered the Dry Dock Vigilant on April ?; Departed Seattle on Oct. 23.
October 28, USS Manchester moored at North Mole Pier on Naval Base San Diego; Underway for sea trials from Dec. 10-1?; Underway again from Jan. 31- Feb. 2.
March 19, 2020 LCS 14 moved from North Mole Pier to Berth 6, Pier 6 on Naval Base San Diego; Underway again from March 30- April 1, April 27-29 and June 15-18.
July 7, The Manchester moored at Bravo Pier, Naval Air Station North Island for a brief stop to onload ammunition; Underway again from July 12-17.
August 25, Cmdr. Colin A. Corridan relieved Cmdr. Aaron Anderson as CO of the LCS Crew 206 during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the Manchester.
September 22, USS Manchester departed Berth 1, Pier 4 for routine training in the SOCAL Op. Area; Moored at Berth 6, Pier 4 on Sept. 23.
October 2, The Rotational LCS Crew 214 (Blue), commanded by Cmdr. Jedediah A. Kloppel, assumed command of the Manchester after completing a crew exchange with the USS Cincinnati (LCS 20).
October 28, The Manchester departed homeport for routine operations off the coast of southern California; Brief stop at Bravo Pier to onload ammo before moored at Berth 6, Pier 4 on Nov. 3; Underway again from Nov. 4-6.
January 22, 2021 The Rotational LCS Crew 206 (Gold) assumed command of the Manchester during a crew exchange ceremony on board the ship.
January 27, USS Manchester moored at Bravo Pier, NAS North Island for a brief stop to onload ammo before moored at Berth 2, Pier 5; Underway in support of the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) CSG's Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) exercise from Feb. 1-13; Moored at NFF for a brief stop on Feb. 15; Underway again from Feb. 17-28.
April 1, Capt. Spencer P. Austin relieved Capt. Henry S. Kim as Commander, Mine Division (MINEDIV) 12 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the Manchester.
April 9, Cmdr. Edison C. Rush, III relieved Cmdr. Jedediah A. Kloppel as CO of the Manchester (Blue) during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.
April 1?, The Manchester moved from Berth 2 to Berth 6, Pier 5 on Naval Base San Diego; Underway again from April 19-21 and April 27; Moored at Berth 2, Pier 5 on April 28.
April 29, The Rotational LCS Crew 206 (Gold), commanded by Cmdr. Robert C. Burke, assumed command of the Manchester during a crew exchange ceremony on board the ship.
May 21, USS Manchester moored at Berth 2, Pier 5 on Naval Base San Diego after a four-day underway in the SOCAL Op. Area; Underway again on May 24; Moored at Berth 1, Pier 5 on June 2; Moored at Bravo Pier for a brief stop to onload ammo before underway on June 4; Moored at NFF for a brief stop to refuel on June 9; Moored at Berth 6, Pier 4 on June 14.