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 on Aug. 13.