USS CHARLESTON
LCS 18
  
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The Charleston (LCS 18) is the ninth ship in the Independence-class littoral combat ships and the sixth ship in the U.S. Navy named in honor of the city of Charleston, South Carolina.

June 28, 2016 The keel authentication ceremony for the LCS 18 was held at the Austal USA Shipyard in Mobile, Ala.

August 26, 2017 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Charleston was christened during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony at Austal USA Shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. Mrs. Charlotte Riley, the wife of former Mayor of Charleston Joe Riley, served as sponsor of the ship.

September 13, PCU Charleston 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 Sept. 14.