USS SANTA BARBARA LCS 32
The Santa Barbara (LCS 32) is the 16th ship in the Independence-class littoral combat ships and the third ship in the U.S. Navy named in honor of the city of Santa Barbara, California.
October 27, 2020 The keel authentication ceremony for the future USS Santa Barbara was held at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama.
October 16, 2021 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Santa Barbara was christened during a 10.45 a.m. CST ceremony at Austal USA shipyard in Mobile. Mrs. Lolita Zinke, the wife of former U.S. Secretary of Interior Ryan K. Zinke, served as sponsor of the ship.
November 11, PCU Santa Barbara exited the assembly bay #4 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 Nov. 12.
January 18, 2022 The Santa Barbara moored at Vessel Completion Yard after underway for the first time to conduct Builder's (Alpha) trials; Underway again on May 11; Moored at Vessel Completion Yard, just after midnight, on May 13; Underway for acceptance trials from June 1-2.
July 21, U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the PCU Santa Barbara during a short ceremony aboard the ship.
December 1, PCU Santa Barbara moored at Vessel Completion Yard after a one-day underway in the Gulf of Mexico; Departed Mobile for the last time, en route to San Diego, on Dec. 12; Transited eastbound, off the coast of Key West, Fla., just before midnight on Dec. 13.
December 16, The Santa Barbara moored at Berth 5, Pier 14 on Naval Station Norfolk for a 10-day port call; Moored at Wharf F2 in Naval Station Mayport for a brief stop on Dec. 28; Transited the Yucatan Channel southbound on Dec. 30.
January 2, 2023 PCU Santa Barbara moored at Pier 2N on Vasco Nunez de Balboa Naval Base for a routine port call after transited the Panama Canal southbound; Moved to Pier 2S on Jan. 4; Departed Balboa on Jan. 6; Moored at Cruise Pier in Port of Manzanillo, Mexico, from Jan. 12-15.
January 18, PCU Santa Barbara moored at Berth 2, Pier 3 in its homeport of Naval Base San Diego for the first time.