USS MONTGOMERY LCS 8
The Montgomery (LCS 8) is the fourth ship in the Independence-class littoral combat ships and the second ship in the United States Navy named for Montgomery, the capital of Alabama. Construction began in June 2012, with the first cutting of aluminum at Austal USA's Modular Manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama. The keel was laid down on June 25, 2013.
August 6, 2014 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Montgomery was launched into the water from a floating dry-dock at BAE Systems Southeast Shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. LCS 8 exited the assembly bay 4 for the first time on Aug. 5 and was transported down river by two tugs, while sitting on a deck barge.
November 8, PCU Montgomery was christened during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony at Austal USA Shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. Mrs. Mary Blackshear Sessions, the wife of U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), served as sponsor of the ship. The prospective commanding officer of the LCS Crew 206 is Cmdr. Troy A. Fendrick and Cmdr. Daniel G. Straub is CO of the LCS Crew 208.
March 5, 2016 The Montgomery returned to Austal shipyard after a two-day underway for Builder's sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico; Underway again from April 18-21.
May 5, Austal USA, Mobile, Alabama, was awarded an $11,8 million cost-plus-award-fee order against the previously awarded basic ordering agreement N00024-15-G-2304 to provide engineering and management services for advance planning and design in support of the Montgomery's Post Shakedown Availability (PSA). Work is expected to be completed by July 2017.
May 6, LCS 8 moored at Austal USA Shipyard's Vessel Completion Yard, at the northern tip of Pinto Island, after a three-day underway for acceptance trials with the INSURV.
June 23, The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the PCU Montgomery during a ceremony aboard the ship at Austal USA Shipyard in Mobile, Ala.
September 8, The Montgomery (Crew 208) moored at Container Berth, Alabama State Docks Pier 2 in Port of Mobile.
September 10, USS Montgomery was commissioned during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony at Port of Mobile, Alabama.
September 12, The littoral combat ship departed Mobile, Ala., for the last time en route to its homeport of San Diego, Calif.
September 13, USS Montgomery experienced two unrelated engine casualties while transiting the Gulf of Mexico en route to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Moored at Alpha Wharf in Naval Station Mayport, Fla., for emergent repairs on Sept. 20.
October 4, The Montgomery suffered a cracked hull, above the water line, after it was hit by tug boat pulling it out of harm's way, while emergency sortied from Naval Station Mayport due to approaching Hurricane Matthew; Moored at Berth 5, Pier 9 on Naval Station Norfolk from Oct. 7-1?.