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?.
October 29, LCS 8 sustained damage to its hull while transiting through the Gatun and Pedro Miguel locks of the Panama Canal. The Montgomery impacted the center lock wall and sustained an 18-inch-long crack between the port quarter and transom plates, 8-10 feet above the waterline.
October 30, USS Montgomery moored at Vasco Nunez de Balboa Naval Base, Panama, for a brief port call to refuel; Moored at Cruise Pier in Port of Manzanillo, Mexico, from Nov. 4-5.
November 8, USS Montgomery moored at Navy Fuel Farm (NFF) on Naval Base Point Loma in its homeport of San Diego, Calif., for a brief stop; Moored at Berth 5, Pier 5 in Naval Base San Diego on Tuesday afternoon.
November 16, Rotational LCS Crew 209 (Gold Crew), commanded by Cmdr. Mark B. Stefanik, assumed command of the Montgomery during a crew exchange ceremony on board the ship.
December 1, The Montgomery moored at Berth 1, Pier 5 on Naval Base San Diego after a three-day underway off the coast of southern California; Underway for routine training on Dec. 9; Moored at Berth 5, Pier 5 on Dec. 16; Underway again on Dec. 19; Moored at Navy Fuel Farm (NFF) for a brief stop before returned home on Dec. 21.
January 10, 2017 USS Montgomery departed Berth 5, Pier 6 to conduct routine training in the SOCAL Op. Area; Brief stop at Bravo Pier, NAS North Island for ammo onload on Jan. 12; Returned home on Jan. 13; Underway again from Jan. 17-20; Underway for Developmental Testing from Feb. 16- March 6; Underway for Final Contract Trials (FCT) with the INSURV from March 15-16.
March 20, LCS 8 (Crew 209) departed Naval Base San Diego for local operations; Moored at Navy Fuel Farm (NFF) for a brief stop to refuel on March 23; Moored at Berth 5, Pier 6 on March 24.
April 3, The Montgomery departed homeport for initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) with the MQ-8C Fire Scout; Brief stop at NFF before moored at Berth 6, Pier 1 on April 10; Moored at Bravo Pier for a brief stop to offload ammo on April 25.
April 28, Cmdr. Wayne P. Liebold relieved Cmdr. Daniel G. Straub as CO of the LCS Crew 208, during a change-of-command ceremony on board the USS Montgomery at Pier 1.
May 9, Rotational LCS Crew 208 (Blue Crew) assumed command of the Montgomery during a crew exchange ceremony on board the ship.
May 19, USS Montgomery entered the Pride of San Diego Dry Dock at BAE Systems shipyard for a Post Shakedown Availability (PSA); Undocked and moored pierside on Sept. 6; Moored at Berth 6, Pier 6 in Naval Base San Diego on Oct. ?.
October 19, Rotational LCS Crew 209 (Gold Crew) assumed command of the LCS 8 during a crew exchange ceremony on board the ship.