December 5, 2023
Officers of the USS Augusta on the commissioning ceremony. Navy picture

The Navy on Saturday commissioned the seventeenth trimaran-variant littoral fight ship certain for homeport at Naval Base San Diego.

The USS Augusta was commissioned at Eastport, Maine, close to the Canadian border, with Rep. Jared Golden wishing the crew truthful winds and following seas as they introduced the ship to life.

“This ship, born of American aluminum, is a testomony to the flexibility, resolve, and unwavering spirit which have outlined our nation from its very inception,” stated Cmdr. Christopher Polnaszek, USS Augusta’s commanding officer. “

“The USS Augusta stands as a residing embodiment of our shared dedication to safeguarding liberty, defending democracy, and preserving peace around the globe,” he stated.

The trimaran-hull, Independence variant of the littoral class constructed by Austal USA has confirmed profitable for the Navy in distinction to the trouble-plagued, monohull Freedom variants constructed by Marinette Marine and based mostly on the East Coast.

The warships are 418 ft in size, armed with weapons, missiles and helicopters, and may attain speeds of over 50 mph.