The U.S. Navy announced December 23 that the future littoral combat ships USS Detroit (LCS 7) and USS Montgomery (LCS 8) are scheduled to be homeported at Naval Base San Diego following their commissioning in summer 2016.
Detroit is a Freedom-class littoral combat ship being built at Marinette Marine Shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin. Montgomery is an Independence-class littoral combat ship under construction at Austal USA shipyards in Mobile, Alabama.
The Navy said that stationing the littoral combat ships in a West Coast port supported the rebalance to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, placing its capabilities and greater capacity in that vital theater.
According to the U.S. Navy, approximately 60 percent of Navy ships and aircraft will be based in the region by 2020.
LCS design characteristics feature shallow drafts, networked sensors, and various mission packages, enabling them to perform a variety of missions near shorelines and in the high seas.