USS Santa Barbara to Join Active Fleet on April 1

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USS Santa Barbara (LCS 32) [Photo: US Navy]
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The U.S. Navy will bring the USS Santa Barbara (LCS-32) into active fleet on April 1 of this year.

A commissioning ceremony is scheduled to take place at Naval Base Ventura County in Port Hueneme.

The USS Santa Barbara is an independence-class littoral combat ship (LCS) of the United States Navy. It is the 32nd ship of the type, and 16th of the class, which is inter-numbered with the Freedom-class littoral combat ships.

With 35 LCSs now active or planned, the type is the Navy's second largest number of surface warfare ships in production, next only to its guided missile destroyers.

Santa Barbara was built in Mobile, Alabama by Austal USA. Her keel was laid down on October 27, 2020, she was christened on October 16, 2021 and launched on November 13 2021. Following the completion of sea trials on June 3 2022, the ship was accepted by the Navy on July 21, 2022.

This is the third US Navy ship to be named for the city of Santa Barbara. The first was a freighter which had a brief history with the Navy, in 1918 and 1919.

The second was USS Santa Barbara (AE-28), an Kilauea-class ammunition ship that was commissioned in 1970. It traveled to Cuba, the Mediterrenean, and Pearl Harbor before retiring in 2006 and being sold for scrap in 2007.

USS Santa Barbara (LCS-32) [Photo: U.S. Navy]

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Harbor_Seal Feb 09, 2023 03:56 PM
USS Santa Barbara to Join Active Fleet on April 1

I think our city’s namesake would be better suited on a mine sweeper or a pollution control vessel than a warship.

Regardless, maybe our city’s 11-99 Club can arrange a visit?

EastBeach Feb 07, 2023 12:40 PM
USS Santa Barbara to Join Active Fleet on April 1

Littoral ships are designed for speed. You can see that goal reflected in the trimaran hull of Independence-class ships like the Santa Barbara. Here's a cool dry-dock photo:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independence-class_littoral_combat_ship#/media/File:Independence_(LCS_2)_in_drydock.jpg

Babycakes Feb 07, 2023 12:08 PM
USS Santa Barbara to Join Active Fleet on April 1

That is one BAD-Azz looking warship! Almost like a stealth fighter jet with all of those structural angles to cut down on the radar signature. Imagine that thing coming at you at over 50 MPH on the open ocean....YIKES! I would be proud to serve on a ship named after our city and chase down some bad guys who are itchin' to go to Davy Jones' locker (bottom of the sea).

Babycakes Feb 09, 2023 07:31 AM
USS Santa Barbara to Join Active Fleet on April 1

Quite the opposite of a killing machine pleasure boat (until necessary). I remember when the Village People came out with their hit song 'In The Navy', which is one of my favorite songs of all time. Their opening chorus describes what the US Navy is all about quite accurately:
"Where can you find pleasure
Search the world for treasure
Learn science technology
Where can you begin to make your dreams all come true
On the land or on the sea
Where can you learn to fly
Play in sports and skin dive
Study oceanography
Sign up for the big band
Or sit in the grandstand
When your team and others meet."

Something to ponder if youi're a senior in high school and not really prepared or willing to go on to further education....that would be to join the US Navy and maybe land a gig on the USS Santa Barbara. Much more educational, exciting, and valuable than taking Psych, Sociology, History, and so on at CC for some of us.

CoastWatch Feb 07, 2023 11:59 AM
USS Santa Barbara to Join Active Fleet on April 1

Those concerned about Russia in Ukraine trying to take back a portion of land where the locals identify and speak Russian...CLUE IN. CHINA is the Global threat to us all. They are the supplier of infectous diseases that have been utilized against the free world and hold all the power to so many of our daily resources- From PX drugs, Most of our car/truck maintenance parts and virtually anything used in our homes. The threat in the South China Sea and Taiwan is REAL and it's not going away. I'm sure the USS Santa Barbara will be deployed near Taiwan sooner than later.

sacjon Feb 07, 2023 12:10 PM
USS Santa Barbara to Join Active Fleet on April 1

COAST - it's ok (and very doable for adults) to be concerned about both Russia AND China. If you think Russia isn't a threat to global security and stability just because you don't oppose the invasion of Ukraine, I have a bridge to sell you.

Babycakes Feb 07, 2023 11:27 AM
USS Santa Barbara to Join Active Fleet on April 1

That is one BAD-Azz looking warship! Almost like a stealth fighter jet with all of those structural angles to cut down on the radar signature. Imagine that thing coming at you at over 50 MPH on the open ocean....YIKES! I would be proud to serve on a ship named after our city and chase down some bad guys who are itchin' to go to Davy Jones' locker (bottom of the sea).

a-1675801939 Feb 07, 2023 12:32 PM
USS Santa Barbara to Join Active Fleet on April 1

The LCS class ships are generally considered a failure, and the early ones are already being decommissioned after a short service life. Fast, but underarmed and subject to corrosion and propulsion system breakdowns. The whole idea of modular units for different missions that could be swapped in and out didn't pan out, and the envisioned small crew size to save money left them with too few sailors to perform proper maintenance.

The Austal ships are the better looking ones, at least.

sacjon Feb 07, 2023 09:28 AM
USS Santa Barbara to Join Active Fleet on April 1

I don't like the design. Back in my day, war ships looked like war ships and space ships looked like space ships. What is it with this new "future agenda?" Just more propagandization by you know who to push us into the future. Not for me. The futurist looks can walk right on by. I prefer the old things.

Voice of Reason Feb 07, 2023 09:41 AM
USS Santa Barbara to Join Active Fleet on April 1

Yeah, the design change is just more propaganda by 'you know who', and doesn't have anything to do with the flat surfaces reducing the ship's radar signature and trimaran hull maximizing the ship's speed and efficiency...... Who exactly is this 'who' you speak of that you believe has so much power they can incorporate their own propaganda driven aesthetic design into modern Navy combat ships that are literally 20 years in the making? You have severe case of TDS for that astounding thought to even cross your head.

Voice of Reason Feb 07, 2023 05:05 PM
USS Santa Barbara to Join Active Fleet on April 1

@ 4:14 which part is erroneous, the millions of dead civilians in foreign countries we've sent our military to, the coups instigated by our government, or the instillation of new governments in foreign countries?

Voice of Reason Feb 07, 2023 03:52 PM
USS Santa Barbara to Join Active Fleet on April 1

How's that democracy working out in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Ukraine, etc. - worth the millions of dead civilians? Our military should be preserving democracy for the United States not imposing our will, instigating coups, and installing hand picked governments in foreign countries.

a-1675811824 Feb 07, 2023 03:17 PM
USS Santa Barbara to Join Active Fleet on April 1

As unfortunate as it is that we have to spend our wealth on things like this, it's the expertise of our military industrial complex that is helping to preserve democracy around the world.

Too bad so many in our own country don't value our democracy, and instead opt for demagoguery, bigotry, and violence.

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