By the edhat staff
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]