USS CHARLESTON is the ninth INDEPENDENCE - class Littoral Combat Ship and the sixth ship in the Navy named for the city in South Carolina.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: December 29, 2010|
|Keel laid: June 28, 2016|
|Launched: September 14, 2017|
|Commissioned: March 2, 2019|
|Builder: Austal USA, Mobile, Ala.|
|Propulsion system: two LM2500 gas turbine engines, two diesel engines, four waterjets|
|Length: 418 feet (127.5 meters)|
|Beam: 104 feet (31.5 meters)|
|Draft: 13 feet (4 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 3,104 tons full load|
|Speed: 47 knots|
|Armament: one Mk-110 57mm gun, one SeaRAM CIWS|
|Aircraft: two MH-60 helicopters|
|Homeport: San Diego, Calif.|
|Crew: 8 officers, 32 enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS CHARLESTON. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USS CHARLESTON Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning aboard USS CHARLESTON during an open ship event as part of Fleet Week San Francisco on October 9, 2019.
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning on October 11, 2019, and show the CHARLESTON underway in San Francisco Bay during the Parade of Ships during Fleet Week San Francisco.