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USS Charleston (LCS 18)

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


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Crew List:

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.


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