USS MONTGOMERY
LCS 8
  
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The Montgomery (LCS 8) is the fourth ship in the Independence-class littoral combat ships and the second ship in the United States Navy named for Montgomery, the capital of Alabama. Construction began in June 2012, with the first cutting of aluminum at Austal USA's Modular Manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama. The keel was laid down on June 25, 2013.

August 6, 2014 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Montgomery was launched into the water from a floating dry-dock at BAE Systems Southeast Shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. LCS 8 exited the assembly bay 4 for the first time on Aug. 5 and was transported down river by two tugs, while sitting on a deck barge.

November 8, PCU Montgomery was christened during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony at Austal USA Shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. Mrs. Mary Blackshear Sessions, the wife of U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), served as sponsor of the ship. The prospective commanding officer of the LCS Crew 206 is Cmdr. Troy A. Fendrick and Cmdr. Daniel G. Straub is CO of the LCS Crew 208.

March 5, 2016 The Montgomery returned to Austal shipyard after a two-day underway for Builder's sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico; Underway again from April 18-21.

May 5, Austal USA, Mobile, Alabama, was awarded an $11,8 million cost-plus-award-fee order against the previously awarded basic ordering agreement N00024-15-G-2304 to provide engineering and management services for advance planning and design in support of the Montgomery's Post Shakedown Availability (PSA). Work is expected to be completed by July 2017.

May 6, LCS 8 moored at Austal USA Shipyard's Vessel Completion Yard, at the northern tip of Pinto Island, after a three-day underway for acceptance trials with the INSURV.

June 23, The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the PCU Montgomery during a ceremony aboard the ship at Austal USA Shipyard in Mobile, Ala.

September 8, The Montgomery (Crew 208) moored at Container Berth, Alabama State Docks Pier 2 in Port of Mobile.

September 10, USS Montgomery was commissioned during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony at Port of Mobile, Alabama.

September 12, The littoral combat ship departed Mobile, Ala., for the last time en route to its homeport of San Diego, Calif.

September 13, USS Montgomery experienced two unrelated engine casualties while transiting the Gulf of Mexico en route to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Moored at Alpha Wharf in Naval Station Mayport, Fla., for emergent repairs on Sept. 20.

October 4, The Montgomery suffered a cracked hull, above the water line, after it was hit by tug boat pulling it out of harm's way, while emergency sortied from Naval Station Mayport due to approaching Hurricane Matthew; Moored at Berth 5, Pier 9 on Naval Station Norfolk from Oct. 7-1?.

October 29, LCS 8 sustained damage to its hull while transiting through the Gatun and Pedro Miguel locks of the Panama Canal. The Montgomery impacted the center lock wall and sustained an 18-inch-long crack between the port quarter and transom plates, 8-10 feet above the waterline.

October 30, USS Montgomery moored at Vasco Nunez de Balboa Naval Base, Panama, for a brief port call to refuel; Moored at Cruise Pier in Port of Manzanillo, Mexico, from Nov. 4-5. 

November 8, USS Montgomery moored at Navy Fuel Farm (NFF) on Naval Base Point Loma in its homeport of San Diego, Calif., for a brief stop; Moored at Berth 5, Pier 5 in Naval Base San Diego on Tuesday afternoon.

November 16, The Rotational LCS Crew 209 (Gold), commanded by Cmdr. Mark B. Stefanik, assumed command of the Montgomery during a crew exchange ceremony on board the ship.

December 1, The Montgomery moored at Berth 1, Pier 5 on Naval Base San Diego after a three-day underway off the coast of southern California; Underway for routine training on Dec. 9; Moored at Berth 5, Pier 5 on Dec. 16; Underway again on Dec. 19; Moored at Navy Fuel Farm (NFF) for a brief stop before returned home on Dec. 21.

January 10, 2017 USS Montgomery departed Berth 5, Pier 6 to conduct routine training in the SOCAL Op. Area; Brief stop at Bravo Pier, NAS North Island for ammo onload on Jan. 12; Returned home on Jan. 13; Underway again from Jan. 17-20; Underway for Developmental Testing from Feb. 16- March 6; Underway for Final Contract Trials (FCT) with the INSURV from March 15-16.

March 20, LCS 8 (Crew 209) departed Naval Base San Diego for local operations; Moored at Navy Fuel Farm (NFF) for a brief stop to refuel on March 23; Moored at Berth 5, Pier 6 on March 24.

April 3, The Montgomery departed homeport for initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) with the MQ-8C Fire Scout; Brief stop at NFF before moored at Berth 6, Pier 1 on April 10; Moored at Bravo Pier for a brief stop to offload ammo on April 25.

April 28, Cmdr. Wayne P. Liebold relieved Cmdr. Daniel G. Straub as CO of the LCS Crew 208, during a change-of-command ceremony on board the USS Montgomery at Pier 1.

May 9, Rotational LCS Crew 208 (Blue) assumed command of the Montgomery during a crew exchange ceremony on board the ship.

May 19, USS Montgomery entered the Pride of San Diego Dry Dock at BAE Systems shipyard for a Post Shakedown Availability (PSA); Undocked and moored pierside on Sept. 6; Moored at Berth 6, Pier 6 in Naval Base San Diego on Oct. ?.

October 19, The Rotational LCS Crew 209 (Gold) assumed command of the LCS 8 during a crew exchange ceremony on board the ship.

March 28, 2018 Rotational LCS Crew 208 assumed command of the USS Montgomery during a crew exchange ceremony on board the ship.

June 12, The Independence-class littoral combat ship recently departed Naval Base San Diego for sea trials; Moored at Bravo Pier for a brief stop to onload ammo on June 14; Moored at Berth 6, Pier 5 on June 21; Moved to Berth 6, Pier 6 on June 2?.

July 2, USS Montgomery moored at Berth 6, Pier 6 on Naval Base San Diego after a six-day underway for Combat Systems Ship's Qualification Trials (CSSQT).

July 13, Cmdr. Edward A. Rosso relieved Cmdr. Wayne P. Liebold as commanding officer of the LCS Crew 208.

July 25, The Montgomery moved from Pier 6 to Berth 6, Pier 4 on Naval Base San Diego; Underway again from Aug. 14-1? and Nov. 14.

November 16, Cmdr. Matthew P. Richter relieved Cmdr. Kenny J. Landry as CO of the LCS 8 (Gold) during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship, while underway off the coast of San Diego.

November 19, USS Montgomery moored at Bravo Pier for a brief stop before moored at Berth 2, Pier 3 on Naval Base San Diego.

March 8, 2019 The Montgomery departed homeport for routine training off the coast of southern California; Moored at Bravo Pier for a brief stop to onload ammo before returned home on March 14.

March 29, The Rotational LCS Crew 208 (Blue) assumed command of the Montgomery during a crew exchange ceremony on board the ship.

April 9, USS Montgomery moored at Berth 2, Pier 3 on Naval Base San Diego after a six-day underway in the SOCAL Op. Area; Underway for Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) exercise on April 19.

April 24, The Montgomery moored at Wharf 311 on Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif., for a one-day ammo onload; Returned home on April 26.

May 31, USS Montgomery (Blue), with an embarked Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 Detachment, departed San Diego for its maiden Indo-Pacific deployment.

June 7, The Montgomery moored at Pier M2 on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, for a three-day port visit; Moored at Berth 3, Sierra Wharf in Apra Harbor, Guam, from June 24-25; Moored at Sasa Wharf in Davao City, Republic of the Philippines, from June 29- July 2.

July 6, USS Montgomery moored at Berth 7 on RSS Singapura, its forward-deployed base of operations, for the first time; Underway on July 29.

July 31, The Montgomery moored at Jamrud Utara Pier in Port of Tanjung Perak, Surabaya, Indonesia, to participate in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise; Underway for at-sea phase on Aug. 4; Moored at Jamrud Utara Pier again from Aug. 6-8; Transited the Strait of Singapore westbound on Aug. 12.

August 13, USS Montgomery moored at Lumut Naval Base, Malaysia, for a scheduled port visit to participate in Maritime Training Activity (MTA); Underway for at-sea phase on Aug. 16; Transited the Malacca Strait southbound on Aug. 17; Moored at Berth 7, RSS Singapura on Aug. 18; Underway again on Aug. 27.

September 1, LCS 8 recently moored at Berth 4, Chuk Samet Port in Sattahip, Thailand, to participate in ASEAN-U.S. maritime exercise; Underway for at-sea phase on Sept. 3; Moored at Berth 7, RSS Singapura on Sept. 8.

September 20, The Rotational LCS Crew 209 (Gold) assumed command of the Montgomery during a crew exchange ceremony on board the ship.

September 23, The Montgomery moored at Berth 6, RSS Singapura after a one-day underway in the South China Sea; Underway again from Sept. 25- Oct. 3 and Oct. 9.

October 13, USS Montgomery moored at Port of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Republic of the Philippines, for a scheduled visit to participate in a Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Sama-Sama.

October 29, USS Montgomery participated in a photo exercise (PHOTOEX) with the USNS Millinocket (EPF 3), KDB Darulaman (OPV 08) and KDB Syafaat (FPB 19), as part of CARAT Brunei; Moored at Conventional Terminal in Port of Muara from Oct. 30- Nov. 1; Moored at Berth 8, RSS Singapura on Nov. 15; Moved to Berth 5 on Dec. 7.

January 10, 2020 The Montgomery departed Singapore for a routine patrol in the South China Sea; Conducted a replenishment-at-sea with the USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3) on Jan. 14 and 20th.

January 25, USS Montgomery conducted a "freedom of navigation operation" near Spratly Islands; Conducted a replenishment-at-sea with the USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4) on Jan. 27; Moored at Berth 5, RSS Singapura on Jan. 29; Moved to Berth 7 on Feb. ?.

February 2?, The Rotational LCS Crew 208 (Blue) assumed command of the Montgomery during a crew exchange ceremony on board the ship.

March 9, USS Montgomery moored at Berth 7 on RSS Singapura after a two-day underway in the South China Sea; Underway again from April 9-11 and May 5.

May 12, The Montgomery conducted a replenishment-at-sea with the USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE 14), while underway in the Philippine Sea; Arrived in the SOCAL Op. Area on June 9.

June 10, USS Montgomery moored at Berth 1, Pier 5 on Naval Base San Diego following a 12-month deployment.

June 29, Cmdr. Austin W. Duff relieved Cmdr. Edward A. Rosso as CO of the Montgomery (Blue) during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.

July 29, The Montgomery moored at Berth 1, Pier 5 after a brief underway off the coast of San Diego; Moored at Bravo Pier, NAS North Island for a brief stop before underway again on Aug. 12; Returned home on Aug. 13; Moored at Bravo Pier for a brief stop to offload ammo on Aug. 20.

September 30, USS Montgomery (Gold), commanded by Cmdr. Wayne S. Gehman, entered the floating dry-dock at NASSCO shipyard for a Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA).

January 19, 2021 The Rotational LCS Crew 208 assumed command of the LCS 8 during a crew exchange ceremony in dry-dock.

March 17, USS Montgomery undocked on early Wednesday and moored pierside on NASSCO shipyard.

June 11, The Rotational LCS Crew 209 (Gold) assumed command of the Montgomery during a crew exchange ceremony on board the ship.

August 25, Cmdr. Joseph Bubulka relieved Cmdr. Austin W. Duff as CO of the Montgomery (Blue) during a change-of-command ceremony at Bainbridge Park on Naval Base San Diego.

September 22, USS Montgomery moved from NASSCO shipyard to Navy Fuel Farm (NFF) on Naval Base Point Loma for a brief stop to refuel; Moved "dead-stick" to Berth 6, Pier 4 in Naval Base San Diego on Wednesday afternoon; Underway for sea trials on Oct. 29; Moored at Bravo Pier for a brief stop to onload ammo before returned home on Nov. 1.

November 30, Cmdr. Michael G. Tyree relieved Cmdr. Wayne S. Gehman as CO of the Montgomery (Gold) during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.

December 9, USS Montgomery moored at Berth 5, Pier 5 on Naval Base San Diego after a one-day underway for sea trials.

December 30, Capt. Marc D. Crawford, Commander, Surface Division 11 relieved od duty Cmdr. Richard J. Zamberlan due to a "loss of confidence in his ability to command." Cmdr. Dustin T. Lonero, CO of the USS Coronado (LCS 4) assumed temporary command of the USS Montgomery (Crew 224 - Blue).

January 26, 2022 USS Montgomery moored at NFF for a brief stop to refuel before underway off the coast of southern California; Brief stop at NFF again on Feb. 2; Returned home on Feb. 4.

February 18, The Montgomery moored at Berth 6, Pier 5 on Naval Base San Diego after a one-day underway in the SOCAL Op. Area; Underway for operational integration training with the MQ-8C Fire Scout on April 1?; Moored at NFF for a brief stop to refuel on April 18; Moored at Berth 6, Pier 4 on April 21; Moored at Bravo Pier for a brief stop to onload ammo before underway on May 3; Returned home on May 6; Underway again on May 11.

May 12, The Montgomery fired three AGM-114L Longbow Hellfire missiles at a land-based target, from the Surface-To-Surface Missile Module (SSMM), during a proof of concept exercise at the Point Mugu Test Range.

May 13, USS Montgomery moored at Berth 6, Pier 4 on Naval Base San Diego; Underway again from May 31- June 8 and Aug. 22; Moored at Berth 2, Pier 5 on Sept. 2.

September 27, The Montgomery suffered an engineering casualty while transiting the North San Diego Bay, shortly after underway at 0900 PST; Moored at Berth 2, Pier 5 around 1145 PST; Underway again from Sept. 28-29; Moored at NFF for a brief stop to refuel before underway on Oct. 11.

October 14, Cmdr. Edison C. Rush, III relieved Capt. Dustin T. Lonero as CO of the LCS 8 (Blue) during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship, while underway off the coast of southern California.

October 19, The Montgomery made a brief stop at Bravo Pier, NAS North Island before moored at Berth 2, Pier 5 on Naval Base San Diego; Underway again from Oct. 21-28; Moved to Berth 1, Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego, in support of Fleet Week, on Nov. 2; Moved back to Berth 2, Pier 5 on Nov. 7.

December 6, USS Montgomery moored at Navy Fuel Farm (NFF) for a brief stop to refuel before underway in support of the NASA's Artemis I Orion spacecraft recovery, off the coast of central Baja California; Moored at Quay Wall 3 on Dec. 12; Moved to Berth 2, Pier 5 on Jan. 17.

January 31, 2023 USS Montgomery moored at Berth 2, Pier 5 on Naval Base San Diego after an eight-day underway in the SOCAL Op. Area; Underway again on Feb. 1; Moored at Berth 5, Pier 5 on Feb. 2; Underway again from March 2-7; Underway in support of the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) CSG's SWATT exercise on March 17; Moored at NFF for a brief stop to refuel on March 26.

March 28, The Montgomery moored at Berth 5, Pier 5 on Naval Base San Diego for emergent repairs; Underway again on April 5; Moored at Quay Wall 3 on April 10; Moved to Berth 6, Pier 5 on April 21; Underway again on June 14; Moored at NFF for a brief stop to refuel on June 25; Moored at Bravo Pier for a brief stop to onload ammo on June 26.

June 30, USS Montgomery moored at Berth 5, Pier 13 on Naval Base San Diego; Underway again on July 10; Moored at Berth 6, Pier 1 on July 18; Underway again from Dec. 4-8.

January 26, 2024 USS Montgomery departed homeport for routine training off the coast of southern California; Moored at Bravo Pier for a brief stop to onload ammo on Jan. 29; Moored at Berth 2, Pier 5 on Jan. 31.