The USS KANSAS CITY (LCS-22) is an Independence-class littoral combat ship of the United States Navy. She is the second ship to be named for Kansas City, the largest city in the U.S. state of Missouri. The USS KANSAS CITY was built in Mobile, Alabama by Austal USA. The ship was christened on September 22nd, 2018 in Mobile, Alabama and she was launched October 19th, 2018 into the Mobile River.






  • Number of Austal-built Ships: 14
  • Program Value: $4.5 billion
  • Class & Type: Independence Variant Littoral Combat Ship
  • Displacement: 3,104 metric tons
  • Length: 418 feet
  • Beam: 104 feet
  • Draft: 14 feet
  • Speed: 40 knots (46mph)+ | 47 knots (54mph sprint)
  • Range: 4,300 nm at 20 knots (23mph)
  • Payload: 180 MT
  • Accommodations: 98

USS Kansas City (LCS-22)


About the Independence Class

Austal’s Independence variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), developed for the US Navy, is a high-speed, agile, multi-mission combatant that delivers superior seakeeping and performance. The Independence variant LCS is an open ocean capable vessel but is designed to defeat growing littoral threats and provide access and dominance in the coastal water battlespace.

A fast, maneuverable and networked surface combatant, the Independence variant LCS provides the warfighting capabilities and operational flexibility to accomplish multiple, critical missions including mine warfare, anti-submarine warfare and surface warfare with inherent capabilities that also support missions such as special operations and maritime interdiction.

Independence variant LCS delivers combat capability from core self-defense systems in concert with rapidly interchangeable, modular mission packages and an open architecture command and control system. The Independence variant’s aviation facilities and watercraft launch and recovery capability support focused mission packages are outfitted with both manned and unmanned air, surface, and sub-surface vehicles. A mission bay and three weapons modules provide support service interfaces between mission package weapons, sensors and vehicles and the seaframe.

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