Please join us on Wednesday, April 22nd as retired CMA Professor Al McLemore presents the Littoral Combat Ship USS Independence.
In 1999, Austal USA Shipyard delivered the Littoral Combat Ship USS Independence to the U.S. Navy. The ship incorporated many new concepts for the Navy, including all aluminum construction, trimaran hull, and significant crew size reduction through the use of automation. This presentation will give, from an operators viewpoint, some background of the Australian company Austal and the construction, launching, and operation of this class of vessel.
Speaker Name & Bio
Al McLemore / Retired Department Chair of the Engineering Technology Department @ CMA
Al McLemore graduated from the California Maritime Academy in 1971 and from there, went on active duty with the Navy for three years, then spent another 27 years in the Navy Reserve retiring with the rank of Captain. Upon leaving active duty, earned a B.S. degree from U.C. Davis in Mechanical Engineering. In 1977, he joined the faculty at CMA. During his 29 year career there, served as the Chief Engineer of the training ship and as Department Chair of the Engineering Technology Department. Upon retirement from CMA, he took the job of Relief Chief Engineer on the Hawaii Superferry, Alakai which was his introduction to aluminum high-speed vessels. This qualified him to become a Chief Engineer for the sea trials of the Austal Shipyard USA built Navy Littoral Combat Ships and the Expeditionary Fast Transports.