MARINETTE, Wis., the USA (BulgarianMilitary.com), 24 August 2018, Editor: Galina Zdravkova, Photo credit: Lockheed Martin/The future USS Wichita (LCS 13) launches sideways into the Menominee River after being christening by ship sponsor Kate Lehrer.
Yesterday Lockheed Martin announced that the U.S. Army has received the Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs) 11 (Sioux City) and 13 (Wichita). They were delivered by the company in partnership with Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM), learned BulgarianMilitary.com
LCS 11 will be the first combat ship ever commissioned at the Naval Academy. The ceremony on the commissioning of the LCS 11 will take place at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on 17th November, and of the LCS 13 – later this winter. The LCS 11 is the 6th and LCS 13 – the 7th Freedom-variant LCS. They both are designed and built by a team led by Lockheed Martin.
The VP of Lockheed Martin’s Small Combatants and Ship Systems Joe DePietro commented, “We look forward to the day the future USS Sioux City and USS Wichita join the fleet. LCS is a highly affordable, increasingly lethal and versatile ship. LCS is a growing component in the U.S. Navy surface force, designed to fulfil critical missions around the world now and in the future.”
LCS 11 and LCS 13 will be homeported at Naval Station Mayport, Florida, where the USS Milwaukee (LCS 5), USS Detroit (LCS 7), and USS Little Rock (LCS 9) are homeported as well.
“Fincantieri Marinette Marine’s shipbuilders are proud to deliver these proven warships, and we look forward to working with Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Navy to continue building these highly capable ships for the fleet,” said the FMM president and CEO Jan Allman.
Lockheed Martin’s Freedom-variant LCS is a highly manoeuvrable, lethal and adaptable vessel, developed to support surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare and mine countermeasures. The Freedom-variant LCS involves new technology and capability to affordably support current and future mission capability from deep water to the littorals.
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