Lockheed Martin-led Team Begins Construction on the future USS Nantucket

October 9, 2019 – Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine marked the beginning of construction on Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) 27, the future USS Nantucket, with a ceremony in Marinette. As part of a ship-building tradition dating back centuries, a shipyard worker welded the initials of Polly Spencer, USS Nantucket ship sponsor and wife of U.S. Secretary of the Navy…

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Navy to Christen Littoral Combat Ship Minneapolis-Saint Paul

June 12, 2019 – The Navy will christen its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul (LCS 21), during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony Saturday, June 15, in Marinette, Wisconsin. U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum of Minnesota will deliver the christening ceremony’s principal address. Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy Ms. Jodi Greene will serve as the…

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Lockheed Martin And Fincantieri Marinette Marine Awarded Contract To Build Littoral Combat Ship 31

January 31, 2019 – The U.S. Navy awarded the Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) team a fixed-price-incentive-fee contract to build an additional Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). LCS 31 will be built in Marinette, Wisconsin, at FMM, the Midwest’s only naval shipyard, and is the 16th Freedom-variant LCS ordered by the Navy to date. The team will leverage capital…

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LCS 31 Ordered

January 15, 2019 – On January 15, the U.S. Navy exercised a contract option with Lockheed Martin Corporation to purchase one Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), completing the acquisition strategy for fiscal year 2019 as authorized and appropriated by Congress. The ship is designated “LCS 31” and will be built at Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin. The LCS is a…

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Navy to Christen Littoral Combat Ship St. Louis

December 13, 2018 – The Navy will christen its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, USS St. Louis (LCS 19), during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony Saturday, Dec. 15, in Marinette, Wisconsin. The future USS St. Louis, designated LCS 19, honors Missouri’s major port city along the Mississippi River. She will be the seventh ship to bear the name St. Louis.…

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Future USS Sioux City to arrive in Annapolis for Commissioning

November 5, 2018 – The future USS Sioux City (LCS 11) will arrive in Annapolis, Maryland, Nov. 11 in advance of the ship’s commissioning ceremony. The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the first ship named after the fourth-largest city in Iowa, Sioux City, will be commissioned at the U.S. Naval Academy Nov. 17. The ship’s sponsor is Mary Winnefeld, the…

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Secretary of the Navy Names Newest Freedom Variant Littoral Combat Ship

October 9, 2018 – Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced today that the next Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship will be named USS Beloit (LCS 29). The future USS Beloit (LCS 29) is named in honor of Beloit, Wis. and is the first ship to bear the name. “The city and citizens of Beloit have been a steadfast supporter…

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Future USS Charleston (LCS 18) Completes Accpetance Trials

Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Charleston (LCS 18) successfully completed acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico, July 19, after a series of in-port and underway demonstrations for the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey. Acceptance trials are the last significant milestone before the ship is delivered to the Navy. During trials, the Navy conducted comprehensive tests of the future USS…

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Secretary Spencer Visits Marinette Shipyard, Home to Freedom-Variant Littoral Combat Ship

Secretary of the Navy Richard V Spencer, visited the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard June 28th, the home of Freedom-Variant Littoral Combat Ship production. The Lockheed Martin-led Team Freedom has delivered five ships to the U.S. Navy to date, with two more scheduled for delivery this year. “It is truly great to see what is being produced up here with the…

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Navy to Christen Littoral Combat Ship Indianapolis

The Navy will christen its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, USS Indianapolis (LCS 17), during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony Saturday, April 14, in Marinette, Wisconsin. The future USS Indianapolis, designated LCS-17, honors Indianapolis, Indiana’s state capital. She will be the fourth ship to bear the name. The principal speaker will be former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana. Mrs.…

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Lockheed Martin Receives Freedom-variant FFG(X) Conceptual Design Contract

The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a $15 million contract to mature its Freedom-variant Frigate design as a part of the Navy’s FFG(X) competition. Lockheed Martin submitted its Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) parent design in response to the U.S. Navy’s FFG(X) conceptual design solicitation with Fincantieri Marinette Marine as its shipbuilder and Gibbs & Cox as its naval architect. “We are…

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Rolls-Royce Honored as Team Freedom LCS Supplier of the Year

Recognized for their track record of exceptional performance and commitment to affordability, Rolls-Royce was named as the 2017 Team Freedom [NYSE: LMT] Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Supplier of the Year at the 30th annual Surface Navy Association National Symposium on Jan. 9. A long-term Freedom-variant supplier, Rolls-Royce supplies MT30 gas turbines and Mk1 waterjets for the Freedom-variant LCS. Both systems…

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Navy to Commission Littoral Combat Ship Little Rock

The Navy will commission its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Little Rock (LCS 9), during an 11 a.m. EST ceremony Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Canalside waterfront in Buffalo, New York. The future USS Little Rock, designated LCS 9, is the 10th littoral combat ship to enter the fleet and the fifth of the Freedom-variant design.…

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Future USS Little Rock to be Commissioned in Buffalo

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced October 18 the newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, PCU Little Rock (LCS 9), will be commissioned during a ceremony Saturday, December 16 at Canalside Buffalo. The future LCS 9, commanded by Cmdr. Todd Peters, is the tenth littoral combat ship to enter the fleet and the fifth of the Freedom variant design.…

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Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine Awarded Contract to Build LCS 27

The U.S. Navy awarded the Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine team a contract to build an additional LCS. The contract value is under the 2017 congressional cost cap of $584 million per ship. LCS 27 will be built at Fincantieri Marinette Marine, the Midwest’s only naval shipyard, and is the 14th Freedom-variant LCS ordered by the U.S. Navy to…

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