Lockheed Martin-led Team Begins Construction on Navy’s Newest Multi-Mission Warship, Littoral Combat Ship 25

March 27, 2019 – In a ceremony that formally marks the beginning of a ship’s construction, Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine laid the keel on Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) 25, the future USS Marinette. During the ceremony, the ship’s sponsor Jennifer Granholm, former governor of Michigan, had her initials welded into the ship’s keel plate. Unique among combat ships, LCS is designed to serve a variety of missions today, and is easily adapted to serve future and evolving missions tomorrow. It is flexible— with 40 percent of the hull easily…

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AN/AQS-20C Sonar System Completes Developmental Testing

February 26, 2019 – The Navy announced completion of developmental testing for the AN/AQS-20C mine-hunting sonar system at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division, Feb. 26. The AQS-20C is the next generation of the AN/AQS-20 system designed to be incorporated into the Littoral Combat Ship Mine Countermeasures Mission Package. The system consists of four sonar arrays: two side-looking arrays; a gap-filler sonar array; and a forward-looking sonar array providing simultaneous detection, localization and classification of bottom mines, close-tethered moored mines and volume-moored mines. The system delivers high-definition images of…

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Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Billings (LCS 15)

February 4, 2019 – The Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Billings (LCS 15) during a ceremony at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM), shipyard, Marinette, Wisconsin, Feb. 1. The future USS Billings is the 17th littoral combat ship (LCS) to be delivered to the Navy and the eighth of the Freedom variant to join the fleet. Delivery marks the official transfer of the ship from the shipbuilder, part of a Lockheed Martin-led team, to the Navy. It is the final milestone prior to commissioning, which is planned for later…

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Second to Last Independence Class LCS Named USS Kingsville

February 4, 2019 – Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced that the next Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship will be named USS Kingsville (LCS 36). The future USS Kingsville (LCS 36) is named in honor of the city of Kingsville, Texas, and is the first ship to bear the name. Kingsville will be the penultimate Independence Class as the US Navy transitions to frigates. “I am pleased to name a future Independence-variant LCS USS Kingsville,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “The citizens of Kingsville have been…

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Secretary of the Navy Names Future Littoral Combat Ship

October 8, 2018 – Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer named a future Littoral Combat Ship, USS Cleveland today. The future USS Cleveland, will be named in honor of Cleveland, Ohio and the citizens of Cleveland for their service and longstanding support of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps team. This is the fourth ship to bear the name Cleveland. “The city of Cleveland has been steadfast partner to the Navy and Marine Corps team and it is fitting to name a future Littoral Combat Ship after the city…

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Navy Awards Contracts for Three Littoral Combat Ships

September 18, 2018 – The Navy awarded modifications to previously awarded littoral combat ship (LCS) contracts for one Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 LCS to Lockheed Martin and two FY 2018 LCSs to Austal USA, Sept. 18. “These contract awards represent an important next step in delivering critical warfighting capability to the fleet,” said Capt. Mike Taylor, LCS program manager (PMS 501). The three LCSs being awarded today are the future LCS-29, LCS-32 and LCS-34. LCS-29 will be built at Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin. LCS-32 and LCS-34 will be…

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Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Sioux City and USS Wichita

The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of two Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs), the future USS Sioux City (LCS 11) and USS Wichita (LCS 13), during a ceremony at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard on August 22. Sioux City and Wichita, respectively, are the 14th and 15th Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs) to be delivered to the Navy and the sixth and seventh of the Freedom variant to join the fleet. These deliveries mark the official transfer of the ships from the shipbuilder, part of a Lockheed Martin-led team, to the U.S. Navy.…

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Austal Receives Additional LCS Work

August 6, 2018 – AUSTAL today announced the United States Department of Defence has awarded Austal USA US$14,843,400 for a cost-plus-award fee against a previously awarded Basic Ordering Agreement. The order provides engineering and management services in support of work specification development, prefabrication effort and material procurement for the post-shakedown availability for the Independence Class Littoral Combat Ship, USS Tulsa (LCS 16). Austal will provide program management, advanced planning, engineering, design, prefabrication and material kitting. The work will be conducted by Austal USA across the Mobile, Alabama and San Diego,…

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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. Jill Donnelly, wife of U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana, will serve as the ship’s sponsor. In a time-honored Navy tradition, she will christen the ship by breaking a bottle…

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Secretary of the Navy Names Two Littoral Combat Ships

On February 13th, Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced the next Freedom and Independence variant Littoral Combat Ships will be named USS Nantucket (LCS 27) and USS Savannah (LCS 28). The future USS Nantucket (LCS 27), a Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship, will be the third commissioned U.S. Navy ship to honor the maritime history of Nantucket. The future USS Savannah (LCS 28), an Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship, is the sixth ship to bear the name of the oldest city in Georgia. Nantucket will be built by Fincantieri Marinette…

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