Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Indianapolis (LCS 17)

July 26, 2019 – The Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Indianapolis (LCS 17) during a ceremony at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin, on July 26. The future USS Indianapolis is the 9th Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS) designed and built by the Lockheed Martin-led industry team at Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette. Delivery marks the official transfer of the ship from the shipbuilder to the Navy. It is the final milestone prior to commissioning, which is planned for Oct. 26 in Burns Harbor, Indiana.…

Read More

Navy Announces Commissioning Date for the Future USS Indianapolis

July 16, 2019 – The U.S. Navy has approved the commissioning date for the future USS Indianapolis (LCS 17). The Navy will commission the littoral combat ship Oct. 26, 2019 in Burns Harbor, Indiana. The commissioning ceremony signifies the acceptance for service and the entrance of a ship into the active fleet of the U. S. Navy. Burns Harbor is on the shores of Lake Michigan in Northwest Indiana and is 160 miles north of Indianapolis. Mrs. Jill Donnelly, the wife of former Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly, is the ship’s…

Read More

Littoral Combat Ship 17 (Indianapolis) Completes Acceptance Trials

June 26, 2019 – Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) 17, the future USS Indianapolis, completed Acceptance Trials in Lake Michigan. This is the ship’s final significant milestone before the ship is delivered to the U.S. Navy. LCS 17 is the ninth Freedom-variant LCS designed and built by the Lockheed Martin-led industry team and is slated for delivery to the Navy this year. “LCS 17 is joining the second-largest class of ships in the U.S. Navy fleet, and we are proud to get the newest Littoral Combat Ship one step closer to…

Read More

Indianapolis Endures

January 9, 2019 – Survivors of USS Indianapolis (CA 35) met with the crew of the Freedom-class littoral combat ship USS Indianapolis (LCS 17) to screen a documentary, “USS Indianapolis: The Final Chapter”, at Naval Station Mayport, Jan. 7. The Vulcan’s Productions documentary shares the discovery of the once-lost, Portland-class heavy cruiser Indianapolis, or “Indy”, by Research Vessel Petrel, owned by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen. “This film is important for tying the crew to the Indianapolis because it gives them a sense of history,” said Commander Colin…

Read More

Researchers Announce Wreckage from USS Indianapolis Located

A team of civilian researchers led by entrepreneur and philanthropist Paul G. Allen has announced they have found the wreck of the World War II cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA 35), which was lost July 30, 1945. This is a significant discovery considering the depth of the water in which the ship was lost – more than 18,000 feet. Around 800 of the ship’s 1,196 Sailors and Marines survived the sinking, but after four to five days in the water – suffering exposure, dehydration, drowning, and shark attacks – only 316…

Read More