Little Rock Arrives in Mayport

USS Little Rock (LCS 9) arrived at her homeport of Mayport for the first time April 12th. The crew lined the rails in their dress blues as the crowd of friends, families, and shipmates greeted the ship with flowers, signs and waving American flags. The ship made a memorable entrance, blasting the song “Back in Black” after mooring. The ship also played this song when pulling into Buffalo, New York, for commissioning, as a tribute to the ship’s namesake, USS Little Rock (CL-92), and to ring in their motto “Back…

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Buffalo… a Winning City

By Maurice L. Naylon III Chairman, USS Little Rock (LCS 9) Commissioning Committee Buffalo has just completed the hosting of a unique and historic event. On 16 December 2017, the USS Little Rock(LCS 9) was commissioned at Canalside. This marked the first time in the Navy’s 242-year history that a ship was commissioned beside her namesake ship. The 17 days that surrounded the event all worked to define Buffalo as a warm, gracious and welcoming port. It also helped to define Buffalo as a city that can stand tall while…

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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 are critical components of the Freedom-variant’s combined diesel and gas (CODAG) propulsion system. At 36 megawatts, the MT30 is the world’s most powerful in service marine gas turbine – enabling…

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History was Made with the Commissioning of the USS Little Rock LCS 9

More than 8,500 people attended the Commissioning of the USS Little Rock LCS 9 braving the cold and snow on Saturday, December 16, 2017. All in attendance from veterans to dignitaries to families of the crew and active duty military, were bundled up and eagerly waiting for the USS Little Rock to finally be commissioned into US Navy. The ceremony was the first time in the 242-year history of the Navy that a new ship was commissioned along side the decommissioned namesake. Punctuating the historic significance of the day was…

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U.S. Navy Commissions Fifth Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship

The U.S. Navy commissioned USS Little Rock (LCS 9) –– the nation’s fifth Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) –– on the Buffalo River on Dec. 16. This milestone officially places the ship, which was designed and built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Fincantieri Marinette Marine into active service. USS Little Rock completed its acceptance trials in August and was delivered to the U.S. Navy on Sept. 25. She joins four other Freedom-variant ships in the fleet: USS Freedom (LCS 1), USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), USS Milwaukee (LCS 5)…

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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. It is the second warship named for the Arkansas state capital and will be commissioned alongside the first USS Little Rock (CL 92), which serves as a museum at the…

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Commissioning of Future USS Little Rock (LCS 9) Set for 16 December 2017 at 1100 in Buffalo

The future USS Little Rock LCS 9, one of the newest US Navy littoral combat ships (LCS), will make her way to Buffalo for an official Commissioning Ceremony on Saturday, December 16, 2017. A ship commissioning is an event that marks the time when a new ship officially enters the US Navy fleet. LCS 9 and her crew are expected to arrive in Buffalo on Friday, December 8, 2017 for a week-long commissioning celebration. A schedule of events for Commissioning Week (December 8 – December 17) is being finalized and…

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US Navy Contract Announcements November 6, 2017

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Marietta, Georgia, is being awarded $260,000,000 for undefinitized contract modification P00008 under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N68335-16-C-0125).  This modification provides for the modernization and upgrade of four P-3B aircraft in support of structural mid-life upgrades, tailored phased depot maintenance, a country-specific designed mission integration and management system, and new avionics in support of the government of Greece.  The mid-life upgrade will provide a service life extension of 15,000 flight hours per aircraft.  Work will be performed in Marietta, Georgia (38 percent); Schimatari, Greece (25 percent); Argyroupoli,…

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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. It is the second warship named for the Arkansas state capital and will be commissioned alongside its namesake ship, which serves as a museum at the Buffalo and Erie County…

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Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Little Rock

The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Little Rock (LCS 9) during a ceremony at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) shipyard, Sept. 25. Little Rock is the 11th littoral combat ship (LCS) to be delivered to the Navy and the fifth 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 U.S. Navy. It is the final milestone prior to commissioning, which is planned for December in Buffalo, New York. “Today…

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Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine deliver future USS Little Rock to U.S. Navy

Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine delivered the future USS Little Rock (LCS 9) to the U.S. Navy on Sept. 25, two yearslat. The future USS Little Rock, the fifth Freedom-variant LCS built by Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine, is scheduled to be commissioned in Buffalo later this year. She will be the first U.S. Navy ship to be commissioned next to her decommissioned namesake. “We look forward to the day the future USS Little Rock joins the fleet. Her superb sea trials performance highlights the success of the production…

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Lockheed Martin-Led Team Successfully Completes Builder’s Trials for Littoral Combat Ship Little Rock (LCS 9)

The Lockheed Martin-led industry team successfully completed the future USS Little Rock’s (LCS 9) Builder’s Trials on Aug. 17. The ship’s sea trials were completed in Lake Michigan after a successful set of demonstrations which saw the fifth LCS 9 hit speeds over 40 knots. “The Freedom-variant LCS plays a critical role in the U.S. Navy’s fleet, and we are committed to getting Little Rock and her highly capable sister ships into combatant commanders’ hands as quickly as possible,” said Joe North, vice president of Littoral Ships and Systems. “These…

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