U.S. Navy Commissions Littoral Combat Ship 15 (Billings)

August 3, 2019 – The U.S. Navy commissioned USS Billings (LCS 15) – the nation’s eighth Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) – in Key West, Florida. This milestone places the ship, built by the Lockheed Martin-led team into active service. “Billings was designed to operate and adapt to a rapidly changing environment,” said Joe DePietro, vice president of Small Combatants and Ship Systems at Lockheed Martin. “She is equipped and ready for today’s threats and easily modifiable to meet the threats we may not even be aware of yet. Our…

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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…

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Future USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul Christened

June 15, 2019 – The Lockheed Martin-led shipbuilding team launched Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) 21, the future USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul into the Menominee River at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine Shipyard. Ship sponsor Jodi J. Greene, Deputy Under Secretary of the U.S. Navy for Policy, christened LCS 21 just prior to launch. “LCS is the second largest ship class in the U.S. Navy, and Lockheed Martin is proud to deliver capability and added force projection with each additional hull,” said Joe DePietro, Lockheed Martin vice president and general manager of Small…

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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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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 small surface combatant that plays a vital role in American maritime security. The ship provides the Navy the ability to rapidly counter small boats, submarines and conduct mine countermeasure operations…

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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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U.S. Government Awards Lockheed Martin Contract to Begin Production of Multi-Mission Surface Combatant for Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The U.S. government awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) an Undefinitized Contract Action (UCA) award for the production of the Multi-Mission Surface Combatant for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Lockheed Martin is being awarded a contract totaling $450 million to begin the detailed design and planning for construction of four Multi-Mission Surface Combatants (MMSC) that will be built at Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) will acquire four Multi-Mission Surface Combatants as part of a larger agreement between the United States and KSA to…

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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 American worker,” Secretary Spencer said during a shipyard tour. “We’re producing a ship that based on price is exceptional. We’re also going to increase the capabilities of these ships and…

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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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Navy Lays Keel on Future Littoral Combat Ship Minneapolis-Saint Paul (LCS 21)

The U.S. Navy held a keel laying and authentication ceremony for the future USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul (LCS 21) in Marinette, Feb. 22. The initials of the ship’s sponsor, Jodi Greene, were welded onto a keel plate that will be permanently affixed to the ship. While the keel laying has traditionally represented the formal start of a ship’s construction, advanced modular shipbuilding allows fabrication of the ship to begin months in advance. Today, the keel laying continues to symbolically recognize the joining of the ship’s components and the ceremonial beginning of…

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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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