Lock­heed Martin-led team lays keel for US’s 11th lit­toral com­bat ship

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The Lock­heed Martin-led in­dus­try team of­fi­cially laid the keel for the US Navy’s 11th lit­toral com­bat ship (LCS), the fu­ture USS Sioux City, in a cer­e­mony held at Marinette Ma­rine Cor­po­ra­tion.

The in­dus­try team is build­ing Free­dom class LCSs for the US Navy, and has de­liv­ered two ships with five oth­ers un­der con­struc­tion and one soon to be­gin con­struc­tion. The na­tion’s first LCS, USS Free­dom, com­pleted her de­ploy­ment to South­east Asia, dur­ing which she par­tic­i­pated in mul­ti­ple in­ter­na­tional mar­itime ex­er­cises, con­ducted pa­trols in the South China Sea and pro­vided dis­as­ter re­lief for Oper­a­tion Da­mayan.

As USS Free­dom proved, the ship class is ad­dress­ing the Navy’s need for an af­ford­able, highly-net­worked and mod­u­lar ship un­like any other in the world. The plat­form is de­signed and out­fit­ted with mis­sion sys­tems to con­duct a va­ri­ety of mis­sions in­clud­ing anti-sur­face, mine and sub­ma­rine war­fare. The next LCS to de­ploy will be the Free­dom class USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) in 2014.

“We are proud to pro­vide our sailors with a proven war­ship that al­lows them to carry out their mis­sions around the world,” said Dale P. Ben­nett, Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent of Lock­heed Martin’s Mis­sion Sys­tems and Train­ing busi­ness. “We are work­ing in part­ner­ship with the Navy as they build a fleet able to op­er­ate for­ward, stand ready for any chal­lenges, and serve our es­sen­tial war-fight­ing re­quire­ments.”

The Lock­heed Martin-led LCS team in­cludes ship­builder Marinette Ma­rine Cor­po­ra­tion, a Fin­cantieri com­pany, naval ar­chi­tect Gibbs & Cox, and nearly 900 sup­pli­ers in 43 states, in­clud­ing ap­prox­i­mately 30 small businesses in Wis­con­sin and Michi­gan. SP

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