Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training is awarded an order, worth around $16 million, to provide engineering and management services in support of the Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) of the U.S. Navy’s recently delivered Freedom-class littoral combat ship, the future USS Wichita (LCS-13).
The cost-plus-award-fee order was awarded, against a previously awarded basic ordering agreement, by the Navy’s Office of Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion & Repair located in Bath, Maine (SUPSHIP Bath).
According to the order awarded, Lockheed Martin will provide engineering and management services in support of 65,000 man-hours level of effort, and to provide the work specification, pre-fabrication, and material. Work will be performed in Baltimore, Maryland (33 percent); New York, New York (60 percent); and Marinette, Wisconsin (7 percent), and is expected to be completed by February 2020.
Future USS Wichita will be the third ship named after Wichita, the largest city in Kansas.
The ceremonial “laying of the keel” of the vessel was conducted on 9 February 2015, at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin.
Sponsored by Kate Lehrer, wife of Wichita native Jim Lehrer, the ship was christened and launched on 17 September 2016. The ship was acquired by the U.S. Navy from Lockheed Martin and the Marinette Marine shipyard on 22 August 2018 along with USS Sioux City in a double delivery.
LCS 13 is the seventh Freedom-variant LCS designed and built by the Lockheed Martin-led industry team, and will be commissioned this winter. She will be homeported at Naval Station Mayport, Florida, alongside USS Milwaukee (LCS 5), USS Detroit (LCS 7) and USS Little Rock (LCS 9) and USS Sioux City (LCS 11). She is assigned to Littoral Combat Ship Squadron TWO.