The U.S. Navy’s ninth Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the future USS Indianapolis (LCS-17), completed acceptance trials in Lake Michigan.
This is the ship’s final significant milestone before the ship is delivered to the U.S. Navy, for which a ceremony is scheduled later this year. The vessel was launched during a ceremony at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin, on April 18 last 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 delivery,” said Joe DePietro, Lockheed Martin vice president and general manager, Small Combatants and Ship Systems. “This ship is lethal and flexible, and we are confident that she will capably serve critical U.S. Navy missions today and in future.”
The trials included a full-power run, maneuverability testing, and surface and air detect-to-engage demonstrations of the ship’s combat system. Major systems and features were demonstrated, including aviation support, small boat launch handling and recovery and machinery control and automation.
“I am extremely proud of our LCS team including our shipbuilders at Fincantieri Marinette Marine,” said Jan Allman, Fincantieri Marinette Marine president and CEO. “These are complex vessels, and it takes a strong team effort to design, build and test these American warships.”
Freedom-variant LCS is designed by the Lockheed Martin-led industry team and is build at Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin. Lockheed Martin is in full-rate production and has delivered eight ships to the U.S. Navy, and there are eight ships in various stages of production and test.