The U.S. Navy’s seventh Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the future USS Wichita (LCS-13), completed Acceptance Trials in the waters of Lake Michigan.
Wichita designed and built by the Lockheed Martin-led industry team, and is slated for delivery to the U.S. Navy later this summer.
“LCS 13’s completion of Acceptance Trials means this ship is one step closer to joining the fleet and conducting critical maritime operations for the Navy,” said Joe DePietro, vice president, Small Combatants and Ship Systems at Lockheed Martin. “This ship is agile, powerful and lethal, and the industry team and I are looking forward to her delivery, commissioning and deployment.”
The trials, conducted July 9-12, included a full-power run, maneuverability testing and air detect-to-engage demonstrations of the ship’s combat system. Major systems and features were demonstrated including aviation support, and small boat launch handling and recovery.
“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.”
The future USS Wichita is one of eight ships in various stages of production and test at Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM), with one more in long-lead production.
The next Freedom-variant in the class is LCS 15, the future USS Billings. LCS 15 is scheduled to complete her sea trials this year after being launched on July 1 last year. Her sister ship, the future USS Indianapolis (LCS 17), was launched on April 18 this year.
Additional Freedom-variant littoral combat ships in the production phase include St. Louis (LCS 19), Minneapolis-Saint Paul (LCS 21) and Cooperstown (LCS 23), with Marinette (LCS 25) and Nantucket (LCS 27) in the pre-production phases.
Lockheed Martin’s Freedom-variant LCS is a highly maneuverable, lethal and adaptable ship, designed to support focused-missions in the areas of mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare and surface warfare. The Freedom-variant LCS integrates new technology and capability to affordably support current and future mission capability from deep water to the littorals.