Lockheed Martin delivers combat ship to U.S. Navy

The Lockheed Martin-led industry team has delivered the nation’s seventh Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the future USS Detroit, to the U.S. Navy.

The future USS Detroit is the fourth Freedom-variant LCS delivered to the U.S. Navy by Lockheed Martin and is scheduled to be commissioned in Detroit October 22.

“Team Freedom is proud to deliver another capable LCS to the Navy,” said Joe North, Vice President and General Manager of Littoral Ships and Systems. “Once commissioned, the USS Detroit will represent the interests of the United States where and when needed, with a level of force that will deter and defeat threats.”

The team is currently in full-rate production of the Freedom-variant, with six ships under construction at Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) and three more in long-lead material procurement. The ship’s modular design and plug-and-play architecture enables the U.S. Navy to achieve increased capacity and capability at a fraction of the cost of other platforms.

“We are proud to deliver another proven warship that allows our Navy to carry out its missions around the world,” said Jan Allman, FMM President and CEO. “We look forward to working with the U.S. Navy to continue building these highly capable ships for the fleet.”

LCS 7 will be the sixth U.S. Navy ship named USS Detroit. Previous ships to bear the name included a Sacramento-class fast combat support ship, an Omaha-class light cruiser, a Montgomery-class cruiser and two 19th Century sloops of war.

The team officially laid the keel for the U.S. Navy’s 17th LCS, the future USS Indianapolis, in a ceremony held at Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin.

For additional information, go to www.lockheedmartin.com/lcs.

Maritime Editorial