Within the Littoral Combat Ship Program (LCS), the consortium consisting of Fincantieri, through its subsidiary Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM), and Lockheed Martin Corporation, has delivered the future USS Detroit (LCS 7) to the U.S. Navy at FMM’s shipyard in Marinette, Wisc.
Detroit is the fourth Freedom-class ship delivered by the consortium, and it is part of a program started in 2010, which comprises 11 units, all fully funded, on top of the two units delivered before 2010 (Freedom - LCS 1 and Forth Worth - LCS 3). The other 10 ships delivered or in production are: Milwaukee (LCS 5), Little Rock (LCS 9), Sioux City (LCS 11), Wichita (LCS 13), Billings (LCS 15), Indianapolis (LCS 17), St. Louis (LCS 19), Minneapolis/St. Paul (LCS 21), Cooperstown (LCS 23) and LCS 25.
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 future USS Detroit is scheduled to be commissioned in Detroit on October 22, 2016.
The construction contract for the LCS Program Freedom-class was awarded to FMM in 2010, within the partnership by Lockheed Martin, global leader in the defense sector. The LCS Freedom-class is one of the U.S. Navy’s main shipbuilding programs and relates to a new generation of mid-sized multirole vessels, designed for surveillance activities and coastal defense for deep water operations as well as capabilities for addressing asymmetrical threats such as mines, silent diesel submarines and fast surface ships. 2 LCS Freedom-class vessels have been successfully deployed to the Western Pacific, a third has been delivered in October 2015, six are under construction and three more in long-lead procurement.