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Friday, December 15, 2017

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USS Freedom In Milwaukee

Nov. 4, 2008, The USS Freedom (LCS 1) berths in Milwaukee harbor preparing for her commissioning on Nov. 8. The USS Freedom (LCS 1) is the first of two littoral combat ships being produced for the Navy. Freedom is an innovative combatant designed to operate quickly in shallow water environments to counter challenging threats in coastal regions, specifically mines, submarines and fast surface craft. U.S. Navy photo by John Sheppard.

US Navy to Commission LCS Little Rock

Artist rendering of the littoral combat ship USS Little Rock (LCS 9). (U.S. Navy photo illustration by Jay M. Chu)

The U.S. Navy will commission its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Little Rock (LCS 9), during a December 16 ceremony at the Canalside waterfront in Buffalo, N.Y. The future USS Little Rock is the 10th littoral combat ship to enter the fleet and the fifth of the Freedom-variant design. It is the second warship named for the Arkansas state capital and will be commissioned alongside the first USS Little Rock (CL 92), which serves as a museum at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park.

USS Freedom Repainted with Amercoat

Photo by David Clapp

PPG Industries said the topsides of the USS Freedom, lead ship of the U.S Navy's littoral combat ships (LCS), have been repainted using AMERCOAT(R) 240 edge-retention epoxy and PSX(R) 700SG epoxy-polysiloxane coatings by PPG's protective and marine coatings (PMC) business. Commissioned in 2008, the USS Freedom went to dry dock in January 2013 to remove the existing coatings system because that system had failed. Lockheed Martin, builder of the USS Freedom, naval contractor YYK Enterprises, Inc., National City, Calif., and the U.S.

USS Freedom Suffers Casualty

USS Freedom (LCS 1) (Photo: U.S. Navy)

The U.S. Navy's first littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) experienced a casualty to one of its main propulsion diesel engines (MPDE) on July 11 reportedly caused by a leak from the attached seawater pump mechanical seal that resulted in seawater entering the engine lube oil system, according to the Navy. The ship’s crew addressed the leak, enabling Freedom to return to homeport July 13 on her own power for repairs on a separate, unrelated issue. While in port, the crew performed seawater contamination procedures.

SECNAV Emphasizes Crucial Role of LCS in SE Asian Waters

SECNAV Speaks Aboard USS Freedom: Photo credit USN

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus visits the littoral combat ship (LCS) USS Freedom on its maiden SE Asia deployment. Mabus, the 75th SECNAV, delivered remarks on the flight deck of Freedom to more than 200 foreign dignitaries and representatives from 26 countries, U.S. citizens in Singapore, and Sailors. Mabus' remarks focused on the Navy's longstanding presence in Southeast Asia and highlighted the new role of littoral combat ships to work with regional navies and promote shared interests.

First of Series LCS Stops Off in Pearl Harbor

USS Freedom Entering Pearl Harbor

Navy's First Littoral Combat Ship, 'USS Freedom' (LCS1) visits Pearl Harbor en route to Far East deployment. The ultra- modern U.S. Navy ship, bearing a four-color camouflage combination of flat black, haze gray, haze white and ocean gray, arrived at Pearl Harbor after departing her homeport of San Diego to deploy to the Asia-Pacific region. Following a brief port visit, USS Freedom will deploy to Southeast Asia and Singapore for approximately eight months. Marking the first of many planned rotational deployments to the Western Pacific for the new LCS platform…

Lockheed Martin-Led Team Launches Third LCS

The Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)-led industry team launched the nation's third Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), Fort Worth, at the Marinette Marine shipyard. The 389-ft Fort Worth was launched into the Menominee River. Just prior to its launch, the ship's sponsor, Congresswoman Kay Granger of Texas, christened Fort Worth with the traditional smashing of a champagne bottle across the ship's bow. In March 2009, the U.S. Navy awarded the Lockheed Martin-led industry team a contract to construct Fort Worth. Only 20 months later, the ship is 80 percent complete. Now formally christened and launched, Fort Worth will continue to undergo outfitting and testing at Marinette Marine before delivery to the Navy in 2012.

PPG's AMERCOAT Wins Navy Coating Award

USS Freedom arrives San Diego: Photo credit USN

PPG Industries’ protective and marine coatings (PMC) business inform they have received The Society of Protective Coatings (SSPC) 2014 Military Coatings Project Award of Excellence for the performance of AMERCOAT® 240 and PSX® 700SG coatings on the 'USS Freedom', the lead ship of the U.S. Navy’s littoral combat fleet. The award is given annually by SSPC to recognize exceptional coatings work performed on U.S. military ships, structures or facilities. Commissioned in 2008, the USS Freedom went to dry dock last year after its existing coating system failed.

Eye on the Fleet – LCS Freedom

On Nov. 13, the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) sailed toward the Cleveland Municipal Pier for a scheduled port visiting Cleveland, Ohio. Freedom will make other port calls as the ship continues to Naval Amphibious Bass Little Creek, Va. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 3rd Class Specialist Kenneth R. Hendrix. (Source: Navy News Service)

South China Sea Exercises Joined by LCS1 'USS Freedom'

USS Freedom departs for SEACAT: Photo credit USN

The littoral combat ship 'USS Freedom' (LCS 1) is participating in the Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT) exercise with several regional navies, including Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. SEACAT highlights the value of information sharing and multilateral cooperation in scenarios that give participating navies hands-on practice in maritime security operations. Freedom's participation includes several boarding events conducted with her embarked visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) teams, 11-meter rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIB) and MH-60R helicopter.

Navy's First LCS Honors Freedom

Secretary of the Navy Gordon England has selected the name Freedom for the Navy's first new Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). Freedom. Wyoming. the world where the enemies of freedom seek to operate and hide" England said. added. threats in coastal regions, specifically mines, submarines and fast surface craft. variety of missions. design with options for detail design and construction of up to two LCS ships. Systems ... of the first LCS. Lockheed Martin's teammates include Gibbs ... Marinette Marine, Marinette, Wis.; and Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, La. Marinette, Wis.

Fort Worth (LCS 3) Completes Sea Trials

USS Fort Worth

Nation's Third Littoral Combat Ship Successfully Completes Acceptance Trials. The nation's third Littoral Combat Ship, USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), successfully completed its U.S. Navy acceptance trials and will be delivered to the Navy this summer. Fort Worth is the second surface combatant designed and built by a Lockheed Martin-led industry team. The trials, conducted in Lake Michigan from April 30 to May 4, included a four-hour full-power run and both surface and air detect-to-engage demonstrations of the ship's combat management system.

Littoral Combat Ship Funding Boosted for Lockheed

Littoral Combat Ship: Photo credit US Navy

Contract modification is for construction of Little Rock (LCS 9) and Sioux City (LCS 11). Construction on the first and second ships awarded under this contract, Milwaukee (LCS 5) and Detroit (LCS 7), is already underway. Two ships awarded under previous contracts include USS Freedom (LCS 1), currently being prepared for her next deployment, and Fort Worth (LCS 3), scheduled to be commissioned in September. Marinette Marine Corporation, a Fincantieri company, is building the ships in Marinette, Wis., with naval architect Gibbs & Cox of Arlington, Va. providing engineering support.

USS Freedom Uses Everpure Bromination

The USS Freedom, commissioned into active service on Nov. 8 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is the first of the U.S. Navy’s new class of agile, high-tech warships designed for fast response in shallow, coastal waters to counter threats from mines, submarines and fast surface craft. The Freedom represents a new U.S. maritime strategy and will play an important role in the Navy’s future. Pentair’s involvement with the project began three years ago when Wisconsin’s Marinette Marine Corporation was tasked with building the first of 55 ships. Marinette Marine called on Pentair to build the ship’s water filtration system, using the Everpure bromination systems. Safer and easier to use aboard ships and submarines than chlorine, Everpure bromination systems are installed aboard most U.S.

Lockheed Martin Contract for Next LCS

The U.S. Navy has awarded a Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) -led industry team a fixed price incentive fee contract to construct the Navy's third Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). Marinette Marine Corporation in Marinette, WI, will construct the ship. "The Freedom class LCS is the most affordable surface combatant in the current shipbuilding plan in the last four decades - only six years from concept to the fleet, half the time," said Dan Schultz, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin's Integrated Defense Technologies business. The nation's first LCS, USS Freedom, was also built at Marinette Marine. USS Freedom was commissioned by the Navy on November 8, 2008, following successful sea trials in August and delivery in September.

Lockheed Martin Awarded $376m for LCS

The U.S. Navy awarded a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)-led industry team $376m to build the seventh Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). The fixed-price-incentive-fee contract provides funding for the second of 10 ships the Navy awarded to the Lockheed Martin team in December 2010. The contracts for the remaining eight ships will be awarded through 2015. Marinette Marine Corporation, a Fincantieri company, will construct the ships in Marinette, Wis., and naval architect Gibbs & Cox will provide engineering and design support. "As the Lockheed Martin team constructs this next ship, we will remain focused on performance and cost," said Joe North, vice president of Lockheed Martin's Littoral Ship Systems business.

LCS 1 To Be Commissioned Nov. 8

Civilians watch as the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) approaches the Menekaunee draw bridge as the ship goes to sea to begin acceptance trials. The Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey team will conduct the acceptance trials in Lake Michigan.

The Navy's newest ship, the future USS Freedom (LCS 1), will be commissioned Nov. 8 at Veteran's Memorial Park in . The commissioning date set by Secretary of the Navy, Donald C. Winter, was announced by the commissioning committee Aug. 18 in . "This is a huge milestone, another milestone in the life of USS Freedom," said Cmdr. Michael Doran, prospective commanding officer of Freedom's Gold Crew. The littoral combat ship was designed to provide the U.S. Navy with greater flexibility and capability in operating in the littoral or "green water" coastal areas.

Gibbs & Cox Part of Lockheed LCS Team

The U.S. Navy has awarded a Lockheed Martin led industry team a fixed price incentive fee contract to construct the Navy’s third Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). Gibbs & Cox, Inc., naval architects and marine engineers, is the Design Agent for the Lockheed Martin Team. Kevin Moak, Chairman of Gibbs & Cox, Inc. Gibbs & Cox, Inc. was the Lead Ship Design Agent for the nation’s first LCS, USS Freedom. USS Freedom was commissioned by the Navy on November 8, 2008, following successful sea trials in August and delivery in September. Gibbs & Cox, Inc. will continue as the Design Agent for the next Lockheed Martin Littoral Combat Ship. Gibbs & Cox, Inc. is an independent engineering and design firm specializing in naval architecture, marine engineering, management support, and engineering consulting.

Freedom Sets Sail for CARAT Malaysia 2013

USS Freedom (Official U.S. Navy file photo.)

The Navy's first littoral combat ship, USS Freedom (LCS 1), departed Changi Naval Base June 11 to participate in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Malaysia 2013. CARAT Malaysia is among the key maritime exercises and exchanges Freedom will conduct with regional navies and U.S. 7th Fleet units while deployed to Southeast Asia. In May, Freedom participated in the International Maritime Defense Exhibition (IMDEX) and the Republic of Singapore Navy's Western Pacific Multilateral Sea Exercise (WMSX).

LCS 'USS Freedom' to Deploy Shortly

LCS Freedom off San Diego: Photo credit USN

The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) is on track to begin its first deployment March 1, 2013. This milestone was announced by the LCS Council, a group established by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert to oversee continued fleet testing and the introduction of the LCS. LCS ships are designed to employ mission packages that address capability gaps in the areas of surface warfare, mine countermeasures, and anti-submarine warfare. Due to its modular design, each LCS ship can be reconfigured to perform one of those three distinct missions in a short period of time.

USN, Republic of Singapore Navy Commence 19th CARAT Singapore

The guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) docks near the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) in Singapore. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. Pugh/Released)

The 19th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore exercise commenced with an opening ceremony at Changi Naval Base, July 15. Continuing through July 26, CARAT Singapore 2013 consists of 12 days of shore-based and at-sea training events designed to address shared maritime security priorities, develop relationships, and enhance interoperability among participating forces. CARAT Singapore is part of a series of bilateral naval exercises between the U.S. Navy and the armed forces of nine partner nations in South and Southeast Asia.

Navy Accepts Delivery of USS Gabrielle Giffords

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Gabby Giffords waves to a crowd in front of the littoral combat ship, USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), named for her. Giffords was on the stage as Dr. Jill Biden christened the ship at Austal USA in Mobile, Ala. The 419-foot ship was built at the Austal shipyard and is the Navy's 10th littoral combat ship designed to operate in shallow waters near the coast. It is 16th U.S. naval ship to be named for a woman and only the 13th since 1850 to be named for a living person.

The Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) during a ceremony, Dec. 23. Gabrielle Giffords is the ninth littoral combat ship (LCS) to be delivered to the Navy and the fifth of the Independence variant to join the fleet. The Independence variant is noted for its unique trimaran hull, ability to operate at high speeds and large flight deck size. "We are pleased to receive the future USS Gabrielle Giffords into the LCS class," said Capt. Harrison, commander, LCS Squadron (COMLCSRON) 1.

Galinis Commands NAVSEA's SUPSHIP Gulf Coast

Capt. William J. Galinis relieved Capt. Mary E. Dexter as commanding officer of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) field activity, Supervisor of Shipbuilding (SUPSHIP), Conversion and Repair, Gulf Coast, Sept. 18 in a ceremony in Pascagoula, Miss. Retired Rear Adm. Mark Hugel gave the ceremony's keynote address. NAVSEA Commander, Vice Adm. Kevin McCoy spoke about how SUPSHIP Gulf Coast has made an invaluable impact on the Navy's ability to build the Fleet. "(Dexter) led this team of more than 350 military and civilian employees in providing the engineering, quality assurance, contract management, and financial services in partnership with industry to build our 21st century Navy," said McCoy.

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