The new generation first Littoral Combat Ship (LCS 1), USS Freedom is getting ready for commissioning on November 08 at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Milwaukee.
Some of the interesting features of USS Freedom (LCS 1) are:
- The ship was in drawing board stage just 64 months back.
- In May 2004, the U.S.Navy awarded a $423 million contract for design and construction of up to two Flight 0, to a Lockheed Martin led team.
- The ship builder is Marinette Marine Corporation of Lockheed Martin.
- The ship’s keel was laid on June 02, 2005.
- Freedom was christened on September 24, 2006.
- The ship commenced her Builder’s Trials on July 28 at Lake Michigan.
- The ship
- is designed for flexible operation in the littoral or “green water” coastal areas.
- is further designed to turn 360 degrees in less than eight lengths at top speed and to accelerate to full speed in less than two minutes.
- is 377 feet long with a beam of 57 feet.
- has amazing speed of 45 to 60 knots, depending on her load.
- can operate in less than 20 feet depth of shallow waters.
- can be reconfigured for antisubmarine warfare, mine warfare, or surface warfare missions as 40 percent of ship’s space is flexible for this purpose.
- can act as a platform for launch and recovery of manned and unmanned vehicles.
- has a highly automated engineering plant and water jet propulsion.
- has Mk 46 30 millimeter gun system: a two-axis stabilized chain gun that can fire up to 200 rounds per minute. The gun system interfaces a forward-looking infrared sensor, a low light television camera and laser rangefinder with a closed-loop tracking system to optimize accuracy against small, high-speed surface targets.
- USS Freedom will be manned by one of two rotational crews, blue and gold.
- Cmdr. Michael Doran is the prospective commanding officer of Gold Crew.
- After commissioning the ship will undergo operational testing at Norfolk.
- Ship will be based at San Diego.
The second ship of the class, Independence, is being built at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala., by General Dynamics Bath Iron Works.
Here are some photographs of USS Freedom (LCS 1) from U.S.Navy website:
Here are some video clips of USS Freedom (LCS 1):
- LCS 1 High Speed Trials during Builder’s Sea Trials
- LCS 1 Builder’s Sea Trials
- Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) design features
Read more from U.S.Navy.
Update: September 17
The US Navy plans to purchase 55 Littoral Combat Ships to replace 14 Avenger class Mine Countermeasures Ships, 12 Osprey class Coastal Minehunters, and 30 Oliver Hazard Perry class Frigates. The trade is 55 Littoral Combat Ships for 56 ships of three classes. There will also be 64 mission modules. The Navy intends to buy 16 ASW modules, 24 ASuW modules, and 24 MCM modules. Read more from Information Dissemination.
Update: September 19
Supervisor of Shipbuilding Gulf Coast officially accepted delivery of USS Freedom (LCS 1) on behalf of the Navy from the Lockheed Martin/Marinette Marine/Gibbs and Cox team in Marinette, Wis., on Septemer 18. With acceptance by the Navy, the LCS crew will move aboard and prepare the ship to depart Marinette Marine for Milwaukee, the location of the ship’s commissioning. Read more from U.S.Navy.
Update: November 06
The U.S Navy’s first littoral combat ship (LCS) Freedom will be commissioned on Saturday, November 08, 2008, at 1000 hours EST ceremony at Veterans Park, Milwaukee, Wis. Read more from U.S Navy.
Update: November 07
Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Adm. Robert F. Willard discussed the importance of the Navy’s latest addition to its surface forces, the littoral combat ship (LCS). Read more from U.S Navy.
Update: November 09
The USS Freedom (LCS 1) was commissioned on November 08, by Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter, at Milwaukee’s Veterans Park in the presence of nearly 10,000 visitors. Read more from U.S Navy.
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