MARINETTE, Wis., Aug. 15, 2016 — The Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)-led industry team delivered the nation’s seventh Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the future USS Detroit, to the U.S. Navy on Aug. 12.
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 on Oct. 22.
“Team Freedom is proud to deliver another capable LCS to the Navy,” said Joe North, vice president 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 Lockheed Martin-led industry 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 Lockheed Martin-led LCS team is comprised of shipbuilder Fincantieri Marinette Marine, naval architect Gibbs & Cox, and more than 500 suppliers in 37 states. The Freedom-variant’s steel monohull is based on a proven, survivable design recognized for its stability and reliability. With 40 percent reconfigurable shipboard space, the hull is ideally suited to accommodate additional lethality and survivability upgrades associated with the Freedom-variant Frigate.