Fort Worth Sails through Trials

Lockheed Martin’s latest littoral combat ship successfully completes Navy acceptance trials on Lake Michigan

 

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The latest Littoral Combat Ship, Fort Worth (LCS 3), successfully concluded its four-day Navy acceptance trials
May 4 on Lake Michigan. During the trials, LCS 3 underwent comprehensive tests intended to demonstrate the
performance of the propulsion plant, ship handling and auxiliary systems.

The eyes of Texas – and the U.S. Navy – were upon the nation’s third littoral combat ship recently, and they liked what they saw from the future USS Fort Worth.

Designed and built by a Lockheed Martin-led industry team, Fort Worth (LCS 3) successfully concluded its four-day Navy acceptance trials May 4 on Lake Michigan. During the trials, the Navy conducted comprehensive tests intended to demonstrate the performance of the propulsion plant, ship handling and auxiliary systems.

"Fort Worth performed extremely well during its trials," said LCS Program Manager Capt. John Neagley. "The ship's level of completion coupled with Marinette Marine's excellent craftsmanship resulted in relatively few material deficiencies."

Acceptance trials are the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship to the Navy. The ship was presented to the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) with high levels of completion, according to the Navy.

Built at the Marinette Marine shipyard in Wisconsin and christened last December, Fort Worth is the second Freedom-variant ship in the LCS program and is now 99 percent complete. The Navy is scheduled to take delivery this summer. Naval architect Gibbs & Cox, as well as domestic and international teammates are also on the Lockheed Martin-led team.

“This is a tremendous program milestone for the program, and a testament to Lockheed Martin’s commitment to meeting milestones and delivering on time, on budget,” said Joe North, vice president of littoral ship systems for Lockheed Martin. “It’s critically important that we remain focused on performance, especially in today’s environment.” 

The Freedom variant’s production line is shifting into high gear. The team has begun construction on the Milwaukee (LCS 5) and Detroit (LCS 7). Little Rock (LCS 9) and Sioux City (LCS 11) were awarded in March 2012 and the industry team is in the process of procuring long-lead materials for their construction. The team delivered the USS Freedom, the nation’s first LCS, to the fleet in only six years from initial concept, half the time of traditional shipbuilding programs.

The Freedom variant’s design provides outstanding maneuverability with proven sea-keeping characteristics and innovative design features to support launch and recovery operations of manned and unmanned vehicles.  Reaching speeds of more than 40 knots, the highly automated and networked surface combatant’s flexibility enables it to execute mine warfare, anti-submarine warfare, surface warfare, maritime interdiction and humanitarian/disaster relief missions. 

Posted May 7, 2012



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