Special Delivery for Fort Worth

Navy accepts delivery of its third Littoral Combat Ship two months ahead of schedule


The Lockheed Martin led team officially delivered its second Littoral Combat Ship, the Fort Worth, two months ahead of schedule, turning the ship over to the U.S. Navy on June 6 at the Marinette Marine shipyard in Wisconsin.

Less is best for the nation’s third Littoral Combat Ship (LCS).

For the Fort Worth (LCS 3), the Lockheed Martin-led team needed 30 percent fewer production hours to build the ship compared to the USS Freedom (LCS 1). And now following the successful Acceptance Trials in May, the team officially delivered the Fort Worth two months ahead of schedule, turning the ship over to the U.S. Navy on June 6 at the Marinette Marine shipyard in northeast Wisconsin.

“By delivering Fort Worth early and performing so successfully on Acceptance Trials, this team has reached milestones that are rare this early in building a new ship class,” said U.S. Navy LCS Program Manager Rear Admiral (Select) John Neagley.

The team used its experience in building and maintaining the first-in-class Freedom to decrease costs and improve efficiency on Fort Worth. As with other new ship classes, some minor design changes were made to Fort Worth, including increasing fuel capacity 10 percent by lengthening the hull, altering the bridge windows for enhanced visibility and adding corrosion control techniques.

“Going forward, we intend to remain on schedule and on cost, while we continue incorporating lessons learned and drive down costs,” Joe North, vice president of Littoral Ship Systems for Lockheed Martin.

The Fort Worth will remain at the Marinette Marine shipyard until later this summer as the crew becomes familiar with the ship.  It will then transit through the Great Lakes and down the East Coast on its way to commissioning in Galveston, Texas, in September.

Since being deployed two years early in 2010, the Freedom has sailed more than 58,000 nautical miles, participating in RIMPAC 2010 and in drug interdiction missions with the Coast Guard in the Caribbean.

Construction of the team’s next two Freedom variant LCSs – the Milwaukee (LCS 5) and Detroit (LCS 7) – is underway in Marinette. 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.

In addition to Marinette Marine, the Lockheed Martin-led LCS team includes naval architect Gibbs & Cox, as well as domestic and international teammates.

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Navy officially accepts delivery of the Fort WorthThe Navy officially accepted delivery of the Fort Worth (LCS 3) June 6. Pictured at the ceremony in Marinette, Wis., are (left to right): Christina Sener, Bath quality director; U.S. Navy Cmdr. Nathan Schneider, Bath program manager’s representative; Joe North, Lockheed Martin Littoral Ship Systems vice president; George Kaniamos, Lockheed Martin Littoral Ship Systems quality manager.


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