The Lockheed Martin-led industry team launched the nation's fifth Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), Milwaukee, into the Menominee River at the Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard. A fast, maneuverable surface combatant, the LCS provides warfighting capabilities and operational flexibility as the nation’s next generation defender.
The future USS Milwaukee recently moved to her launch site in preparation for her christening. Built on proven performance, Milwaukee will be the next Freedom-class littoral combat ship to patrol the world's shorelines and open seas.
Mounted on special equipment, the ship left the building facility and completed a 180-degree turn on land before resting at the waterfront of the Menominee River in Marinette, Wis.
LCS is agile and flexible, with reconfigurable mission packages, enabling the ship to combat multiple threats. The LCS capabilities include anti-submarine warfare, surface warfare and mine countermeasures mission packages.
Prior to launch, Ship Sponsor Mrs. Sylvia Panetta will officially christen Milwaukee with the traditional smashing of a champagne bottle across the ship's bow.