US Navy’s Sixth Freedom-variant Warship Completes Acceptance Trials

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US Navy’s Sixth Freedom-variant Warship Completes Acceptance Trials
US Navy’s Sixth Freedom-variant Warship Completes Acceptance Trials

Lockheed Martin has successfully completed acceptance trials of the US Navy’s new Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the USS SIOUX CITY (LCS 11), in the waters of Lake Michigan, which is slated for delivery later this summer.

"LCS 11's completion of Acceptance Trials means this ship is one step closer to joining the fleet and conducting critical maritime operations for the Navy," said Joe DePietro, vice president, Small Combatants and Ship Systems at Lockheed Martin. "This ship is agile, powerful and lethal, and the industry team and I are looking forward to her delivery, commissioning and deployment."

The trials, conducted May 20-24, included surface and air detect-to-engage demonstrations of the ship's combat system. Major systems and features were demonstrated, including aviation support, small boat launch handling and recovery and ride control.

The future USS SIOUX CITY is one of eight ships in various stages of production and test at Fincantieri Marinette Marine, with one more in long-lead production.

The next Freedom-variant in the class is LCS 13, the future USS WICHITA. LCS 13 is slated to complete Acceptance Trials in early summer with delivery this year.

Lockheed Martin's Freedom-variant LCS is a highly maneuverable, lethal and adaptable ship, designed to support focused-missions in the areas of mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare and surface warfare. The Freedom-variant LCS integrates new technology and capability to affordably support current and future mission capability from deep water to the littorals.

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