Navy Commissions USS Sioux City LCSIssue Date: November 21, 2018
USS Sioux City, the nation's sixth Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) built at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard in Marinette, was commissioned in ceremonies Saturday, Nov. 17 at the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD. This milestone places the ship, built by Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine, into active service.
"LCS is our most effective fleet asset to counter asymmetric small craft threats," Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson said. "This ship and the ships like her are going to complicate any adversary's operating picture. You're going to need to keep track of Sioux City when she's at sea, because if you don't, she's going to make you pay for that."
"Two thousand men and women crafted this ship from flat steel to the capable and agile surface combatant being commissioned. The men and women who sail this ship have an enormous responsibility in protecting our nation and allies, and we consider it a privilege to support these missions," said Jan Allman, President and CEO of Fincantieri Marinette Marine. "I am confident that when called upon, the USS Sioux City will always prevail."
USS Sioux City (LCS 11) is the first combat ship to be commissioned at the USS Naval Academy, and the 13th LCS in the Navy fleet.
Unique among combat ships, LCS is designed to complete close-to-shore missions and is a growing and relevant part of the Navy's fleet. The LCS is fast, capable of speeds in excess of 40 knots; automated - with the most efficient staffing of any combat ship; lethal - standard equipped with Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM) and a Mark 110 gun, capable of firing 220 rounds per minute, and flexible, with 40 percent of the hull easily reconfigurable to integrate capabilities like the Longbow Hellfire Missiles, 30mm guns, and manned and unmanned vehicles targeted to meet today's and tomorrow's missions.
"We are confident that LCS 11 will be what the Navy needs, when the fleet needs it," said Joe DePietro, vice president, Small Combatants and Ship Systems, Lockheed Martin at the commissioning ceremonies. "We remain focused on delivering these ships as quickly as possible with increasing capability and lethality. These ships will have a long lifespan, and we're working with the Navy to make LCS even stronger and more resilient."
According to Lockheed-Martin, the Freedom-variant LCS integrates new technology and capability to affordably support current and future mission capability from deep water to the shallow littoral areas. LCS 11 is equipped to support surface warfare.
This year, USS Milwaukee and USS Detroit, both built at Marinette Marine, completed Longbow Hellfire missile testing. USS Little Rock completed RAM testing, and the USS Milwaukee and USS Little Rock participated in Fleet Weeks around the United States.
The Freedom-variant LCS, built at Marinette Marine, is designed to integrate modular weapons, as well as manned and unmanned vehicles to deliver war fighting capability to the fleet in mine counter measures, anti-surface warfare and anti-submarine warfare.
There are currently seven LCS in various stages of production and test at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard in Marinette, where the Freedom-variant LCS is built. LCS 19, the future USS St. Louis, the seventh ship in naval service named after St. Louis, MO, is scheduled for christening there on Saturday, Dec. 15.
LCS 13, the future USS Wichita, also built in Marinette, is scheduled for commissioning in Mayport, Fla. in January.
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