Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Detroit (LCS 7)
(Source: U.S Navy; issued Aug 15, 2016)
The future USS Detroit, the fourth Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship delivered to the U.S. Navy, underway during Acceptance Trials on July 13, 2016. The future USS Detroit will be commissioned in Detroit on Oct. 22, 2016. (LM photo)
MARINETTE, Wis. --- The Navy accepted delivery of future USS Detroit (LCS 7) during a ceremony at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard, Aug. 12.

Detroit is the eighth littoral combat ship (LCS) to be delivered to the Navy and the fourth Freedom variant to join the fleet.

Capt. Warren R. Buller II, commander, LCS Squadron (COMLCSRON) 1, welcomed Detroit to the fleet. "We are pleased to receive the future USS Detroit into the LCS class," Buller said. "Detroit will be the sixth ship in the U.S. Navy honored to carry the name of this great American city, and will soon be joining her sister littoral combat ships operating with the fleet in critical missions around the globe."

COMLCSRON supports the operational commanders with warships ready for tasking by manning, training, equipping and maintaining littoral combat ships in the fleet.

Delivery marks the official transfer of LCS 7 from the shipbuilder, part of a Lockheed Martin-led team, to the Navy. It is the final milestone prior to commissioning, which is planned for October in the ship's namesake city, Detroit.

"Today marks a significant milestone in the life of the future USS Detroit, an exceptional ship which will conduct anti-submarine, surface and mine countermeasures operations around the globe with ever-increasing mission package capability," said LCS Program Manager Capt. Tom Anderson. "I look forward to seeing Detroit join her sister ship USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) this fall."

Several more ships of the variant are under construction at Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin. Future USS Little Rock (LCS 9) is preparing for trials in 2016. Future USS Sioux City (LCS 11) was christened in January and is currently conducting system testing in preparation for trials in 2017. Future USS Wichita (LCS 13) is preparing for launch this fall, while future USS Billings (LCS 15) had her keel laid November 2015. Indianapolis (LCS 17) started fabrication August 2015 and is preparing to have her keel laid this summer. Additional ships in the pre-production phase include St. Louis (LCS 19), Minneapolis-St. Paul (LCS 21), Cooperstown (LCS 23) and unnamed LCS 25.

The LCS class consists of the Freedom variant and Independence variant, designed and built by two industry teams. The Freedom variant team is led by Lockheed Martin for odd-numbered hulls, e.g. LCS 1. The Independence variant team is led by Austal USA, for LCS 6 and follow-on even-numbered hulls. There are 12 ships currently under construction purchased under the Navy's 22 ship block-buy acquisition strategy.

LCS is a modular, reconfigurable ship, with three types of mission packages including surface warfare, mine countermeasures, and anti-submarine warfare. The Program Executive Office for Littoral Combat Ships (PEO LCS) is responsible for delivering and sustaining littoral mission capabilities to the fleet. Delivering high-quality warfighting assets while balancing affordability and capability is key to supporting the nation's maritime strategy.

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LCS Program: “Detroit” Delivered
(Source: Fincantieri; issued August 15, 2016)
TRIESTE, Italy --- Within the Littoral Combat Ship Program (LCS), the consortium consisting of Fincantieri, through its subsidiary Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM), and Lockheed Martin Corporation, has delivered “Detroit” (LCS 7) to the US Navy at FMM’s shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin.

“Detroit” is the fourth Freedom-class ship delivered by the consortium, and it is part of a program started in 2010, which comprises 11 units, all fully funded, on top of the two units delivered before 2010 (“Freedom” - LCS 1 and “Forth Worth” - LCS 3). The other 10 ships delivered or in production are: “Milwaukee” (LCS 5), “Little Rock” (LCS 9), “Sioux City” (LCS 11), “Wichita” (LCS 13), “Billings” (LCS 15), “Indianapolis” (LCS 17), “St. Louis” (LCS 19), “Minneapolis/St. Paul” (LCS 21), “Cooperstown” (LCS 23) and LCS 25.

The construction contract for the LCS Program Freedom-class was awarded to FMM in 2010, within the partnership by Lockheed Martin, global leader in the defense sector. The LCS Freedom-class is one of the US Navy’s main shipbuilding programs and relates to a new generation of mid-sized multirole vessels, designed for surveillance activities and coastal defense for deep water operations as well as capabilities for addressing asymmetrical threats such as mines, silent diesel submarines and fast surface ships.

Two LCS Freedom-class vessels have been successfully deployed to the Western Pacific, a third has been delivered in October 2015, 6 are under construction and 3 more in long-lead procurement.


Fincantieri is one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and number one by diversification and innovation. Headquartered in Trieste (Italy), the Group has built more than 7,000 vessels in over 230 years of maritime history. With almost 19,000 employees, of whom more than 7,800 in Italy, 20 shipyards in 4 continents, today Fincantieri is the leading Western shipbuilder.

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Lockheed Martin-Led Team Delivers Future USS Detroit to U.S. Navy
(Source: Lockheed Martin; issued August 15, 2016)
MARINETTE, Wis. --- The Lockheed Martin-led industry team delivered the nation’s seventh Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the future USS Detroit, to the U.S. Navy on Aug. 12.

The future USS Detroit is the fourth Freedom-variant LCS delivered to the U.S. Navy by Lockheed Martin and is scheduled to be commissioned in Detroit on Oct. 22.

“Team Freedom is proud to deliver another capable LCS to the Navy,” said Joe North, vice president and general manager of Littoral Ships and Systems. “Once commissioned, the USS Detroit will represent the interests of the United States where and when needed, with a level of force that will deter and defeat threats.”

The Lockheed Martin-led industry team is currently in full-rate production of the Freedom-variant, with six ships under construction at Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) and three more in long-lead material procurement. The ship’s modular design and plug-and-play architecture enables the U.S. Navy to achieve increased capacity and capability at a fraction of the cost of other platforms.

“We are proud to deliver another proven warship that allows our Navy to carry out its missions around the world,” said Jan Allman, FMM president and CEO. “We look forward to working with the U.S. Navy to continue building these highly capable ships for the fleet.”

LCS 7 will be the sixth U.S. Navy ship named USS Detroit. Previous ships to bear the name included a Sacramento-class fast combat support ship, an Omaha-class light cruiser, a Montgomery-class cruiser and two 19th century sloops of war.

The Lockheed Martin-led LCS team is comprised of shipbuilder Fincantieri Marinette Marine, naval architect Gibbs & Cox, and more than 500 suppliers in 37 states. The Freedom-variant’s steel monohull is based on a proven, survivable design recognized for its stability and reliability. With 40 percent reconfigurable shipboard space, the hull is ideally suited to accommodate additional lethality and survivability upgrades associated with the Freedom-variant Frigate.

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