US Navy orders 16th Freedom-class littoral combat ship

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Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine was awarded a contract to build littoral combat ship (LCS) 31, the 16th Freedom-class LCS of the United States Navy.

Lockheed Martin said LCS 31 will be built in Marinette, Wisconsin, at FMM, the Midwest’s only naval shipyard.

“The team will leverage capital investment and improvement in the shipyard and efficiencies created with serial production to maintain high quality at an affordable cost,” Lockheed MArtin said.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with the Navy and FMM to build and deliver capable ships to the fleet,” said Joe DePietro, vice president and general manager, Lockheed Martin Small Combatants and Ship Systems. “With the Freedom-variant in serial production, we continue to enhance efficiency and incorporate capability while maintaining ship and program affordability.”

Lockheed Martin said its Freedom-variant LCS is highly maneuverable, lethal and adaptable.

“Originally designed to support focused missions such as mine warfare, anti-submarine warfare and surface warfare, the team continues to evolve capabilities based on rigorous Navy operational testing, sailor feedback and multiple successful fleet deployments,” Lockheed Martin said.

“The Freedom-variant LCS integrates new technology and capability to affordably support current and future mission capability from deep water to the littorals,” it added.