A Texas-Sized Welcome for LCS 3

Crew dons cowboy hats as Fort Worth arrives in Galveston for Sept. 22 commissioning

 

LCS 3 Fort Worth (LCS 3) recently arrived in Galveston. The ship and crew will participate in a week-long celebration leading up to its Sept. 22 commissioning when it will officially join the U.S. Navy fleet and become USS Fort Worth. Courtesy U.S. Navy.

UPDATE: The Navy announced that the commissioning of the USS Fort Worth can viewed line on-line at http://www.navy.mil/video_player_live_TPC.html.

The white 10-gallon cowboy hats the crew of the nation’s third Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) wore weren’t exactly Navy issue, but they certainly were appropriate as Fort Worth docked at Pier 21 in Galveston, Texas, for its commissioning.

LCS 3 arrived in Galveston Sept. 17, and the ship and crew will participate in a week-long celebration leading up to its Sept. 22 commissioning when it will officially join the U.S. Navy fleet and become USS Fort Worth.

"It is great to finally be in Galveston. The Navy could not have chosen a better place to host the commissioning of its newest warship," said Fort Worth blue crew Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Randy Blankenship in an Sept. 18 article on the Navy’s website. "The crew is looking forward to getting some rest and relaxation prior to bringing the ship to life Saturday. I am certain we will enjoy the great southern hospitality of the citizens of Galveston and Fort Worth, and we are looking forward to building a strong, lasting relationship with two of Texas' finest cities."

The ship will be open to the general public for tours Sept. 18-20 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. No reservations are necessary, but visitors are asked to wear sensible clothing and shoes with closed toes for safety. Only a few tickets remain for the commissioning. For those who can’t make it to Pier 21 on Sept. 22, the Navy plans to plans to broadcast the commissioning live on its website, www.navy.mil.

Fort Worth is the second Freedom variant LCS built by a Lockheed Martin led team that also includes Fincantieri’s Marinette Marine shipyard and naval architect Gibbs & Cox, as well as a number of domestic and international suppliers.

Using lessons learned from building the first Freedom variant, USS Freedom, the Lockheed Martin team made Forth Worth quicker, better and more affordably. Incorporating valuable feedback from Freedom, Fort Worth also includes an extended surface area that enables it to carry more fuel that enhances the ship’s range, speed and payload and internalized buoyancy tanks which provide even greater stability.

A fast, agile, focused-mission ship, LCS is designed to defeat asymmetric "anti-access" threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft in waters close to shore, referred to as the littorals. With a flexible and reconfigurable seaframe, LCS can rapidly change out its mission modules to meet changing warfare needs.

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Posted September 18, 2012


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