USS Fort Worth Comes to Life

Navy commissions newest surface combatant with commissioning of the nation’s third littoral combat ship

 

USS Fort Worth USS Fort Worth became the U.S. Navy’s third Littoral Combat Ship and newest surface combatant with its commissioning on Sept. 22 in Galveston, Texas.

The eyes of Texas, several thousand spectators and dozens of Navy officials and industry leaders watched as the nation’s third Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), USS Fort Worth, was commissioned on a beautiful autumn day in Galveston on Saturday (Sept. 22).

“This ship carries the name of Fort Worth with great pride,” said Fort Worth Blue Crew Commander Randy Blankenship during his commissioning remarks. “She will serve the Navy and the nation for years to come and carry the greatest sailors in the world. This ship will protect her crew and bring them home safely.”

The commissioning speakers included ship sponsor Congresswoman Kay Granger, former Secretary of the Navy Gordon England, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Mark Ferguson and Lockheed Martin Chairman and CEO Bob Stevens.

A Lockheed Martin led team, which includes Marinette Marine, naval architect Gibbs & Cox and numerous suppliers, built Fort Worth on budget and delivered the ship to the Navy two months early. Fort Worth will now head to its homeport in San Diego.

With its commissioning, Fort Worth now joins the nation’s first LCS, USS Freedom, in the U.S. fleet. The Navy ultimately plans on building 55 LCSs and sees the ship playing an important role in carrying out the country’s new military strategy that focuses on the Far East and Middle East. Freedom is currently preparing for a 10-month forward deployment to Singapore early next year.

“Today’s global security challenges demand new and improved solutions, and the Littoral Combat Ship represents the innovation that is needed to respond to this dynamic environment,” said Stevens. “We are incredibly proud of the men and women on our team who helped design and build Fort Worth and honored to serve those that will rely on this ship to support U.S. security goals.”

Construction of the Lockheed Martin team’s next two Freedom variant LCSs – the Milwaukee (LCS 5) and Detroit (LCS 7) – is underway in Marinette. In March, 2012, the Navy awarded a contract to the team for two more LCSs – Little Rock (LCS 9) and Sioux City (LCS 11) – and the team has begun procuring long-lead materials for their construction.

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Posted on September 22, 2012


USS Fort Worth’s commissioningDuring his remarks at the USS Fort Worth’s commissioning, Lockheed Martin Chairman and CEO Bob Stevens praised the ship’s crew, as well as the innovation built into the ship by the industry team.

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