Aloha USS Freedom

Nation’s first Littoral Combat Ship visits Hawaii en route to Southeast Asia deployment


Since departing March 1 for its 10-month deployment to Southeast Asia, USS Freedom has been sailing the Pacific Ocean. So, what better place for the nation’s first Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) to make its first stop than Hawaii?

Built by a Lockheed Martin led team, Freedom stopped at Pearl Harbor Mar. 11 and departed Mar. 14. During the visit, Navy and industry teams performed routine maintenance and gave ship tours.

Ship commander Timothy Wilke hosted Lockheed Martin CEO and President Marillyn Hewson and Dale P. Bennett, Lockheed Martin executive vice president of Mission Systems and Training, for a tour of the ship and to meet with the crew.

 “We are incredibly proud to have helped design and build USS Freedom,” said Hewson. “It was a pleasure to meet with the crew, and we wish them safe travels during their deployment.”

After leaving the Aloha State, Freedom will head to Guam before participating in the International Maritime Defense Exhibition (IMDEX) in Singapore and select phases of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training exercise in Southeast Asia.

Check back here to see the latest photos from Freedom’s visit to Pearl Harbor, and follow the ship’s journey to Southeast Asia.

Posted on March 15, 2013; Updated March 19, 2013