Freedom Goes Island Hopping

Nation’s first Littoral Combat Ship visits Guam as part of deployment to Southeast Asia

USS Freedom visits GuamThe nation’s first Littoral Combat Ship, the USS Freedom, arrived in Guam March 28 as part of its eight-month deployment to Southeast Asia. Photo courtesy U.S. Navy.

USS Freedom is enjoying the island life. Following its first stop in Hawaii, the nation’s first Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), built by a Lockheed Martin-led team, stopped in Guam March 28 as part of its eight-month deployment to Southeast Asia.

The visit marked Freedom’s first to a port in the U.S. 7th Fleet’s area of responsibility. During Freedom’s stay in Guam, Navy and industry teams will perform routine maintenance and give ship tours. Dozens of crew members will also volunteer their time to support several community service projects.

The 7th Fleet is responsible for more than 48 million square miles from west of the international date line to the western coast of India. Freedom joins approximately 100 ships and submarines assigned to 7th Fleet on any given day to cover this area.

During its current deployment, Freedom will also participate in the International Maritime Defence Exhibition (IMDEX) in Singapore May 14-16 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 Guam, and follow the ship’s journey to Southeast Asia.

Posted on March 29, 2013